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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The following key documents provide more information on various aspects of research and development.
For minutes and terms of reference for governance of Research and Development see:
Our Strategy and Plans
NDA Strategy (effective from April 2011) (3Mb)
This document sets out our strategy approved by Government in 2011.
NDA Business Plan 2011 - 2014 (3Mb)
This plan outlines the NDA planned activities for the three year period from 2011 to 2014 with proposed expenditure. We consult on our draft annual plan each year before it is approved by Government for implementation.
NDA Skills and Capability Action Plan November 2008 (2Mb)
An action plan for the skills and capability strategy published in 2008: see Skills and Capability Strategy
NDA Research & Development - Needs, Risks, and Opportunities - April 2006 (3Mb)
Summarises the R&D requirements presented as part of the Life Cycle Baseline Plans 2005, submitted by the Site Licence Companies. It provides information on areas of best practice and improvement, and opportunities for developing common and fit for purpose technical solutions to a range of challenging issues.
Research and Development Strategy to Underpin Geological Disposal of the UK Higher Activity Radioactive Wastes (2009) (2Mb)
This document sets out the research and development (R&D) strategy to support aprogramme for geological disposal of the UK's higher activity radioactive wastes.
More information on our role in geological disposal
Technical Baselines Underpinning Research (TBuRDs)
Summary of Independent Peer Review and Analysis of SLC TBuRD Submissions 2012 (1Mb)
Cogentus was commissioned to carry out an independent peer review of the technical documents prepared by the SLCs This paper is a summary of the review. Its aim is to highlight some of the key messages across the estate and to reflect on how the TBuRD process is improving the SLCs' understanding of R&D as well as the NDA's understanding of R&D.
Research and Development Direct Research Portfolio Annual Report 2011-12 (1Mb)
This document highlights the work undertaken as part of NDA's Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) in 2011-12. This document provides details of the research projects carried out, the reason for carrying out the R&D (informing strategy, delivering innovation, supporting skills) and the main organisation carrying out the research.
Research and Development Direct Research Portfolio Annual Report 2010-11 (1Mb)
This document highlights the work undertaken as part of NDA's Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) in 2010-11. This document provides details of the research projects carried out, the reason for carrying out the R&D (informing strategy, delivering innovation, supporting skills) and the main organisation carrying out the research.
Research and Development Direct Research Portfolio Annual Report 2009-10 (200Kb)
This document highlights the work undertaken as part of NDA's Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) in 2009-10. This document provides details of the research projects carried out and the main organisation carrying out the research.
Research and Development Direct Research Portfolio Annual Report 2008-09 (250Kb)
This document highlights the work undertaken as part of NDA's Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) in 2008-09. This document provides details of the research projects carried out and the main organisation carrying out the research.
A Review of the UK's Nuclear Research and Development Capability (3Mb)
A report prepared by the Dalton Nuclear Institute, National Nuclear Laboratory and Battelle, commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board in partnership with Materials UK and Regional Development Agencies.
2010 Inventory (wastes to be managed)
See UK Radioactive Waste Inventory 2010 Website for the following documents:
Executive Summary (2011)
This summarises the 2010 UK Radioactive Waste Inventory and provides an overview of the amounts of raw waste that either exist or will arise in future.
Main report (2011)
This is the detailed document that provides information on volumes that exist today and will arise in the future.
International data report (2011)
This provides the necessary information required for international reporting to the IAEA.
Review of processes contributing to radioactive waste in the UK (2008)
This report explains how and why radioactive wastes are produced in the UK. Its purpose is to inform those who have no involvement with radioactive waste about the primary processes that give rise to radioactive wastes and how these wastes are dealt with.
Radioactive materials report (2011)
This report provides details of those materials that are not currently classified as waste e.g. plutonium, uranium and spent nuclear fuel, but may be classified as such in the future.
Radioactive Wastes in the UK - the 2010 estimate of radioactive waste for Geological Disposal (2Mb)
DECC and the NDA have produced this report for those with an interest in geological disposal of radioactive waste, in particular any local community or communities who may be involved in, or considering involvement in, a geological disposal facility siting process. The report provides an estimate of the wastes and materials currently identified as potentially for disposal in a geological facility and is based on the information published in the full 2010 UK Radioactive Waste Inventory.
Implications of the 2010 UK Radioactive Waste Inventory on the generic Disposal System Safety Case 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.
An explanation of the differences between the 2007 derived inventory and equivalent wastes and materials in the 2010 UK Radioactive Waste Inventory (2Mb)This report explains the differences between the 2007 Derived Inventory and equivalent wastes and materials in the 2010 UK Radioactive Waste Inventory.
Tax Relief for R&D Activities