Does technical risk dialogue entail socioeconomic evaluation? The case of scientific dispute over copper corrosion in a spent nuclear fuel disposal project

Tapio Litmanen, Matti Kojo, Mika Kari, Jurgita Vesalainen

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    Abstract

    Among the proponents of nuclear power, the project for the safe and secure disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in Finland is often deemed as a success story. Opponents have had difficulties getting publicity for their claims about the risks of the project. Their most powerful arguments have been mostly ethical, but on technical issues the opponents have been in a weaker position than the proponents. However, recently the risk of corrosion in oxygen-free water has become subject to scientific controversy, possibly threatening even the realisation of the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. In Sweden, this issue has been intensively debated since 2007, but only recently has this debate taken off in Finland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSocioeconomic Evaluation of Megaprojects
    Subtitle of host publicationDealing with Uncertainties
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter7
    Pages134-158
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-317-22207-1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-65611-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2016
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

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