News & Events

The NDA’s Management of the Magnox Contract

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a perpetual lack of knowledge about the state and location of waste on the 17 sites it is responsible for making safe, a powerful committee of MPs has found. This results from decades of … Continue reading

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Ghyll Scaur Quarry

INITIAL EVALUATION REPORT: Ghyll Scaur Quarry and associated coastal plain together with the adjacent inshore area. This report has been developed by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM) as part of the process to identify a suitable site for a Geological … Continue reading

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Phil Davies

We are sad to report that NWAA member Phil Davies passed away at the end of October 2020. His Guardian obituary can be read here.

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Copeland Back at the Beginning

The formation of a Working Group in Copeland is a first step towards disposing of higher-activity radioactive waste. The Working Group will now begin local discussions and fact-finding about siting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in Copeland. Radioactive Waste Management … Continue reading

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RWM partners with the British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey (BGS), a leading global geological survey and the UK’s national geoscience agency, and RWM work together to provide expertise, research and information to support the UK’s geological disposal programme. The two UK government organisations today jointly … Continue reading

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National Policy Statement Designated

The National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, was designated on 17th October 2019. Parliament 17th Oct 2019  

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Implementing Geological Disposal Update

Implementing geological disposal – working with communities: updated framework for the long term management of higher activity radioactive waste. Document sets out the UK Government’s framework for managing higher activity radioactive waste through geological disposal, including how the delivery body, … 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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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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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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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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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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Retrievability – the DRD method

Writing in the Journal of Environmental Protection, Nils-Axel Morner Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics, Stockholm, Sweden. says “The handling of the high-level nuclear waste remains unsolved. Methods proposed in Sweden, Finland and France seem likely to lead to disastrous radioactive contaminations in … Continue reading

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Treasury rebuked over hidden waste costs

Chancellor George Osborne has been criticised by the European Commission for failing to reveal all the costs associated with building the UK’s first nuclear power station since the 1990s. Some members of the Commission were critical that the Government has … Continue reading

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