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4.4.7 Socio-economic considerations

The term ‘socio-economic considerations’ in this section is intended to cover political, social and economic factors that may influence the selection of a remediation technology and its application to a site with dispersed radioactive contamination. The legal and institutional framework, prevailing socio-economic boundary conditions and public perceptions can influence the choice and deployment of technologies for remediation of sites with dispersed radioactive contamination. The level of public reassurance generally increases with the degree of intervention and, hence, with the cost of the operation [IAEA-2006b].