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Update on Implementing Geological Disposal in the United Kingdom


Bruce McKirdy, Natalyn Ala, Radioactive Waste Management


For more than 60 years, Britain has been accumulating radioactive waste which is currently stored safely at over 20 sites around the country. Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is responsible for making this waste even safer by disposing of it securely for the long term in a GDF. This paper provides an update on the implementation of the process for siting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in the United Kingdom (UK) and the role of RWM as the developer in its implementation.

The UK Government favours an approach for selecting a GDF site that is based on working in partnership with communities. In early 2013 when there were no longer any communities participating in the site selection process, the UK Government embarked upon a review to consider what lessons could be learned. Informed by this review the UK Government published in July 2014 a renewed approach to implementing geological disposal based on working with interested communities. The first two years of the programme comprises of initial actions overseen by Government recognising the need to provide additional information before the siting process is formally launched in 2017. 


WM Symposia


WMS Journal Volume 2, Issue 2

Publication Date

January 2017

Document Type

Conference Paper