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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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National Policy Statement Consultation

Implementing geological disposal: land use planning: The 2014 White Paper committed to bringing Geological Disposal Facilities (GDF) and deep investigatory boreholes (necessary to characterise sites) within the definition of nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in the Planning Act 2008 and … Continue reading

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Government starts 6th search for nuclear waste site

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), covering England and Northern Ireland, and the Welsh Government, today opened separate consultations which will enable stakeholders and members of the public to help shape policies on the geological disposal programme … Continue reading

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Working with Communities Consultation

Working with communities: implementing geological disposal. This consultation seeks views on how communities should be engaged in a siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility for higher activity radioactive waste. BEIS 25th Jan 2018  

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Swedish Environmental Court says No!

The Swedish Environmental Court says no to the power industry’s Nuclear Waste Company SKB’s license application for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden. This is a huge triumph for safety and environment – and for the … Continue reading

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NFLA urges Government to look carefully at a Swedish court ruling rejecting a repository licence around real safety concerns

As the UK Government plans yet another attempt to deliver a deep underground radioactive waste repository, NFLA urges them and the regulators to look carefully at a Swedish court ruling rejecting a repository licence around real safety concerns. The Nuclear … Continue reading

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Exposing UK Government Folly of Investing in New Nuclear

Letter from Prof Andrew Blowers to The Guardian: In 1976, Lord Flowers pronounced that there should be no further commitment to nuclear energy unless it could be demonstrated that long-lived highly radioactive wastes could be safely contained for the indefinite … Continue reading

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The UK’s 6th national report on compliance with the obligations of the Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management

The UK’s sixth national report on compliance with the obligations of the Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management. This report considers each of the Joint Convention’s obligations and explains how the United Kingdom addresses them. … Continue reading

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CoRWM Update Jan 2018

Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM): thirteenth annual report, 2016 to 2017. CoRWM 2nd Jan 2017 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/committee-on-radioactive-waste-management-corwm-thirteenth-annual-report-2016-to-2017 Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM): programme of work, 2017 to 2020 CoRWM’s priorities and tasks for 2017 to 2020 and proposed topics … Continue reading

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The Humpty Dumpty approach to nuclear diplomatic relations

Written Evidence to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill scrutiny committee by Dr David Lowry I listened with increasing degrees of disbelief to the ‘evidence’ given in oral sessions to your scrutiny committee on 31 October. While it is very difficult to … Continue reading

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Brexit & Radioactive Waste

As Britain tumbles towards the hardest Brexit, the debate is dominated by what the fateful referendum could mean for British business, and jobs – but these aren’t the only weighty matters that we should be thinking about. For byzantine legal … Continue reading

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Civil Society Views on the Content and Governance of a Joint Research Programme

The JOPRAD project aims to determine the views of civil society on the conditions, means and research content of a European Joint Programming (JP) on Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) including Geological Disposal (GD), and more specifically, the rules and procedures … Continue reading

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Making sense of geological disposal

According to Radioactive Waste Management Ltd. – geological disposal uses both engineering and geology to isolate the waste and contain the radioactivity so that no harmful quantities of radioactivity reach people and the surface environment. RWM is engaging in discussions to … Continue reading

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