Connecting with Canadians
Citizens' Dialogue on the Long-term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel in Canada
CPRN's Public Involvement Network held another national citizens' dialogue in partnership with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization [NWMO]. The dialogue probed citizens' values and policy choices with respect to the long-term management of used nuclear fuel, on the sharing of rights and responsibilities across generations, and approaches to ensuring confidence and trust in a management approach.
Dialogue sessions involved a representative sample of 462 Canadians. Using a deliberative dialogue methodology, sessions were held in communities across the country from January to March 2004. NWMO President Elizabeth Dowdeswell and CPRN President Judith Maxwell, released the final report on August 26, 2004, at a national press conference in Ottawa.
The national citizens' dialogue is part of a broader NWMO engagement strategy. It will help inform NWMO's final recommendation to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada in 2005 on how best to manage Canada's used nuclear fuel in a manner that is environmentally responsible, socially acceptable, technically sound and economically feasible.