Timing of High-level Waste Disposal

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This study identifies key factors influencing the timing of high-level waste (HLW) disposal and examines how social acceptability, technical soundness, environmental responsibility and economic feasibility impact on national strategies for HLW management and disposal. Based on case study analyses, it also presents the strategic approaches adopted in a number of national policies to address public concerns and civil society requirements regarding long-term stewardship of high-level radioactive waste. The findings and conclusions of the study confirm the importance of informing all stakeholders and involving them in the decision-making process in order to implement HLW disposal strategies successfully.

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Nuclear Energy Agency

In the previous chapter, the initial thoughts of the expert group were compared to the evaluation at the end of this project, following sharing of the country experience and consideration of public opinion, in as much as this can be judged for OECD countries via the work of the Eurobarometre (Table 5.5). [As discussed earlier, while this latter covers only the attitudes of the Euro 25, as it was at the time, it is one of the most extensive surveys of its kind and has the great merit of asking consistent questions across a range of nations. The issues associated with HLW disposal seem common across continents. Given this and limited other evidence, it is probable that the issues in the public mind are also similar.]

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