Science and licensing: Let`s get off the collision course

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Our best possibility for gaining an understanding of the likely future behavior of a high level nuclear waste disposal system is use of the scientific method. However, science has inherent limitations when it comes to making long-term predictions with confidence. This paper examines these limiting factors as well as the criteria for admissibility of scientific evidence in the legal arena, and concludes that the prospects are doubtful for successful licensing of a potential repository under the regulations that were binding until recently. Suggestions are made for remedying this situation.

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Van Konynenburg, R.A. October 1, 1993.

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Our best possibility for gaining an understanding of the likely future behavior of a high level nuclear waste disposal system is use of the scientific method. However, science has inherent limitations when it comes to making long-term predictions with confidence. This paper examines these limiting factors as well as the criteria for admissibility of scientific evidence in the legal arena, and concludes that the prospects are doubtful for successful licensing of a potential repository under the regulations that were binding until recently. Suggestions are made for remedying this situation.

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INIS; OSTI as DE94008688

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  • Fall meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Boston, MA (United States), 29 Nov - 3 Dec 1993

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  • Other: DE94008688
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--115734
  • Report No.: CONF-931108--94
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 144761
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc625861

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Van Konynenburg, R.A. Science and licensing: Let`s get off the collision course, article, October 1, 1993; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc625861/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.