The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today the results of a survey of NGOs, councillors and council officers who attend nuclear site stakeholder forums around England, Scotland and Wales. It also outlines its wider concerns and issues with the state of nuclear policy stakeholder engagement in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The survey contacted NGO and NFLA respondents of groups who attend both civil nuclear ‘Site Stakeholder Groups’ (SSGs) and defence nuclear ‘Local Liaison Committees’ (LLCs). The NFLA report also considers wider stakeholder engagement at the national level in the nuclear sector, giving four examples of good practice in the UK and Republic of Ireland in comparison with the inadequate level of scrutiny and discussion it sees in many existing nuclear stakeholder forums. The report encourages a fuller consideration and review of how nuclear stakeholder engagement takes place in the likes of Sweden and Finland, which is not just more exhaustive and ‘trust-building’ but also sees the government funding nominated independent groups to allow for a more rounded and complete view of radioactive waste policy.
NFLA 14th March 2017 read more »