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DECC publishes second Annual Report on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme
23 July 2012
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has published its 2nd Annual Report on its Managing Radioactive Waste Safety programme.
Announcing the publication, Charles Hendry, Minister for State for Energy said: "I am pleased to announce the publication of the second annual report of the Government's Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Programme. The programme is focused on implementing the geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste."
"The report shows that we are continuing to make progress across a number of key areas of work in the implementation of geological disposal, working within the underpinning principles of voluntarism and partnership with local communities."
The report sets out the work being undertaken by the NDA's Radioactive Waste Management Directorate to deliver geological disposal and to provide radioactive waste management solutions.
- Progress on the issues management process which was developed with stakeholders to provide an opportunity for all who take an interest in geological disposal to provide input
- The development of detailed methodologies for the application of criteria for site assessment
- Further work on the options for acceleration, including how some of the more innovative options might be achieved
As well as focussing on the work undertaken on geological disposal here in the UK, the report provides an update on how similar projects internationally are progressing. This includes developments in Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
The report also shows how the programme of work to establish a geological disposal facility in the UK will help show compliance with the EU Directive 2011/70 Euratom. This directive requires that each EU member state has a programme, plans and concepts in place for the safe management and, if appropriate to national plans, the disposal of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The Directive has to be transposed into UK law before 23 August 2013.
EU Directive 2011/70 Euratom (350Kb)