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India's RisksDemocratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values$
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Raphaelle Moor and M.V. Rajeev Gowda

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450459.001.0001

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Sustainable Management of Radioactive Waste

Sustainable Management of Radioactive Waste

What Can India Learn from Stakeholder Engagement in the West?

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(p.274) 12 Sustainable Management of Radioactive Waste
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India's Risks
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Claire Mays

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450459.003.0012

Chapter 12 looks at the lessons that have been learnt over the past three decades in Europe, North America, and Asia on the need for early and meaningful public engagement in radioactive waste management (RWM). India’s Atomic Energy Control Board, though, has stated that technical regulation and control should provide ‘adequate assurance’ to the public and secure their trust and confidence. Will this be sufficient to secure a ‘social license to operate’? This chapter investigates the factors that may positively or negatively influence the Indian public’s confidence in the Indian nuclear establishment—factors that the Government should be aware of to shape a trusted RWM strategy. It traces the various successful approaches in Europe, where some communities now volunteer and compete to host these facilities. This chapter shows that technical soundness is not sufficient to gain the trust of citizens or develop sustainable and socially acceptable RWM solutions; procedural fairness is of equal importance.

Keywords:   radioactive waste management, pubic engagement, regulation, social license, trust, communities, procedural fairness

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