Nuclear Waste Governance

An International Comparison

  • Achim Brunnengräber
  • Maria Rosaria Di Nucci
  • Ana Maria Isidoro Losada
  • Lutz Mez
  • Miranda A. Schreurs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-21
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Maria Rosaria Di Nucci, Achim Brunnengräber, Lutz Mez, Miranda Schreurs
      Pages 25-43
  3. The International Dimension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Maria Rosaria Di Nucci, Ana María Isidoro Losada
      Pages 79-97
  4. Countries with Geological Disposal after Reprocessing Nuclear Fuel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Gordon MacKerron
      Pages 101-116
    3. Markku Lehtonen
      Pages 117-138
  5. Countries With Direct Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel (Including Cases with Additional Disposal of Radioactive Waste from Reprocessing)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Jantine Schröder, Anne Bergmans, Erik Laes
      Pages 141-155
    3. Peter Hocke, Sophie Kuppler
      Pages 157-176
    4. Peter Hocke, Beate Kallenbach-Herbert
      Pages 177-201
    5. Tomas Kåberger, Johan Swahn
      Pages 203-225
    6. Burkhard Auffermann, Pertti Suomela, Jari Kaivo-oja, Jarmo Vehmas, Jyrki Luukkanen
      Pages 227-247
    7. Martin Bursík
      Pages 249-264
    8. Richard A. Forrest
      Pages 265-277
  6. Countries with Long-Term Surface Storage for High Level Radioactive Waste

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Maarten J. Arentsen
      Pages 281-298
    3. Maria Rosaria Di Nucci
      Pages 299-322
    4. Ana María Isidoro Losada
      Pages 323-342
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 343-349

About this book


This volume examines the national plans that ten Euratom countries plus Switzerland and the United States are developing to address high-level radioactive waste storage and disposal. The chapters, which were written by 23 international experts, outline European and national regulations, technology choices, safety criteria, monitoring systems, compensation schemes, institutional structures, and approaches to public involvement. Key stakeholders, their values and interests are introduced, the responsibilities and authority of different actors considered, decision-making processes are analyzed as well as the factors influencing different national policy choices. The views and expectations of different communities regarding participatory decision making and compensation and the steps that have been or are being taken to promote dialogue and constructive problem-solving are also considered.


  • The International Dimension
  • Countries with Geological Disposal after Reprocessing Nuclear Fuel
  • Countries with Direct Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel
  • Countries with Long-Term Surface Storage for High Level Radioactive Waste

 Target Groups

Energy (policy) experts; nuclear energy experts and practitioners, political and social scientists, economists, engineers; decision makers and consultants, civil society organizations

The Editors

Achim Brunnengräber, Maria Rosaria Di Nucci, Ana María Isidoro Losada, Lutz Mez and Miranda Schreurs; Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin and members of the project “Multi-level Governance Perspective on Nuclear Waste Disposal” within the research platform ENTRIA.


High-Level Radioactive Waste Storage International Management of Nuclear Waste Disposal National Regulations for Nuclear Waste Management Nuclear Waste Policies and Governance Radioactiv Waste Disposal

Editors and affiliations

  • Achim Brunnengräber
    • 1
  • Maria Rosaria Di Nucci
    • 2
  • Ana Maria Isidoro Losada
    • 3
  • Lutz Mez
    • 4
  • Miranda A. Schreurs
    • 5
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum für UmweltpolitikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum für UmweltpolitikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Forschungszentrum für UmweltpolitikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Forschungszentrum für UmweltpolitikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-08961-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-08962-7
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