Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) has organised a series of events to help people understand the context of RWM’s proposed approach to Site Evaluation for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) and to answer any questions individuals or organisations may have about our current consultations. These events do not constitute part of the formal consultation process and views expressed and questions asked at the events will not be formally included in the consultation analysis. To contribute to the consultations, individuals and organisations will need to submit their views and insights via email or post to RWM.
RWM 17th Jan 2019 read more »
Landmark 1,000th waste shipment achieved in record time. Soaring figures highlight LLWR’s success in diverting waste from the Repository Site. Landmark 1,000th waste shipment achieved in record time. Soaring figures highlight LLWR’s success in diverting waste from the Repository Site. “Around 5% of low level waste is now disposed of at the Repository, down from 95% a decade ago, and that means we are preserving valuable capacity, removing the requirement for a second Repository, at a projected cost to the taxpayer of over £2 billion.”
LLWR 18th Jan 2019 read more »
A permit for the expansion of the existing SFR repository for low- and intermediate-level waste should be granted under the Sweden’s Environmental Code, the country’s Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has recommended to the Land and Environment Court in Stockholm.
World Nuclear News 18th Jan 2019 read more »
The former boss of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority says a high-profile Government scrutiny committee should focus on better understanding the challenges dealing with the UK’s nuclear legacy rather than scoring points. In a second exclusive interview with in-Cumbria, John Clarke says he believes it was right to be held to account for the NDA’s billions of pounds-worth of spend, the committee’s approach to tackling the complex challenges dealing with the UK’s nuclear waste were often oversimplified. Mr Clarke faced several grillings from the PAC on the public money being spent at the NDA’s 17 sites across the UK – including the biggest and most complex at Sellafield in West Cumbria – during his five-year spell as chief executive. “Absolutely, we should be held to account on whether we are spending public money wisely and getting the results we should,” says Mr Clarke, who spent a decade working for the NDA. “A lot of what I was asked by the PAC was about that, but then it can stray over in to a bit of theatre and occasionally flow over in to pantomime. “It should actually be about understanding what is happening rather than scoring points.” While Mr Clarke admitted that there was no doubt some NDA projects had overrun and seen cost increases due to poor performance, politicians needed to appreciate many of the projects needed to keep the sites, and the public, safe were a “journey in to the unknown.” “I think the vast majority of cost increases and schedule slippages are down to the fact that you’re setting out to undertake a unique project,” he said. “Pretty much everything at Sellafield is a one-off and there is a lot of uncertainty. You can set off on a project down one route but later have to turn back and start again. “Some would say you’ve wasted that money because you haven’t achieved anything, but I would say you have – you now have knowledge you didn’t have before.
In Cumbria 18th Jan 2019 read more »