Effective dialogue between stakeholders is essential for successful projects to construct deep geological repositories of spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Since 2018, experts from NEA member countries have collaborated to tackle problems in dialogue between regulators and implementers.
An expert group focused on improving dialogue between regulators and implementers was established under the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC). The Expert Group on Building Constructive Dialogues between Regulators and Implementers in Developing Disposal Solutions for Radioactive Waste (RIDD) consists of representatives from eleven member countries of the NEA, aiming to identify best practices and make recommendations in the field. RIDD members exchange information and experiences of these dialogues in their respective countries. This expert group also collects information on practices and experiences from other entities.
RWMC’s vision is to develop sustainable strategies for the management of all types of radioactive waste. RIDD will contribute to member countries’ numerous efforts to adopt workable solutions for the successful implementation of deep geological repositories.
The RWMC established the Expert Group on Building Constructive Dialogues between Regulators and Implementers in Developing Disposal Solutions for Radioactive Waste (RIDD) in its 52nd plenary session in April 2019. The current mandate is in effect until March 2023. If you are interested in becoming a member of the expert group, please contact the NEA.
A report by RIDD which highlights building constructive dialogues between regulators and implementers in regards to the pre-licensing phase of developing a deep geological repository will be published early 2023.