Opting for Cooperation—A Case Study in Siting a Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Facility

by Audrey Armour, York Univ, Toronto, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


In 1986, the Canadian federal government called a halt to efforts by a crown corporation to site a low-level radioactive waste management facility when it became apparent that continuation of the siting process would likely result in significant social disruption and political conflict. It established an independent six-person Task Force to advise it on how to proceed. Twelve months later, the Task Force put forward a radically different siting process based on the voluntary participation of communities and collaborative, joint problem-solving and decision making. The paper presents an account of the history that led to the establishment of the Task Force, the key features of the siting process recommended by the Task Force to the federal government, the results which the Task Force has achieved to date, and lessons that have been learned.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Radioactive wastes | Waste management | Facility management | Federal government | Government buildings | Industrial wastes | Risk management

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