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Joint Convention Joint Technical Meeting

Joint Convention Contracting Parties and Member States Joint Technical Meeting on the Establishment of a Radioactive Waste Management Organization

This technical meeting, as recommended by the 3rd Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, took place on on 7-9 June, 2010, Paris, France.

The meeting was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), the Agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets radioactifs (ANDRA) and the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea (France).

Objectives

The objectives of the technical meeting (TM) were to provide a forum to participants from Member States to discuss implementation measures for the establishment of national organizations for the management of radioactive waste in the framework of national policies and strategies with experts from Joint Convention (JC) Contracting Parties; to discuss the mission and responsibilities of such national organizations, to exchange information on the challenges faced by new organizations for the management of radioactive waste; to exchange information on experience with the relationship between the Government, Regulatory Authorities and organizations for the management of radioactive waste; to exchange views and strategies on informing the public and to discuss initiatives in international and multinational cooperation.

Summary and Findings

Radioactive waste management is one of the most important and challenging activities in the nuclear field. Joint Convention contracting parties have the opportunity to meet regularly, every three years, to discuss the safety measures that enables proper waste management activities. One of the most relevant topics in this field identified at the third review meeting, held in Vienna in May 2009 was the establishment of radioactive waste organizations at the national level. For this reason, it was decided to hold this technical meeting, open to Member States that are non-contracting parties, to share the experience of Contracting Parties in running established radioactive waste management organization/s, or in the process of establishing it.

Sessions

Session 1 - Status, responsibilities and missions of national organizations for radioactive waste management (RWMO). In this session the experiences of four Contracting Parties on the matter were shared, followed by a Panel discussion with contributions from another three Contracting Parties. It was emphasized that the responsibility for long term safe management of RW including its disposal is a responsibility of the State. The tools used to accomplish this, as was stressed, is dependent on the legal framework of each country. The management systems might be centralized with a single RWMO or responsibility may be allocated to several bodies, if necessary and appropriate for a national waste management programme. presentations

Session 2 - Challenges of new national organizations for radioactive waste management. Six Contracting Parties shared their experiences while developing organizations for radioactive waste management. A great number of challenges have been identified during the establishment of new organizations, the relevant ones have been collated into the findings of the sesssion. presentations

Session 3 - Relations between the Government, the Regulatory Authorities and National Organizations for radioactive waste management. Responsibilities and interfaces among bodies involved in radioactive waste management were shared by three Contracting Parties. Several aspects of such relations have been identified and collated into the findings of the session. presentations

Session 4 - A common issue: Communicating with the public. Experiences of three Contracting Parties gained during the establishment of programs for communicating with the public were shared. The public has an important role in the process of developing waste management facilities. Key points to be taken into account have been collated into the findings of this session. presentations

Session 5 - Initiatives for international and multinational cooperation. Five initiatives from the European region were shared and two international organizations presented their projects in this field and the opportunities to learn and improve the RWM capabilities. presentations

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