Within the framework of the WP3 of the TERRITORIES project, task 3.3, a stakeholder panel meeting was organised by SCKCEN in Belgium to discuss site remediation aspects connected to the NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) industry. Prior to the meeting, a questionnaire was distributed in order to identify stakeholders’ visions, concerns and preferences regarding stakeholder participation in decision-processes on environmental remediation of NORM sites.
The panel meeting took place on the 18th of March 2019 and was attended by representatives of the national and regional authorities, the industry, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre and soil remediation experts. It consisted of two parts, focusing on: i) societal uncertainties in the remediation of NORM contaminations and ii) the experience with the use of multi-criteria decision analysis for Belgian NORM sites.
This report summarises the findings from the first part of the panel meeting. Drawing on results from media analysis and interviews with local residents, the questions discussed in the first part were: Is it possible to reduce social uncertainties and if so, in which way? Can stakeholder participation be an added value for reducing uncertainties?
The insights on the practical application of MCDA obtained in the second part of the panel will inform the TERRITORIES task 3.4 concerning the socio-economic analysis for environmental remediation (D9.70).