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Geological Disposal Implementation Board

The Government is committed to geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste, coupled with safe and secure interim storage and a geological disposal facility siting process based on voluntarism and partnership. It has set up the Geological Disposal Implementation Board (GDIB), … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Supplemtary Consultation on Radwaste Policy

The Scottish Government’s Annex to the Environmental Report  for its proposed Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy was published in September 2010 to provide a supplementary assessment of policy alternatives. This NWAA consultation response agrees with the Scottish Government policy of not … Continue reading

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NWAA response to EA consultation on new build waste

NWAA response to Environment Agency Consultation on the Waste Implications of the Proposed EPR and AP1000 New Build nuclear reactor designs – The EA Generic Design Assessment ( GDA). The Environment Agency’s (EA’s) role is to ensure the impact of … Continue reading

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Rock Solid? A scientific review.

Rock Solid? A scientific review of geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste, by Dr Helen Wallace, Greenpeace International 15th September 2011. Worldwide, thirteen countries are actively pursuing long-term waste management programmes for high-level radioactive wastes resulting from nuclear electricity generation, … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy Consultation

In June 2007 the Scottish Government announced that its policy for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive wastes is to support long-term near surface, near site storage facilities so that waste is monitorable and retrievable and the need for … Continue reading

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End of the road for Swedish repository?

After nearly three decades of R&D efforts, close observers are asking themselves if perhaps the Swedish nuclear industry hasn’t reached a dead end concerning nuclear waste storage. The question arises after SKB AB, the industry’s jointly owned company for nuclear … Continue reading

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Steps towards implementation.

The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the NDA is responsible for managing the delivery of geological disposal for higher activity radioactive wastes, as required under UK Government policy. This policy also states that the siting of a geological disposal … Continue reading

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NWAA Submission to the National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure Consultation

Submission to the consultation on the draft National Policy Statements (NPS) on Energy Infrastructure. This submission examines the evidence for the Government’s assertion that effective arrangements will exist for waste produced by new reactors. It concludes that the Government’s assetion “…that … Continue reading

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NWAA submission to Justification Consultation

Submission to the Consultation on the Secretary of State’s Proposed Decision as Justifying Authority on the Regulatory Justification of the New Nuclear Power Station Designs currently known as the AP1000 and the EPR, 22nd February 201o. This submission examines the evidence … Continue reading

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EU and US scientists discuss nuclear waste management

While in the US the Obama administration has said it will abandon the nuclear waste disposal project at Yucca Mountain and has set up a “blue-ribbon” commission on America’s future management of nuclear waste, in Europe, two countries (Sweden and … Continue reading

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NWAA Memorandum to HoC Energy & Climate Change Committee

Submission to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee Inquiry into the Energy National Policy Statements from Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, January 2010. “Effective Arrangements for Waste from New Reactors Do Not Exist”. Memorandum_to_HoC_ECCC_Jan10 The Energy and Climate Change … Continue reading

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Letter from CoRWM members on new build waste

A letter from four members of the first Committee on Radioactive Waste Management regarding new build waste. Andy Blowers, Gordon Mackerron, Mary Allan and Pete Wilkinson write to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (at the time Ed Miliband) to … Continue reading

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Nuclear Waste: an outstanding problem

A presentation by the late Hugh Richards about whether a geological repository will be extendable to take spent fuel from new reactors. Richards deals particularly with the heat output from high burn-up spent fuel and the increased size of the … Continue reading

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Managing Radioactive Waste Safely White Paper

The Government’s White Paper on a Framework for Implementing Geological Disposal was published in June 2008 jointly by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and the devolved admoinstrations for Northern … Continue reading

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CoRWM – Managing our Radioactive Waste Safely

On 31st July 2006 the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management submitted its recommendations to Government. This final report was published in November 2006. Although CoRWM said it considered “geological disposal” to be the best approach for the long-term management of … Continue reading

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The Viability of a phased geological repository

Nirex Report N/122, November 2005. The viability of a phased geological repository concept for the long-term management of the UK’s radioactive waste. Report summarises why Nirex believed its Phased Geological Repository Concept is the viable technical option for the long-term … Continue reading

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History of Nuclear Waste Disposal Proposals

Prior to 1976 very little thought was given to the question of how to deal with the nuclear waste produced by military and nuclear electricity programmes. Some lower level waste was disposed of at sea, but most waste was simply … Continue reading

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