Project Authorisation

The general public are not directly involved in project authorisation, although they may be given an opportunity to comment on the acceptability of the proposal and their views and opinions should be taken into account in the final decision.

Outside the European Union, the Australian Environment Assessment Branch has stressed the importance of public participation before decisions can be taken on the decommissioning of nuclear power stations (Australian EIA Network, 1994). They believe that it is only after the conflict of interests has been properly identified through public participation that the real significance of the option chosen can be understood and mitigated.