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The NDA’s Management of the Magnox Contract

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a perpetual lack of knowledge about the state and location of waste on the 17 sites it is responsible for making safe, a powerful committee of MPs has found. This results from decades of … Continue reading

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Ghyll Scaur Quarry

INITIAL EVALUATION REPORT: Ghyll Scaur Quarry and associated coastal plain together with the adjacent inshore area. This report has been developed by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM) as part of the process to identify a suitable site for a Geological … Continue reading

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Phil Davies

We are sad to report that NWAA member Phil Davies passed away at the end of October 2020. His Guardian obituary can be read here.

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Copeland Back at the Beginning

The formation of a Working Group in Copeland is a first step towards disposing of higher-activity radioactive waste. The Working Group will now begin local discussions and fact-finding about siting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in Copeland. Radioactive Waste Management … Continue reading

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Why nuclear power is always going to be unsustainable.

The biggest nuclear site in Europe containing the world’s biggest stockpile of nuclear explosives is at risk of blowing up. What does this short-term decay tell us about the very long-term sustainability of a technology whose toxic waste last at … Continue reading

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RWM partners with the British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey (BGS), a leading global geological survey and the UK’s national geoscience agency, and RWM work together to provide expertise, research and information to support the UK’s geological disposal programme. The two UK government organisations today jointly … Continue reading

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National Policy Statement Designated

The National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, was designated on 17th October 2019. Parliament 17th Oct 2019  

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New World Nuclear Waste Report sets standard for accuracy and insight

A very important, path-breaking report on radioactive waste was released in Berlin yesterday, at an all-day press conference* held at the headquarters of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, major sponsors of the research that informs the content of the study, titled World Nuclear Waste Report … Continue reading

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RWM Site Evaluation Consultation

Dr David Lowry’s exasperated submission to the latest RWML consultation on its proposed Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is available here: http://drdavidlowry.blogspot.com/2019/04/nuclear-waste-very-long-term.html 

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The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste

Report – The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste, by Robert Alvarez, Hideyuki Ban, Miles Goldstick, Bernard Laponche, Pete Roche and Bertrand Thuillier. In this report commissioned by Greenpeace France, international independent experts produce an overview about the current status of … Continue reading

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Implementing Geological Disposal Update

Implementing geological disposal – working with communities: updated framework for the long term management of higher activity radioactive waste. Document sets out the UK Government’s framework for managing higher activity radioactive waste through geological disposal, including how the delivery body, … Continue reading

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Inconvenient truths on nuclear waste

Inconvenient truths on nuclear waste ignored or buried by UK Government (again). Just before Christmas (19 December 2018) the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department published two important new documents dealing with the UK radioactive waste strategy. They received no … Continue reading

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Pre-Application Scrutiny of RWM by the nuclear regulators

Two new documents published in November 2018 Geological disposal of radioactive waste Pre-application advice and scrutiny of Radioactive Waste Management Limited Annual Report April 2017 to March 2018 Issue 1 November 2018  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/756212/Scrutiny_of_RWM_s_work_on_geological_disposal_-_annual_report_2017-18.pdf    Pre-application advice and scrutiny of Radioactive Waste … Continue reading

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NDA Radioactive Waste Management Strategy Response

David Lowry’s Response to the NDA’s Radioactive Waste Management Consultation which closed on 31st October 2018. NDA radwaste plans consultation response (1)

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RWM Ltd Issues Register Response Update

Radioactive Waste Management Ltd periodic review of issue responses. This document from RWM Ltd looks at the active issues raised by the Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates (NWAA) which have been reviewed in the past year and where appropriate, updates the … Continue reading

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Panglossian puffery for mini reactors in new report from UK Government advisors that avoids addressing security and nuclear waste problems of small modular reactors.

The report says “the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda sets out 17 goals and how they will be implemented to meet the United Nation’s objectives around people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Nuclear and nuclear isotopes play … Continue reading

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Response to BEIS consultation on the regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up

Dr David Lowry’s response to BEIS consultation on the regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up. Nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and cleanup

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GDF Consultations 2018

David Lowry’s Briefing report on the BEIS joint consultations on Working with “Communities” and the National Policy Statement on plans for a national Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is available here: LowryResponsetoWorking With Communities&NPSConsultation

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Government Response to CoRWM Annual Report 2016/17

The Government has published its response to CoRWM’s Annual Report. There were no great surprises in the response, but there is a little more information on the public outputs expected from the national geological screening exercise. CoRWM recommended that: “Part … Continue reading

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The Atomic Ostrich

The Atomic Ostrich policy: UK ignores Swedish landmark court decision in backing flawed radioactive waste technology. A path-breaking decision was taken by the Swedish independent Environmental Court on Tuesday this week to reject arguments advanced by the Swedish nuclear waste … Continue reading

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