Extra-Territorial Siting of Nuclear Installations

Shea, Thomas E.; Morris, Frederic A.
January 2009
Proceedings of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Ann;2009, p1
Conference Proceeding
Arrangements might be created for siting nuclear installations on land ceded by a host State for administration by an international or multinational organization. Such arrangements might prove useful in terms of resolving suspicions of proliferation in troubled areas of the world, or as a means to introduce nuclear activities into areas where political, financial or technical capabilities might otherwise make such activities unsound, or as a means to enable global solutions to be instituted for major nuclear concerns (e.g., spent fuel management). The paper examines practical matters associated with the legal and programmatic aspects of siting nuclear installations, including diplomatic/political frameworks, engaging competent industrial bodies, protection against seizure, regulation to ensure safety and security, waste management, and conditions related to the dissolution of the extra-territorial provisions as may be agreed to as the host State(s) achieve the capabilities to own and operate the installations. This paper considers the potential for using such a mechanism across the spectrum of nuclear power activities, from mining to geological repositories for nuclear waste. In addition to the non-proliferation dimensions associated with such arrangements and the pros and cons affecting potential host States, technology vendor States, regional neighbors and the international community, this paper suggests several potential applications.


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