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The answer to the question “Why dump on us?” is a pragmatic one, though supported by underlying power relations. In the UK 10 sites, mostly at existing nuclear locations, have been listed for the potential development of new nuclear power stations. They are sites where land is in friendly...
This article analyses the nature and role of recently established deliberative and participatory mechanisms of planning and decision-making on radioactive waste management in three countries that have recently committed to extending their nuclear capacity – Finland, France and the UK. The...
Since the 1970s, the template for Swedish nuclear waste management has been for industry to deliver “nuclear fuel safety” after first demonstrating to government authority how and where it can be achieved. In other words, nuclear fuel safety has been something to be publicly witnessed before it...
The participatory turn in nuclear facility licensing produced the general aim to involve citizens in more direct ways in planning and decision making. However, purposes of public participation may be as manifold as actors involved. In Finland, the dominance of the proponent in the environmental...
The disposal of radioactive waste is a striking example with which to trace the changing relationship between technology, society and policy when dealing with societally relevant controversial issues. The change is characterized by a transition from a technocratic approach to an approach with...
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