The Expert Group on Radiological Protection Science at the Service of Stakeholders (EGSS) used the case studies already elaborated through the NEA Villigen stakeholder workshops to examine how, when science has been focused through the lens of particular stakeholder concerns, this has resulted in collaborative paths forward.
The rehabilitation of contaminated lands and facilities often involves significant stakeholder concerns. Work to rebuild the lives of those living in the areas affected by the Chernobyl accident is a prime example of this. While clearly not all of the Chernobyl experience is applicable to circumstances in other countries, much can be gained by studying its stakeholder involvement aspects. Particular areas of interest include the interaction of stakeholders with radiological protection specialists and the development of practical radiological protection approaches (a radiological protection culture) for all those living in a contaminated environment.
A broad overview of the situation in the contaminated areas around Chernobyl also yields a more detailed understanding of the magnitude and varieties of problems and issues that would be posed by a large-scale contamination situation, such as mught arise after an accident or a terrorist radiological attack. The NEA report addresses the day-to-day contribution of the local population and professionals to the rehabilitation of contaminated areas. The guiding theme of the report is a description of the scope and magnitude of such contamination situations, the identification of present challenges so that governments can best understand the radiological protection situation today, and be best prepared should such an accident occur.
With the publication of this report in 2006, the EGSS completed its mandate and disbanded.
The CRPPH assists NEA member countries in the implementation and enhancement of the system of radiological protection. It contributes to the adoption and the maintenance of high standards of protection for the public, workers and the environment in all activities involving the use of ionising radiations, and particularly, but not limited to the field of nuclear energy.