Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates (NWAA) is an independent group of experts providing:
- information and advice on the risks posed by radioactive waste;
- support to decision makers, stakeholders and communities involved in its management.
NWAA’s purpose is to advise on minimising the risks to people and the environment now and in the future from the dangers of radioactive wastes. NWAA considers that this will be best accomplished by focusing on the safety and security of existing (legacy) wastes and refraining from further development of nuclear energy.
To achieve this purpose the 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.
These aims will be fulfilled by:
- Disseminating information through publications, the media and the NWAA website;
- Establishing links with other organisations, stakeholders and communities;
- Organising seminars, workshops and meetings at national or local level;
- Developing scientific research and policy analysis;
- Assembling and consolidating existing 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;
- Initiating or requesting 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.