Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM): Managing radioactive waste
in the UK
The Government set up CoRWM to look at the options for managing the UK’s
radioactive waste and to come up with a long-term solution to protect
people and the environment. CoRWM believed it was important to involve the
public in this process. The Dialogue by Design discussion guide was intended
to get people talking about radioactive waste and how it should be dealt with.
The discussion guide was simple to use and required no special knowledge of
nuclear issues. Relevant background information was presented in an accessible
way and discussions focused on questions of values, ethics and equity. The
guide enabled a wide variety of groups, such as parish councils, schools,
environment, community, faith, women’s and nuclear site stakeholder
groups, as well as individuals and families, to have discussions on a complex
issue without the need for external facilitators.
Over 3000 copies of the guide were requested and results from 568 discussion
groups were returned or entered online. At least 2826 people were involved
in these discussions.
Results from the group discussions were rapidly analysed and
displayed in full on the website http://corwm.dialoguebydesign.net for
anyone to view from spring 2006. CoRWM then committed to showing
how public views influenced their recommendations.