Citizen control over nuclear safety and policy.
Jan Haverkamp ’s presentation at the conference RICOMET 2016
On 3rd June, Jan Haverkamp, member of NTW, made a presentation at the Second International Conference on Risk Perception, Communication and Ethics of Exposures to Ionizing Radiation – RICOMET 2016. NTW remains attached to RICOMET’s concerns. There is no doubt that social sciences play a central role to improve transparency and public participation in the nuclear sector.
Access to information, public participation and access to justice – the three pillars of the Aarhus Convention – are increasingly securing transparency in the nuclear sector. Members of the European Parliament, NGOs, academia and local information committees three years ago founded Nuclear Transparency Watch – an organisation that seeks to implement those three pillars of the Aarhus Convention in the nuclear sector. In that way, it already ensured more openness in areas like emergency preparedness and response and radioactive waste management. It supports citizens to implement their rights in access to information and public participation around nuclear decisions. This is still an ongoing process, but the contours of what the nuclear industry really stands for are slowly becoming more clear.