The Scottish Government have published a strategy governing the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste in Scotland. The Higher Activity Waste (HAW) Implementation Strategy fulfils a commitment made in Scotland’s Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy, in 2011. The strategy does not deviate from previous Scottish Government policy. It also does not set out to identify new sites, with long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste continuing to take place in near-surface facilities. A process for developing a full siting strategy is expected to begin after 2030, with construction expected to begin on disposal facilities post-2070. Publication follows an extensive public consultation and work with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), site stakeholder groups and the Scottish Councils Committee on Radioactive Substances (SCCORS). The strategy will help improve work already underway to manage radioactive waste in Scotland. Key features of the strategy include an illustrative long-term timeline and a new research statement. The research statement commits the Scottish Government and delivery partners to review international concepts and emerging technologies, whilst making best use of the radioactive waste knowledge sharing R&D networks. As part of this work, we will seek advice from our Chief Scientific Adviser and the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. The strategy also commits the Scottish Government to working closely with business development partners and Skills Development Scotland to help review and enhance Scotland’s decommissioning capabilities.
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