Nuclear waste meeting in Swansea is cancelled and replaced with an online event. It was one of a series of meetings taking place across the country to discuss where to bury the country’s most dangerous radioactive waste. The organisation that had planned a meeting in Swansea about where to store nuclear waste has cancelled it, and said it’s staging an online event instead. Government-run Radioactive Waste Management was behind the meetings in Swansea and Llandudno to discuss where to create a geological disposal facility for burying the UK’s stockpile of the most dangerous radioactive waste. No details of any potential sites were made public and it was understood that the body was seeking “a willing host community” where radioactive waste could be stored hundreds of metres underground. The Swansea meeting was planned for Tuesday, March 12, and was objected to by Swansea Council, but it won’t now happen as a physical event. A statement from the firm read: “Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) respects the views expressed by Swansea Council in their proposed motion (for consideration on 28 February) about hosting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in their area. “RWM also reaffirms that none of its regional events, including the one for Swansea , is linked in any way to where a GDF might be sited and no site anywhere in England or Wales has been targeted, proposed or chosen. A GDF can only be sited in Wales if a community is willing to host it. “RWM has listened to the concerns expressed by the council and members of the public and has adapted the approach to the current consultation. RWM will now host an online webinar instead of an event in the City. This approach also makes it possible for people across the region to participate and access the consultation. The Llandudno meeting is continuing as planned on March 14.
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This edition of the NFLA Radioactive Waste Policy provides councillors and council officers with an overview of the long-standing process that has tried to find a deep underground nuclear waste repository – called by the industry and the UK Government a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) – over the past four decades. It outlines the NFLA’s concerns in this area and the alternatives to such a facility. It is designed to assist Councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who have received letters from the UK and Welsh Government’s to consider ‘expressing an interest’ in joining the process for hosting such a facility.
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