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The Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC) was established in 1978 to offer independent advice to Ministers on radioactive waste management issues. Members of the Committee were drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms including radioactive waste management, radiological protection, earth sciences, environmental law & planning, medical physics and social sciences.

Each year until 2004, RWMAC undertook a programme of work commissioned by Government Ministers. It also responded to consultations on relevant issues and maintained an active interest in all aspects of radioactive waste management activities undertaken by UK nuclear site operators and other users of radioactive materials. All RWMAC's advice to Ministers has been published, either in individual reports or in the context of the RWMAC Annual Report. This site gives details, and from 2000 onwards, the text, of all RWMAC publications.

However, with the establishment of the new Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) during the course of 2003, UK Government and the devolved administrations, as sponsors of both RWMAC and CoRWM, undertook a review of the future of RWMAC. The outcome of the review was announced on 22 March 2004, which was that RWMAC should be put into abeyance for the two to three year period during which CoRWM will be compiling its recommendations on future policy for the long-term management of the UK's higher radioactive wastes. A further review of Government advisory machinery needs in the radioactive waste policy area would be carried out at that point.

Copies of the Parliamentary statement made by the Minister for the Environment, Elliot Morley, concerning the future of RWMAC, a copy of the decision letter sent to the then RWMAC Chair, Professor Charles Curtis OBE, and other relevant correspondence, may be accessed via the links below:

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