In 1996 it became clear that the approach used by ONDRAF/NIRAS i in selecting a site for a low-level nuclear waste repository, had failed. Selection based solely on technical criteria proved to be totally inadequate. This led to a drastic change in the decision-making process. Methods needed to be developed to integrate a repository project at the local level. Ever since, ONDRAF/NIRAS has concentrated on establishing local partnerships in communities expressing interest in hosting a repository. Mol was one of three communities that expressed interest and in 2000 a local partnership called MONA (Mols Overleg Nucleair Afval) was established between ONDRAF/NIRAS and local stakeholders. The partnership provides experts with an opportunity to enter into dialogue with the local stakeholders. All aspects of a possible near-surface or a deep geological repository for low-level waste are being discussed in different working groups. This paper will focus on the work accomplished by the three technical working groups and the criteria, which, in their view, a repository has to satisfy. The impacts of a repository on the environment (radiological, scenic, aesthetic, logistic, ...) and sustained development are important themes for the local stakeholders.
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MONA, Public Participation in the Siting of a LLW Repository in Mol, Belgium
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Meus, B, & Ceulemans, H. "MONA, Public Participation in the Siting of a LLW Repository in Mol, Belgium." Proceedings of the ASME 2003 9th International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation. 9th ASME International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Remediation: Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Oxford, England. September 21–25, 2003. pp. 1673-1681. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICEM2003-4816
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