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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Work of Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD)
Our Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) is responsible for the programme that delivers the geological disposal facility. In due course its ownership may be opened up to competition in line with other NDA sites. Further dialogue with Government, the regulators and the supply chain will be required before the step is taken to determine whether this is the appropriate implementation approach.
To deliver geological disposal and provide radioactive waste management solutions.
- Engage with national and local governments and communities to identify a geological disposal facility site
- Develop the specification, design, safety case and environmental and sustainability assessments for the disposal system and obtain regulatory support
- In conjunction with waste producers, identify and deliver solutions to optimise the management of Higher Activity Waste
- Develop and maintain an effective organisation and secure resources to deliver geological disposal
- Obtain and maintain stakeholder support for our activities
- Deliver a focused Research & Development programme to support geological disposal and optimised packaging solutions
- Develop sustainable, innovative and cost effective solutions that have public support and are in the best interest of the UK
A key recommendation of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is that we implement Government policy of geological disposal through a voluntarism and partnership approach. We aim to develop open and transparent relationships with stakeholders and provide relevant and accessible information, including the wider context of the waste issue – understanding it as a social and ethical question as much as a technical and scientific one.
We will, therefore, be liaising with a range of stakeholders, including:
- Communities who have come forward through the voluntarism process
- Independent regulators
- Local Government and its representative bodies
- Nuclear industry and its representative bodies
- Supply chain
- Academia and skills organisations
- Non-Government organisations (NGOs)
- Media and
- Organisations and individuals who are interested in our work.
Our approach will be to use formal channels including appropriate consultations as well as informal channels and on an ad hoc basis. This means that an open, collaborative approach will be central to our culture and to our success.
If you require more information from the NDA on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) programme or geological disposal, see Geological Disposal Enquiries