Regulating the Long-Term Safety of Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste

Practical Issues and Challenges - Workshop Proceedings - Paris, France 28-30 November 2006

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Regulating the long-term safety of geological disposal of radioactive waste is a key part of making progress on the radioactive waste management issue. A survey of member countries has shown that differences exist both in the protection criteria being applied and in the methods for demonstrating compliance, reflecting historical and cultural differences between countries which in turn result in a diversity of decision-making approaches and frameworks. This conference proceedings presents discussions focused on diversity in regulatory processes; the basis and tools for assuring long-term protection; ethical responsibilities of one generation to later generations and how these can be discharged; and adapting regulatory processes to the long time frames involved in implementing geological disposal. These proceedings include a summary of the viewpoints expressed as well as the 22 papers presented at the workshop.


Rapporteurs' Reports

Nuclear Energy Agency

Carmen Ruiz presented the expectations and recommendations of the international bodies (ICRP, IAEA and NEA). As expected, the work of these organisations is of a high technical quality. For the most part, our technical colleagues perform this work for those bodies responsible for the licensing and enforcement elements of the regulatory process. But this work has hardly been mentioned in the context of the current workshop discussion.


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