E-dialogue on decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty: nuclear waste management

RoyalRoads University

February 10, 2005

“Unfortunately, in the nuclear field, ‘major international collaboration’ [towards permanent disposal of nuclear waste] usually means that Atomic Energy Canada Limited and their 13 international counterparts in most nuclear jurisdictions on the planet have agreed to something. Often, six falsehoods before breakfast, in my view. This is part of how we’ve spent $1 billion answering the wrong questions – like, ‘If you wanted to dispose of this stuff irretrievably, with no monitoring, getting assurances primarily from computer models, how best to do it?'” – Norm Rubin

Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin joined a recent online discussion on conditions of risk and uncertainty related to used nuclear fuel management. Organized by Canada’s Royal Roads University, the discussion was broadcast on February 10, and featured Christopher Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of the Dephi Group; Jim MacNeill, Chairman Emeritus of the International Institute for Sustainable Development; Andy Stirling, a Senior Lecturer at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex; as well as Norm Rubin, Energy Probe’s Director of Nuclear Research.

The e-dialogue is now posted and is available online at [pdf]:


Risk, Uncertainty, and the Management of Nuclear Waste
Part 2, November 29, 2004
(1, 2, 3, 4) [pdf’s]

Risk, Uncertainty, and the Management of Nuclear Waste
Part 3, October 26, 2004

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