Informing The Public About
Radioactive Waste Management
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) announces
the publication of the proceedings of an international seminar held last
year in Rauma (Finland) to take stock of information strategies and means
of addressing public concerns in relation to the management of nuclear
waste, and reflect on ways to address future challenges in this field.
The management of radioactive waste,
particularly long-lived waste, is one of the key issues which have dominated
debates on nuclear energy over the past decade. The future evolution of
disposal programmes from the conceptual to the operational phases requires
renewed attention to public concerns about ethical, environmental and
other issues associated with radioactive waste management.
This meeting, which brought together
participants from fifteen industrialised countries, placed special emphasis
on the importance of involving the public and local authorities in the
issue of proposed sites for future waste repositories, including every
step of the decision-making and implementation process, and of building
public confidence in the principles which govern the safety of such repositories
over the long-term.
This new publication includes the text
of the main presentations and a summary of the conclusions of the seminar.
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INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
OECD, Paris 1996, 330 pages
ISBN 92-64-04860-X Price: FF 230, £30, $45, DM67, ¥ 4850
Available from the OECD Publications