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Enable participation. A vision on public participation in decision-making on long-term radioactive waste management

AuthorRathenau Instituut
DateOctober 2015
Classification (WASTE - GENERAL)
Remarks Nederlands: "Bouwstenen voor participatie"

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Enabling participation
A vision on public participation in decision-making about long-term 
radioactive waste management

Annick de Vries
Arnoud van Waes
Rinie van Est
Barend van der Meulen
Frans Brom
Rathenau Instituut

The Netherlands faces a challenge. A permanent solution must ultimately be found 
for disposal of the radioactive waste produced in the country, which is currently 
placed in safe temporary storage by the Central Organization for Radioactive 
Waste (COVRA).
Effective and safe management is essential: high-level radioactive waste remains
harmful for hundreds of thousands of years, with serious potential implications 
for people and the environment. In the time that radioactive waste remains 
hazardous, many generations of people will come and go, nuclear physicists will 
continue to develop new technologies, international boundaries will change or 
disappear and geopolitical tensions will remain as unpredictable as ever. 
Scientists have been investigating ways of safely managing radioactive waste 
for several decades.
Decision-making about radioactive waste management is characterized by technical 
uncertainties, public concerns, political preferences and international 
influences. EU member states have agreed1 to submit national programmes for 
decision-making about radioactive waste to the European Commission by August 
2015. Each country's national programme is to include information setting out 
how the public will be given the opportunity to participate in the decision-
making process. But at what stage should the public be involved? And who is 
'the public' anyway?
The Rathenau Institute studies developments in technology and highlights their 
implications for society and for policy. Through dialogue regarding social and 
technological developments, it is possible to build up a picture of the 
concerns and expectations of the public and stakeholders, and to identify the 
policy options that are likely to receive support. Public participation is 
therefore an important theme of the Rathenau Institute's work programme for