The Safety Case for Deep Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste: 2013 State-of-the-Art

(2nd International Safety Case Symposium)
7-9 October, 2013
Paris, France

Organised in co-operation with the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency

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The purpose of this second symposium was to determine and document evolution in the state-of-the-art since the first symposium in 2007. Six years after the previous symposium was an opportune time for stocktaking: there had been major developments in a number of nations pursuing geological disposal programmes, and significant experience had been obtained both in preparing and reviewing cases for the operational and long-term safety of proposed and operating repositories. Some countries were approaching industrial implementation of geological disposal and have therefore increasingly focused on the feasibility of safely constructing and operating a repository in a manner that is safe and secure in the short- as well as in the long-term (see the NEA flyer The Construction and Operation of Geological Disposal Facilities for HLW – Challenges and Opportunities).

There was also new insight into the bases for regulations, and new advice came from organisations such as the ICRP, the EC, IAEA, and the WENRA. The NEA Regulators' Forum (RF) has published widely on the basis for and issues in regulations.

Societal decision-making had also seen an increase in understanding through experience. Decision-makers at the higher governmental and political levels took into account a range of societal issues and may have chosen to assume that a safety case is adequate if the national or state regulatory authority judges it to be so and if the society at large is judged to have been adequately involved. The NEA Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) has been documenting this societal decision-making experience.


Symposium aims

The aims of the symposium were:

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Last reviewed: 11 Ocrober 2013