RWM has welcomed the proposal of two areas in Copeland, Cumbria, where it could begin to search for a site that might be suitable for a GDF. Copeland GDF Working Group has been discussing geological disposal with local people since last November and identified the areas using existing information which includes local geology, environmental issues, transport infrastructure and safety. The Working Group, whose members include RWM, is proposing that two Community Partnerships are formed in Copeland, relating to two Search Areas based on district electoral ward boundaries. One Search Area covers the electoral wards of Gosforth & Seascale and Beckermet. The second Search Area covers the electoral wards of Millom and Black Combe & Scafell. Any parts of these wards that lie inside the Lake District National Park and its proposed extension will remain excluded from consideration for the GDF and associated surface infrastructure.
RWM 29th Sept 2021 read more »
A short new online documentary from the BBC describes why radioactive waste exists in the UK, how it’s being dealt with and the role of nuclear power in the context of global climate change.
RWM 8th Sept 2021 read more »
The Research Support Office was launched one year ago by RWM to harness and grow the academic community carrying out some of the essential independent research required for a UK Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). Its long-term programme includes wholly funded research, part-funded research carried out with partners in the government’s UK Research and Innovation body (UKRI), academia and industry, together with PhD studentships and engagement in international projects. Since formation of the RSO, RWM has funded 8 PhD students, 2 Post-doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) and has committed to fund a further 16 PhDs and three PDRAs this coming year. During the 2-day event in Manchester, RWM and experts from universities and research institutions across the UK will explore the latest developments in geological disposal research.
RWM 15th Sept 2021 read more »
Experts from across the world are today and tomorrow focusing on the vital role of geoscience in developing underground facilities where higher activity radioactive waste can be safely disposed of. The geoscience event is taking place over two days, with an online audience of over 200 delegates. It has been organised by RWM, in partnership with the Yorkshire Geological Society (YGS) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) to showcase the role of geoscience in geological disposal. Suitable geology will be one of the key factors in finding a UK site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) where the country’s radioactive waste can be safely disposed of for the long term. A GDF will be designed such that deep rocks will work together with engineered barriers to isolate and contain the waste, protecting people and the environment.
RWM 27th Sept 2021 read more »
Marianne Birkby, of the Radiation Free Lakeland group, is strongly against a geological disposal facility. She said: “Our position is that it should be contained above ground, not deep underground. “Our remit is to oppose GDF anywhere because the science doesn’t exist to safely put nuclear waste underground for any length of time.” The Lake District National Park and its proposed extension are excluded from consideration – as are existing and future coal mines. Marianne and her fellow activists at Radiation Free Lakeland feel that the Lake District National Park should include land up to the Irish Sea.
Whitehaven News 30th Sept 2021 read more »