Performance Assessment: The Bridge Between Regulatory Decision-Making and Scientific Uncertaintiesby Robert M. Bernero, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,
Abstract: NRC has the responsibility for evaluating the license application for a repository against the regulations it has promulgated. Performance assessment is the bridge between regulatory decision-making and the scientific information amassed about the repository site and the repository design and the significant uncertainties that will always remain in this scientific information. A concern is whether performance assessment will provide an acceptable basis for making regulatory decisions about a nuclear waste repository. It will provide that basis if parameters and uncertainties can be quantified, if all relevant information is included and the limitations of certainty are acknowledged.
Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Information management | Uncertainty principles | Licensure and certification | Bridge design | Bridge tests | Decision making | Waste disposal
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