The Evolution of Decommissioning Planning

The sixth volume in the book series on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law focuses on legal challenges for nuclear disarmament and highlights the need for continued work on the development of principles and rules and their implementation and enforcement.

In their chapter titled “The Evolution of Decommissioning Planning: Tracing the Requirements to Consider Radioactive Wastes and Social Risk of Nuclear Power Plants”, CELA counsel Kerrie Blaise & Greenpeace program director Shawn-Patrick Stensil trace the evolution of decommissioning regulations and policy and compare decommissioning guides among proponents, since their development in 2000 when the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) came into force. They also highlight the failure of Canada’s legal frameworks to pre-emptively consider and establish reliable and socially acceptable methods of managing long-lived radioactive wastes.

Chapter 9 of J. L. Black-Branch and D. Fleck (eds.), Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law – Volume VI – Nuclear Disarmament and Security at Risk – Legal Challenges in a Shifting Nuclear World

Download chapter here:  Blaise-Stensil-Ch9-Decommissioning-Planning (24 pp.)

CELA contributions to previous volumes of this series can be found at the links below:
Small Modular Reactors in Canada: Eroding Public Oversight in Canada’s Transition to Sustainable Development
Nuclear Law, Oversight and Regulation: Seeking Public Dialogue and Democratic Transparency in Canada