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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.

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Synthesis of Expressed Viewpoints

Nuclear Energy Agency

A variety of viewpoints were voiced at the workshop either in oral presentations or in the ensuing discussions. These viewpoints have been collected and organised in six broad areas. Workshop participants have contributed by reviewing and commenting on the present collection of viewpoints, which is provided for convenience. More detailed and precise information is provided in the summary of the workshop and the contributed papers.

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