13 May 2013
Government call for evidence
The Government has issued a “Call for Evidence” to gather views on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely site selection process.
30 January 2013
Cumbrian Councils vote on the MRWS process
Copeland Borough Council voted in favour of remaining in the MRWS process but Cumbria County Council voted to withdraw.
23 July 2012
DECC publishes second Annual Report on MRWS
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has published its 2nd Annual Report on its Managing Radioactive Waste Safety programme.
09 May 2012
IWM Strategy Development Programme
The NDA has published its Strategy Development Programme for Integrated Waste Management (IWM).
22 December 2011
Review of timescales for geological disposal
We have published a preliminary response to the Minister’s request to review the programme for implementing geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste with a view to bringing the date for first waste emplacement forward from the planned 2040 date to 2029.
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Planning for geological disposal
Geological Disposal: Steps towards implementation - Executive Summary 2010 (2Mb)
A summary of the full report that describes:
- preparatory work undertaken so far
- planning of our future work programme
- management arrangements to deliver it
Geological Disposal: Steps towards implementation - Full Report 2010 (3Mb)
Describes the preparatory work undertaken so far, including planning of future work programme and the management arrangements to deliver it. This report provides information to a wide range of interested parties on the steps we believe will be required for successful implementation of geological disposal. It also explains how the various activities and outputs of our work programme are designed to achieve a safe, secure, sustainable and publicly acceptable outcome.
Generic Disposal System Safety Case (DSSC) documents
A suite of documents, published in 2011, together form our generic Disposal System Safety Case. These provide information on the work to develop a number of illustrative designs for geological disposal in the UK.
Radioactive Wastes in the UK: The 2010 estimate of radioactive waste for Geological Disposal August 2011 (600Kb)
The objective of this report is to identify whether changes introduced by the 2010 UKRWI have implications for the generic DSSC. In particular this reports aims to:
- set out where findings of the generic DSSC might change
- determine what future research needs are required due to the 2010 UKRWI.
The viability of a phased geological repository concept for the long term management of the UK’s radioactive waste (Nirex Report (N/122) 2005) (2Mb)
This report sets out why Nirex believed that the UK’s long-lived radioactive waste should be placed in a phased geological repository located between 300 and 1,000m deep in stable rock and the reasoning behind these views.
Geological disposal options for HLW and SF (2008) (7Mb)
This report provides information on a range of high level radioactive waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel (SF) geological disposal0020concepts, in order to illustrate how geological disposal of HLW and SF might be implemented in the UK.
Concepts for the geological disposal of ILW (2008) (10Mb)
This report provides information concerning the phased geological repository concept (PGRC) which has been developed as the reference option for geological disposal of intermediate level wastes (ILW) and those low level wastes (LLW) not suitable for disposal at the LLW facility near Drigg in Cumbria or at other future near-surface facilities in the UK.
RWMDPP01 Management of wastes from new nuclear power stations position statement February 2009 (38Kb)
As the implementing organisation for geological disposal of higher activity wastes, NDA is supporting the regulators’ Generic Design Assessment of designs for new nuclear power stations. In particular we are considering the disposability of spent fuel. We are examining a number of issues related to the characteristics of this waste and identifying their effects on the long term safety case for disposal.
Early results show that any issues identified are being addressed for the existing legacy wastes and nuclear materials.