The Swedish Dialogue Project. An Attempt to Explore How Different Actors May Take Part in the Decision Process Related to Disposal of Radioactive Waste

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by Johan Andersson, Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, (SKI), Stockholm, Sweden,
Kjell Andersson, Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, (SKI), Stockholm, Sweden,
Clas-Otto Wene, Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, (SKI), Stockholm, Sweden,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: The Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (SKI) has initiated a project, DIALOGUE, which is exploring the possibility to define review procedures for license applications of nuclear waste repositories, that are acceptable among most actors. Representatives from local communities, environmental organizations and regulatory agencies participate. The core of the project is a game in the form of a simulated hearing on a fictitious application to start construction of a repository for spent nuclear fuel. An important aspect of the project is that the actors are given possibilities for relevant preparations before this hearing. The project started in spring 1991 with a pilot project which was concluded in the end of 1991. The pilot project was followed by a main project which will be concluded in mid 1993. The main project is divided into a preparation phase, a game phase and a review phase. During the preparation phase the application has been updated. The actors group has also invited experts and discussed some issues, notably safety during construction and operation, economical aspects as well as the socio-economic impact on the local communities, raised during the hearing in the pilot study. The game phase leads to a renewed hearing. At the hearing the environmental groups are given a limited budget to invite experts of their own choice.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Industrial wastes | Nuclear power | Construction management | Public policy | Fuels | Economic factors | Environmental issues | Licensure and certification | Europe | Sweden

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