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 1 of RWM’s National Geological Screening output should comprise the British Geological Survey’s Technical Information Reports; Part 2 should show the relationship of this information to the safety of a GDF and Part 3 should contain information on areas that have been screened out from further consideration.”
The Government response said:
“The National Geological Screening outputs will not definitively rule all areas as either ‘suitable’ or ‘unsuitable’. At the simplest level there will be plain English summaries of the geological information for each region, illustrated with maps showing areas that may include volumes of appropriate lower strength sedimentary rocks (e.g. clay), higher strength rock (e.g. granite) or evaporate rocks (e.g. salt) at the appropriate depths for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). These will be accompanied by more detailed regional and sub-regional reports that explain the relationship of the basic geological information to the safety of a GDF in each area. These will also be supported by short, explanatory video clips intended to explain technical terms for non-geologists.”
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) has indicated that these guides are likely to be published with a suite of other relevant information when they relaunch the siting process.