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Our Role in Geological Disposal
In June 2008, Government published the White Paper "Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: A Framework for Implementing Geological Disposal". This paper sets out Government's detailed framework for the long term management of higher activity wastes.
Government has made the NDA the implementing organisation, responsible for planning and delivering the geological disposal facility. As part of this process, the NDA will engage with the communities and other stakeholders.
Our Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) will be 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
- Seek sustainable, innovative and cost effective solutions that have public support and are in the best interest of the UK
If you require more information from the NDA on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) programme or geological disposal, then please contact:
Head of Communications
Radioactive Waste Management Directorate
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus