Role of the TSO in public information/debate openness, transparency

Keijo Valtonen, Timo Vanttola

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Abstract

Licensing of a nuclear facility in Finland includes Government resolution, construction and operating li-censes, and parliament approval. STUK is requested to give its opinion on acceptability from safety point of view. Then it needs assistance from its technical support organisations. In this role the TSO should not participate public debate. It should only "tell the facts" if asked by the customer. If the TSO needs to work for both the regulator and the utility the TSO must be able to demonstrate independence and impar-tiality. There are, however, opportunities for the TSO to inform the public on general level, e.g., if it conducts research in various energy sectors and is well established. It can publish background informa-tion for layman on different types of phenomena, opportunities, threats, future views etc. The paper dis-cusses the TSO's public role mainly based on the experience of cooperation between VTT and STUK.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety :
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of an International Conference on challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency
PublisherInternational Atomic Energy Agency IAEA
Pages97-102
ISBN (Print)978-92-0-106907-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventChallenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Enhancing Nuclear Safety: International Conference - Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 23 Apr 200727 Apr 2007

Conference

ConferenceChallenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Enhancing Nuclear Safety
CountryFrance
City Aix-en-Provence
Period23/04/0727/04/07

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Keywords

  • technical and scientific support organization
  • public information/debate openness
  • transparency

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Valtonen, K., & Vanttola, T. (2007). Role of the TSO in public information/debate openness, transparency. In Challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety : : Proceedings of an International Conference on challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (pp. 97-102). International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA.
Valtonen, Keijo ; Vanttola, Timo. / Role of the TSO in public information/debate openness, transparency. Challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety : : Proceedings of an International Conference on challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency. International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, 2007. pp. 97-102
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Role of the TSO in public information/debate openness, transparency. / Valtonen, Keijo; Vanttola, Timo.

Challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety : : Proceedings of an International Conference on challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency. International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, 2007. p. 97-102.

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Valtonen K, Vanttola T. Role of the TSO in public information/debate openness, transparency. In Challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety : : Proceedings of an International Conference on challenges faced by technical and scientific support organizations in enhancing nuclear safety organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency. International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA. 2007. p. 97-102