“We have a solution” : Delivering on the promise to take national responsibility for nuclear waste management
Kojo, M., Lehtonen, M., Litmanen, T., & Kiviluoma, N. (2022). “We have a solution” : Delivering on the promise to take national responsibility for nuclear waste management. Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, 31(3), 31-36. https://doi.org/10.14512/tatup.31.3.31
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We examine the realization of the umbrella promise to assume national responsibility for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Three case studies are used to illustrate how Finland delivers on the promise to take care of its own nuclear waste – a promise that has greatly contributed to the legitimacy of nuclear power in Finland. The article shows how this promise is being challenged by new competitors, business visionaries, and the public. The case studies illustrate the tensions between those who made the promise and the actors who interpret and mobilize the promise for varying purposes and under changing circumstances. We investigate techno-scientific promises by looking at debates about (1) the idea of a national solution, (2) the limitations that the promise of a national solution places on international business opportunities in the waste sector, and (3) the challenges related to credibility and spatial requirements in managing waste from small modular reactors.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work received funding from the KONE Foundation, project number 202105388 and from the Academy of Finland, project number 351173.
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