When I tell people that I work in the nuclear sector, there is often a misconception that it is impossible to dispose of nuclear waste safely. This is where RWM comes in. We are a group of talented technical people and world-renowned experts whose job and number one priority it is to keep the UK safe from nuclear waste. Within RWM there are different sub-groups and teams. I’m a chartered physicist, and it’s my job to show that a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) will not cause any harm to people or the environment. Geological disposal involves isolating and containing radioactive waste in sealed vaults and tunnels deep underground, between 200 m and 1000 m below the surface. This prevents radioactivity from ever reaching the surface in levels that could cause harm. Solid radioactive waste is packaged in secure engineered containers, typically made of metal or concrete, and then placed in a stable rock formation, with the containers surrounded by clay or cement. This is called the multi-barrier approach.
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