Radioactive Waste [electronic resource] : Technical and Normative Aspects of its Disposal / by Christian Streffer, Carl Friedrich Gethmann, Georg Kamp, Wolfgang Kröger, Eckard Rehbinder, Ortwin Renn, Klaus-Jürgen Röhlig.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment: 38Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012Description: XXIV, 468p. 42 illus. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783642229251Subject(s): Philosophy (General) | Ethics | Nuclear engineering | Waste disposal | Philosophy | Ethics | Waste Management/Waste Technology | Nuclear Engineering | Nuclear Energy | Innovation/Technology ManagementAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 170 LOC classification: BJ1-1725Online resources: Click here to access online
Executive Summary and Recommendations -- Technical and Normative Foundations -- Annex and Apparatus.-.
Waste caused by the use of radioactive material in research, medicine and technologies, above all high level waste from nuclear power plants, must be disposed of safely. However, the strategies discussed for the disposal of radioactive waste as well as proposals for choosing a proper site for final waste disposal are strongly debated. An appropriate disposal must satisfy complex technical requirements and must meet stringent conditions to appropriately protect man and nature from risks of radioactivity over very long periods. Ethical, legal and social conditions must be considered as well. An interdisciplinary team of experts from relevant fields compiled the current status and developed criteria as well as strategies which meet the requirements of safety and security for present and future generations. The study also provides specific recommendations that will improve and optimize the chances for the selection of a repository site implementing the participation of stakeholders including the general public and not neglecting the responsibility of the legal institutions. The study provides an advanced and, due to its interdisciplinary approach, novel contribution to the corresponding scientific debates including normative and social aspects of acceptability and acceptance. At the same time it serves as a contribution to public and political debates presenting an easily comprehensible executive summary and describing practicable recommendations.