The use of a multi-criteria analysis process to clarify preferences in the choice between deep and surface low radioactive waste disposal by a local partnership.

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Involving members of the public is of utmost importance in technological developments and implications. The Belgian decision-making process on the disposal of type A waste, the low and intermediate low level waste, can be used as a good example hereof. The process can be divided in three periods. After a period of sea dumping, the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials ONDRAF/NIRAS (O/N) carried out a surface disposal program without public involvement. In 1990, O/N concluded that the surface disposal option was most favorable in what regards the technical feasibility, the safety and the cost.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-16
JournalNuclear Engineering International
Issue number631
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • analysis, local partnership, preferences, deep and surface disposal, radioactive waste

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