By Cindy Vestergaard
Over the past decade, Canada has been implementing an ‘Adaptive Phased Management’ approach to handling its radioactive waste, involving interim storage at reactor sites and eventual final disposal in a centralised, deep geological repository. The process is described as a flexible step-by-step, phased approach supported by public engagement and scientific research at each interval along the way. Its timeline for implementation is long. From identifying a willing host community through to the construction, monitoring and eventual closure of the repository, the process will span generations, taking potentially upwards of 140 years or more to fully implement.
“A Twinned Approach” is a chapter within Challenges of Nuclear Waste Governance: An International Comparison Volume II which examines the historical and current approaches countries take to address the nuclear waste governance.