Workshop on Radioecology as a Support to Regulatory Decision Making on NORM and other Legacies, Related Waste Management and Disposal

 

Sunday 3 September 2017

 

An international workshop on “Radioecology as a Support to Regulatory Decision Making on NORM and other Legacies, Related Waste Management and Disposal” is organized by Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK∙CEN) in collaboration with European Radioecology Alliance and International Union of Radioecology, on Sunday 3 September.

 

The workshop is open to all organizations with special interest in scientific research and regulatory supervision of NORM and other legacies. Presentations covering for advances in radioecological models and methods, regulatory requirements (doubts) and good practice in terms of scientific analysis, examples of radioecological supportive roles in regulatory decision making at NORM and other legacy sites are welcome.

A detail description of the workshop is provided here.

Should you wish to attend the meeting please fill the Registration Form and return it with your abstract (if you are interested to give a presentation) before 31 May directly to Jelena Mrdakovic Popic (Jelena.Popic@nrpa.no) and Malgorzata Sneve (Malgorzata.sneve@nrpa.no).

 

The overall objective of the workshop is to evaluate progress and enable further linking of radioecology with regulatory needs on example of NORM and other legacies and their waste. It aims to providing a general forum for discussion and understanding between scientists and regulators concerning various NORM legacy issues. Following topics will be considered:

  • Presenting appropriate radioecology approaches and models to support regulation Identifying specific technical requirements of regulators,
  • Identifying main practical operators’ issues related to use of the scientific tools,
  • Discussion on developing a holistic approach for assessments and consequently regulation of radiation and other types hazards
  • Discussion on developing a holistic approach to risk identification and management for humans and biota at various NORM legacy sites
  • Presenting appropriate radioecology approaches and models to support regulation
  • Identifying future needs and collaboration opportunities

Apart from platform presentations discussion sessions will be organized on themes such as:

  • Are present international and national criteria for restoration of legacy sites satisfactory?
  • Are the current radioecological models and tools robust enough to support assessments that show compliance with restoration criteria considering the prevailing uncertainty?
  • How to achieve public, governmental, and scientific consensus on restoration criteria or restoration outcome?
  • How can we achieve enhanced international cooperation in policy development, setting and compliance with standards and the necessary scientific support to address the needs identified?

Conclusions from the discussion will be available for presentation and discussion during the main ICRER conference. Dissemination of the results and conclusions from the workshop will be ensured by publication of an internationally available workshop report.

 

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