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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Safety Case Symposium 2013: Scopes and Aims

The purpose of this 2nd Symposium is to determine and document evolution in the state-of-the-art since the 1st Symposium in 2007. Six years after the previous Symposium is an opportune time for stocktaking: there have been major developments in a number of nations pursuing geological disposal programmes, and significant experience has been obtained both in preparing and reviewing cases for the operational and long-term safety of proposed and operating repositories. Some countries are approaching industrial implementation of geological disposal and will therefore increasingly focus 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 is also new insight into the bases for regulations, and new advice is coming 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 has also seen an increase in understanding through experience. Decision-makers at the higher governmental and political levels take into account a range of societal issues and may choose 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 are:

Related links

Post-closure Safety Case for Geological Repositories (2004)

IAEA Safety Standards Series - Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste (WS-R-4)

Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Specific Safety Requirements (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSR-5)

The Safety Case and Safety Assessment for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSG-23)

Safety Cases for the Deep Disposal of Radioactive Waste: Where Do We Stand? (23-25 January 2007, Paris, France)

Preparing for construction and operation of geological repositories – Challenges to the regulator and the implementer Workshop proceedings [NEA/RWM/RF(2012)2]

Confidence in the Long-term Safety of Deep Geological Repositories (1999)

Last reviewed: 17 November 2012