Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates (NWAA) is an independent group of experts concerned with radioactive waste management.
- To undertake research and publish on issues relating to long-term management of radioactive waste;
- To disseminate information and advice on the risks posed by radioactive waste;
- To provide advice and support to decision makers, stakeholders and communities involved in its management.
To achieve these aims NWAA will:
- raise awareness of the scientific, technical, social and ethical issues arising from radioactive wastes and communicate its concerns to a wide audience of stakeholders, including the general public;
- undertake a balanced scientific and technical appraisal and independent policy analysis of radioactive waste management issues at both a generic and site-specific level;
- ensure that any proposals for the storage and/or disposal of existing legacy wastes or wastes arising from any proposed new build programme are subjected to critical appraisal and challenged, where appropriate, at every stage in the decision making process;
- provide information, advice and support to enable stakeholders and communities to respond in an informed manner to any proposals for radioactive waste management that may affect them;
- encourage an open, transparent, rigorous, accessible and participative process at every stage in decision making;
- participate in the decision making process on radioactive waste management by engaging with regulatory bodies, national and local government, non-governmental bodies and civil society.
Our approach to fulfilment of our aims will be through:
- disseminating information through publications, the media and the NWAA website;
- establishing links with other organisations, stakeholders and communities;
- appraising knowledge and evidence on scientific, social and ethical aspects of radioactive waste;
- sharing research and information with other networks of expertise in the UK and abroad;
- promoting independent and robust research in those areas where there are gaps or uncertainties in available knowledge;
- identifying key points in the decision making process and ensuring that relevant evidence and arguments are deployed at each stage;
- communicating with and, where necessary, challenging decision makers (government, advisory bodies and regulators, nuclear industry and local government) during the process of policy formulation.