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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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RWM Stakeholder Conference

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) held a conference with 80 stakeholders in October 2016. It has published a summary of the event together with the presentation slides. RWM 28th February 2017

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The early stages of implementing geological disposal: regulatory use of geoscientific information

This study reviewed how regulatory bodies in 5 countries have used geological information to make decisions on proposals for the geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The report’s findings on the use of generic site safety assessments, site-specific investigations … Continue reading

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Geological disposal: scrutiny of Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), annual report 2015 to 2016.

The Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation’s (the nuclear regulators) joint publication about their scrutiny of RWM’s work relating to geological disposal of radioactive waste. The nuclear regulators provide regulatory advice to RWM about implementing geological disposal. This report explains what … Continue reading

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Radioactive Waste Inventory 2016

The Inventory is part of an ongoing programme of research jointly conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The Inventory provides information on the status of radioactive waste stocks (at … Continue reading

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Public dialogue on geological disposal and working with communities

Report by 3KQ on the findings of a 2016 public dialogue on geological disposal and working with communities, and a report by URSUS Consulting Ltd evaluating the public dialogue project. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned a … Continue reading

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NDA Business Plan 2017 to 2020

Government has made the NDA the implementing organisation for geological disposal of Higher Activity Waste; this includes both planning and delivery. Radioactive Waste Management Limited is the subsidiary which is running the geological disposal programme, alongside the government’s geological disposal … Continue reading

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More money for nuclear research

As Osborne doubles nuclear research support for small modular reactors (SMRs) in the UK, David Lowry asks if he has ignored the new, multiple terror risks this brings in its wake? One omission from every single presentation at a recent summit on SMRs … Continue reading

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Response to Call for Evidence on Implementing geological disposal: Working with communities

Dr David Lowry’s Response to Call for Evidence on Implementing geological disposal: Working with communities, 4th September 2015 Nuclear waste communities, consultation response, 4-9-15

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Japan’s Atomic Ambivalence over Nuclear Relations with UK

Japan has an ambivalent relationship with Britain over nuclear. The history is not encouraging. In 1941 many of Britain’s top scientists left their war-threatened research labs in the UK to join a unique group of international scientists in the secret … Continue reading

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CoRWM Triennial Review

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is seeking the views of stakeholders who wish to contribute to the the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. The consultation closes on 10th March 2015 See: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/committee-on-radioactive-waste-management-corwm-triennial-review-2015

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Solid Low Level Waste Consultation

Following the 2014 NDA review, DECC (on behalf of UK and Devolved Governments) are consulting on proposed changes to the UK Strategy for the Management of Solid Low Level Radioactive Waste from the Nuclear Industry. The consultatiopn closes on 21st … Continue reading

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Finnish Approval of Radwaste Repository Safety Case Pre-mature

On 12th February 2015 World Nuclear News reported that Finland’s radiation and nuclear safety authority (STUK) had given final approval to Posiva’s application to construct a final repository and waste encapsulation plant. Posiva is jointly owned by Finnish nuclear utilities Fortum … Continue reading

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Welsh Waste Policy

The Welsh Government is carrying out a review of its Policy on the Management and Disposal of Higher Activity Radioactive Waste. The Welsh Government’s preliminary view is that it should adopt a policy on HAW similar to that developed by … Continue reading

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Sellafield: How the nuclear industry fleeced taxpayers

Last week the consortium holding a £22bn contract to clean up the Sellafield nuclear site was sacked, writes David Lowry. But this is just the end of a long and scandalous tale of corporate profit at taxpayers’ expense, and the … Continue reading

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