Although the CNE is not to be considered formally as a regulator since it cannot grant any license nor as an implementer, its role since its inception has been essential1 to the progress of the geological disposal of high-level and long-lived intermediate-level radioactive waste project.
Moreover, the 2006 Planning Act has extended the mission of the National Review Board, now called CNE2 , to reviewing of all radioactive waste management R&D programmes mentioned in the PNGMDR.
As per the 2006 Planning Act, the National Review Board shall consist of the following members, appointed for a term of six years:
The mandate of the members of the National Review Board shall be renewable for no more than one term. Half the membership of the National Review Board shall be renewed every three years. For the initial constitution of the said Review Board, the mandate of six of its members, designated by draw, shall be set at three years.
The president of the National Review Board shall be elected by its members at each triennial renewal.
The members of the National Review Board shall exercise their functions in full impartiality. No member shall, whether directly or indirectly, exercise any other function within or receive fees from any assessed organisation and any company or establishment producing or holding radioactive waste.
Its reports are issued on a yearly basis for the government. The annual report shall be transmitted by the government to Parliament, which in turn forwards it to the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST), before being made public.
2 to distinguish it from the former CNE established by the December 1991 Waste Act.