Written Statement: Geological disposal of radioactive waste: working with potential host communities. Today I am publishing Geological disposal of radioactive waste: working with potential host communities. This policy outlines the engagement process for communities in Wales who wish to enter into discussions on potentially hosting a geological disposal facility (GDF). Today’s publication marks the final stage of a comprehensive and lengthy policy development process, including a consultation which closed in April 2018. The Welsh Government has adopted a policy of supporting geological disposal for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste (HAW) since 2015. A GDF provides a permanent solution to the long-term management of HAW, rather than leaving the responsibility to future generations. Geological disposal has been adopted around the world as the best and safest option for the long-term management of HAW and aligns with the advice of the independent expert Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM). However this, of course, does not necessarily mean a GDF will be built in Wales. The Welsh Government has not identified any potential sites or communities to host a GDF in Wales nor will it do so. Our policy is very clear, a GDF can only be sited in Wales if a community is willing to host it.
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Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Working with Communities. Welsh Government Consultation – summary of response.
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Site Evaluation – How we will evaluate sites in Wales. Following today’s written statement by Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government and the publication of ‘Geological Disposal of Higher Activity Radioactive Waste: Working with Communities’ by the Welsh Government, Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will now widen the search for a willing host community and a suitable site to construct a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).
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