Dialogue between stakeholders is essential for successful projects to construct deep geological repositories of spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Since 2018, experts from NEA member countries have collaborated to tackle problems in dialogue between regulators and implementers.
An expert group focusing particularly on dialogue between regulators and implementers was established under the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC). The Expert Group on Building Constructive Dialogues between Regulators and Implementers in Developing Disposal Solutions for Radioactive Waste (RIDD) consists of representatives from ten member countries of the NEA, aiming to identify best practices and make recommendations in the field. The members exchange information and experiences of these dialogues in their countries. The expert group also collects the practices and experiences from other entities. The aim is to deliver a report that summarises best practices and recommendations by the end of 2020. The report will address issues related to dialogues on geological disposal of spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
The RWMC’s vision is to develop sustainable strategies for the management of all types of radioactive waste. The output of this expert group will contribute to all member country efforts to adopt workable solutions for the successful implementation of deep geological repositories.
The RWMC created the Expert Group on Building Constructive Dialogues between Regulators and Implementers in Developing Disposal Solutions for Radioactive Waste (RIDD) in its 52nd plenary session in April 2019. The mandate is effective until December 2020. Please contact the NEA to become a member of the working party.
The kick-off meeting was held at the NEA on 19 November 2018.