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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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Regulators Scrutiny of RWMD Work on Geological Disposal

In May 2013 the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency published the latest summary of their ongoing scrutiny of the work of the NDA’s Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD). The summary covers the period April 2010 to March … Continue reading

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Where next after Cumbria?

The Government has been considering what lessons can be learned from the experiences of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) programme in west Cumbria and elsewhere. It asked to hear views by 10th June 2013 on the programme, particularly from those who … Continue reading

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RWMD approach to issues management

RWMD report dated March 2012 which includes a full compilation of issues raised with RWMD by various bodies, including NWAA, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM),  and Helen Wallace for Greenpeace International. The issues are grouped together in subject … Continue reading

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NDA RWMD Issues Register

An Excel File (dated March 2012) showing the status of NDA/RWMD work in responding to each of NWAA’s 101 issues in our issues register. The table shows whether or not work is ongoing to address the issue, inactive or planned … Continue reading

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Prof Smythe’s response to Dr Dearlove

Professor David Smythe has written a response to a letter submitted to the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Partnership by the Dr J Dearlove on 13th May 2011. His letter is a commentary on Prof. Smythe’s critique: “Why a deep nuclear … Continue reading

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Nirex Inquiry Inspector’s Report

Over 66 days between 5 September 1995 and 1 February 1996 a public inquiry was held at The Civic Hall, Cleator Moor, Cumbria into an appeal by United Kingdom Nirex Limited against the refusal by Cumbria County Council to grant planning … Continue reading

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Why was Sellafield rejected as a disposal site for radioactive waste?

March 17th 1997 may be remembered by most people in Britain for the announcement of the general election. But for the nuclear industry, this was the day that their waste disposal plans fell apart. A planning Inspector and his team … Continue reading

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Environment Agency Consultation on waste from new nuclear reactors

It is the Environment Agency’s job to regulate discharges and waste disposals from nuclear power stations in England and Wales. The Agency has been working with the Office for Nuclear Regulation on a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) to assess the new … Continue reading

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MRWS – desk-based studies of potential sites consultation

Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: Desk-based identification and assessment of potential candidate sites for geological disposal – a public consultation. A consultation seeking views on how potential sites for geological disposal will be identified and assessed. It sets out how desk … Continue reading

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First Annual Report on the MRWS Programme

The Government’s response in November 2010 to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s report “Radioactive Waste Management: a Further Update”, committed Government to the production of an annual report to Parliament that would be published and copies … Continue reading

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Retrievability & Reversibility 17/06/11

When the Scottish Government published its Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy is January 2011, it also published a series of additional documents. One of these documents – on Retrievability and Reversibility – was outstanding. This was finally published in June … Continue reading

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NDA Manpower Study

Disposal of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste underground will generate an average of 550 jobs over its 140 year lifespan, according to a study published by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The highest employment rate during the £12 billion … Continue reading

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Hansard 23rd May 2011 386W

Caroline Lucas MP asks about the proportion of high level radioactive waste which has been vitirfied into glass blocks. Energy Minister, Charles Hendry says that approximately 50% of the total HLW inventory in stock has been conditioned (or vitrified), but … Continue reading

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