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.


What Was Heard so Far: The View from Outside

Nuclear Energy Agency

I want to thank the RWMC-RF for the invitation to present some observations, at the close of this workshop, from the viewpoint of an independent scientist.

The observations I will present are based on a twofold background:

• As a participant of this workshop.

• As chairman of the German “Entsorgungskommission (ESK)” (Waste management commission). ESK has the mandate to advise the German Regulator (BMU). ESK is actually involved in the discussion of the German safety guidelines for final disposal.


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