OECD (ed.): Informing the Public about Radioactive Waste Management Proceedings of an NEA International Seminar, Finnland

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OECD (ed.): Informing the Public about Radioactive Waste Management Proceedings of an NEA International Seminar, Rauma, Finland, 13-15 June 1995. 330 S., ISBN 92-64-04860-X. (English/French)

The management of radioactive waste, and particularly long-lived radioactive waste, is one of the key issues which have dominated debates on nuclear energy over the past decade. While radioactive waste constitutes only a small fraction of all toxic wastes in OECD countries, it has kindled more public concern than any other type of waste.

Over the next several decades, the field of radioactive waste management will increasingly evolve from the conceptual to the operational, with the development of long-lived radioactive waste storage and disposal programmes and with the decommissioning of ageing nuclear power facilities. The evolution will bring new challenges in communicating with the public, which is useful to examine already today.

In this context, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) organised an International Seminar on Future Information Challenges and Public Participation in the Field of Radioactive Waste Management, which took place in Rauma, Finland, from 13 to 15 June 1995. Approximately 50 representatives of 15 industrialised countries participated in the seminar, in particular executives of national radioactive waste management agencies and information managers of such bodies and other institutions involved in radioactive waste management, including nuclear regulatory bodies, nuclear electricity companies and nuclear fuel cycle facilities who reported on current "communication practices" in their countries. Specialists in sociological topics as related to radioactive waste management also took part in the meeting. The objectives of the seminar were to:

The common themes that have emerged from the Seminar were, in particular: 

The proceedings include the main papers submitted and a summary of the findings.
(compiled from the proceedings)

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