Nuclear Fuel Waste Disposal: The Canadian Consultative Approachby J. A. R. Hillier, Whiteshell Lab, Pinawa, Canada,
B. R. Gray, Whiteshell Lab, Pinawa, Canada,
R. S. Dixon, Whiteshell Lab, Pinawa, Canada,
Abstract: Over the past two decades society has demanded more public participation and public input into decision-making by governments. Accordingly, development of the Canadian concept for deep geological disposal of used nuclear fuel has taken into account the requirements for social acceptability as well as technical excellence. As the agency responsible for developing the disposal concept, AECL Research, the research and development arm of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, has included, in its program, consultation with the various publics that have an interest in the concept. This interactive and consultative process, which has been underway for some 14 years, has attempted to ensure that the public has had the opportunity to become familiar with the technical development of the concept and to provide input into it. This process will continue throughout the concept assessment and review currently in progress.
Subject Headings: Fuels | Consulting services | Waste disposal | Radioactive wastes | Public policy | Public opinions | Geology | North America | Canada
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