The biggest challenge of the management and disposal of radioactive waste is to ensure societal and political acceptance. People’s perceptions pertaining to the disposal and management of radioactive waste are driven by their fears caused by memories/perceptions of nuclear bomb explosions and weapons programs, nuclear reactor accidents, health effects associated with cancer and genetic birth effects.
Demonstrating technical competence and regulatory compliance are not enough to instil stakeholder confidence and trust. To ensure societal and political acceptance, it is imperative to ensure public participation and stakeholder engagement. Advancement of enhanced stakeholder participation and corporate transparency go hand in glove. Stakeholder confidence building strategies and policies are regional specific and must take into account cultural diversities.
The Institute has a wide spectrum of stakeholders (see below - NRWDI Stakeholder Map) a comprehensive communication and stakeholder strategy and plan to: