Monitoring and the Risk Governance of Repository Development and Staged Closure: Exploratory Engagement Activity in Three European Countries.

Anne Bergmans, Mark Elam, Peter Simmons, Goran Sundqvist

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Abstract

This report is the product of research activity within the EC Seventh Framework Programme “Monitoring Developments for Safe Repository Operation and Staged Closure” (MoDeRn) Project. This project aims to further develop understanding of the role of monitoring in staged implementation of geological disposal to a level of description that is closer to the actual implementation of monitoring. It focuses on monitoring conducted to confirm the basis of the long term safety case and on monitoring conducted to inform on options available to manage the stepwise disposal process from construction to closure (including e.g. the option of waste retrieval). This report investigates the potential of citizen stakeholder engagement in the identification of monitoring objectives and the development of monitoring strategies for geological disposal of high level waste (HLW) or spent nuclear fuel (SNF). It builds on an earlier MoDeRn report describing monitoring the safe disposal of radioactive waste as a socio-technical activity (Bergmans, Elam, Simmons and Sundqvist 2012).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Commission
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission
Number of pages78
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014

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