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The transparency program of the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste, Kärnavfallsrådet

Kjell Andersson was between 2006 and 2009 consultant to the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste with the major task to assist the Council with its transparency program during the same period.

The Council initiated the transparency program in the autumn of 2006 in response to the general agreement among central stakeholders in the Swedish nuclear waste management program, that there was a need for activities by the Council leading to more transparency. The objectives were to increase the quality of the decision-making process by contributing with more clarity and awareness, to prepare the Council for its advisory role to the Swedish government and also to be a resource for all stakeholders, the political decision makers and concerned citizens who wish to deepen their insight into the issues addressed. The program was built on research and development that had taken place in Sweden since the beginning of the 1990s including the RISCOM model development and applications. However, the major difference between the Council program and the other "RISCOM projects" was that a reference group was not organized.

Between 2006 and 2009, five hearings with "stretching "were held about key issues in the Swedish nuclear waste program: Deep Boreholes, Decommissioning of nuclear installations, Systems Analysis for final disposal, Site selection - on what grounds? and Participation & Democracy. These hearings achieved great attention and an independent evaluation of the transparency program, done by independent researchers at Umeå Centre for Evaluation Research (download the evaluation here PDF, 3.1 MB Swedish language) showed  great support for their continuation.