Full Title: Back-end to Innovation: How Disposal of Nuclear Waste is Breaking New Ground
Author(s): Dr. Cindy Vestergaard
Publisher(s): Third Way
Publication Date: January 14, 2022
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Much of the recent focus regarding innovation in civil nuclear technology has been on advanced reactors and their development, deployment, and commercialization. At the same time, there have been exciting innovations taking place in the management of the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Countries that are most advanced in their approach to licensing deep geological repositories (DGRs) for used fuel are leading not only on how they incorporate safety, security, and safeguards (the “3S principles”) into DGR planning, but also how community-driven approaches are addressing—and achieving—what could be called the fourth “S” nuclear principle: social acceptance.