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Safety in Long Term Radioactive Waste Management: Insight and Oversight
Schröder, Jantine; Rossignol, Nicolas; Van Oudheusden, Michiel
2016In Safety Science, 85, p. 258-265
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Keywords :
Safety; Radioactive Waste Management; Oversight
Abstract :
[en] High-level, long-lived radioactive waste remains hazardous for periods that go well beyond our human conception of time (many thousands of years). Because active safety measures are considered unreliable, unjustifiable and simply impossible over such long time spans, experts worldwide recommend geological disposal as the preferred strategy for long-term radioactive waste management, to a large extent due to its promise of delivering ‘passive safety’. Passive safety refers to the repository being safe ‘by itself’, i.e. unmediated by human actors and actions. Safety is thus approached technically and delineated as an intrinsic property of the disposal system. As such, the notion of 'passive safety' entails a system simplification that allows for approaching safety in a more calculable and predictable manner than would be the case for 'active safety'. In this article, we describe and analyze the ambiguity of this seemingly straightforward approach to safety. Drawing on constructivist insights from safety science and science and technology studies, we propose a more integrated sociotechnical vision that transcends the active versus passive safety division. The notion of 'oversight', as it is currently starting to surface in international radioactive waste management discourses, will be used as a sensitizing concept, offering potential to elaborate such an integrated vision.
Research center :
SPIRAL
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Schröder, Jantine;  Studiecentrum voor Energie = Centre d'Etude de l'Energie Nucléaire - SCK = CEN
Rossignol, Nicolas ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique
Language :
English
Title :
Safety in Long Term Radioactive Waste Management: Insight and Oversight
Publication date :
2016
Journal title :
Safety Science
ISSN :
0925-7535
eISSN :
1879-1042
Publisher :
Elsevier Science
Volume :
85
Pages :
258-265
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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