Towards Transparent, Proportionate and Deliverable Regulation for Geological Disposal

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These workshop proceedings highlight the significant amount of work accomplished over the past decade in delivering transparent, proportionate regulation for geological disposal, and identify important differences between national regulations even if these are not in contradiction with international guidance. They also underline the importance of R&D carried out on behalf of the regulator. In addition to the contributed papers, these proceedings trace the numerous discussions that formed an integral part of the workshop. They constitute an important and unique documentary basis for researchers and radioactive waste management specialists. Themes addressed include duties to future generations, timescales for regulation, stepwise decision making, roles of optimisation and best available techniques (BAT), multiple lines of reasoning, safety and performance indicators, recognition of uncertainties and the importance of stakeholder interactions.



Regulatory Research and Development Activities

Nuclear Energy Agency

The question of active involvement of nuclear regulatory and supervisory bodies in research and development (R&D) projects has become a topic of increasing interest in recent years. The way in which research is included in regulatory activities varies from country to country. The range spans from countries with no regulatory R&D activities to countries with extensive activities which are often carried out by independent research organisations acting on behalf of the regulatory body. In few countries the regulator and implementer have their research carried out by the same research institutes.


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