NDA's Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD)
We collaborate with a number of international organisations who are at various stages in developing their programmes to implement geological disposal. We are developing a strategy on how these organisations’ technology and capabilities could be adapted for use in the UK. This is known as a “technology transfer strategy”.
What We Do
We are responsible for implementing geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. We carry out preparatory work to plan for geological disposal. This work is described as "generic" because no sites have been identified yet.
We support Government's Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) programme.
The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) is a directorate of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department of the Energy and Climate Change.
We actively seek open dialogue with people to enable them to understand our work.
Whilst no sites have been selected, we work to develop the type of facility that might be required and our understanding of how it might be implemented.
Whilst no sites have been selected, we cover all aspects of safety generically. Once a site has been selected, we will demonstrate that we can meet the regulators' requirements before they will permit us to operate a geological disposal facility.
We are developing plans for how we will assess the political, economic and environmental effects of implementing geological disposal at potential disposal facility sites.
We commission a comprehensive programme of scientific research in order to design the multi-barrier system appropriately and to understand how it will evolve over the next million years.
We provide independent assessment of packaging of higher activity radioactive waste from the UK. This ensures waste is passively safe for long term storage and ultimately, geological disposal of the wastes.
We work with organisations like ours in other countries who are also seeking to dispose of higher activity radioactive waste through geological disposal.
We consider developments in radioactive waste management options that support the NDA's integrated and optimised waste management strategy.
A geological disposal facility will be a nuclear licensed site and in order to operate this facility, the organisation will need to become a Site Licence Company, as required by the regulators. Our contracting and procurement strategy means we work collaboratively with a small number of key delivery partners while maintaining access to specialist niche contractors.
Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD)
(+44) 01925 80 2844
(+44) 01925 802844
(+44) 07860 780041
(+44) 01925 802838
(+44) 07952 680881