Foundations and Guiding Principles for the Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory Across Generations: A Focus on the Post-Closure Phase of Geological Repositories

At the end of its first phase of RK&M work, the OECD/NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) observed that the context has changed considerably since the 1980s, when RK&M preservation was thought to serve the sole function of deterring intrusion into a repository. The goal today is to preserve information for future generations while maintaining technical and societal oversight of the repository for as long as practicable. The foundations and guiding principles that serve this goal are presented in this Collective Statement of the NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee.