Partnering for Long-Term Management of Radioactive Waste

Evolution and Current Practice in Thirteen Countries

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National radioactive waste management programmes are in various phases of siting facilities and rely on distinct technical approaches for different categories of waste. In all cases, it is necessary for institutional actors and the potential or actual host community to build a meaningful, workable relationship. Partnership approaches are effective in achieving a balance between the requirements of fair representation and competent participation. With host community support, they also help ensure the desirable combination of a licensable site and management concept as well as a balance between compensation, local control and development opportunities. This report provides up-to-date information on experience with local partnership arrangements in 13 countries. The characteristics, advantages and aims of community partnerships are also described in addition to the concept's evolution over the past decade.

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United States – proposed geological repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Nuclear Energy Agency

In June 2008, the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) submitted an application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a licence to construct a geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste and used nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The application was prepared by the OCRWM. In September 2008, the NRC accepted the application for review. Upon completion of a comprehensive technical review, the NRC will conduct formal adjudicatory hearings. Based on the results of the licensing review and the formal hearings, the NRC will decide whether to authorise construction of the Yucca Mountain repository.

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