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The Saga of UK Radioactive Waste Disposal

The Western Regional Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Ian Crossland nuclear specialist with more than 50 years’ experience of the nuclear industry. For the past thirty years he has specialised in radioactive waste management with a particular interest in disposal. He has first-hand experience of the roller-coaster ride produced by the many swings of UK policy in this area.

The UK has a small mountain of radioactive waste that is stored at many locations around the country. This is the legacy of almost 100 years’ exploitation of nuclear technology in research, medicine, weapons and electricity production. Some of this waste will remain dangerous for millennia. Even if we were to stop
producing it, the legacy of past years would still need to be safely managed to prevent its being a danger to the public. But what to do? Do we continue to store it and, by so doing, pass on the burden of care to future generations? Or do we seek a permanent solution and thereby honour both intergenerational equity and the
“polluter pays” maxim?

The talk outlines the fundamental science that underpins geological disposal, the development, over the past half-century, of UK radioactive waste management policy, the several failed attempts to implement geological disposal and the current campaign to find and implement a permanent solution.


This talk will be given via Zoom, hosted by The Geological Society, Western Regional Group.

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RWM Research Support Office launch

Join the launch of the Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office (RWM RSO) in September. The RWM RSO is a newly formed body that brings together UK university capabilities in geological disposal science and technology.

The RWM RSO will:

  • Deliver world-leading research from the UK’s academic research community that will underpin the safety case for a geological disposal facility;
  • Support UK universities to access geodisposal research funding that will underpin our geological disposal programme;
  • Develop the next generation of geodisposal research expertise to support the national programme.


The 3-day programme includes:

  • Introduction to the RWM geodisposal research strategy and RSO activities
  • Introduction to the RSO funding portfolio and calls starting October 2020
  • Announcement of 2021 PhD project funding call
  • Case study presentations of RWM funded research
  • Plenary talk from Dr Allan Hedin, Manager of Safety Assessments at SKB, Sweden
  • Research proposal development workshop: Gas Generation, Migration and Reactivity in radioactive waste disposal

The research development workshop will be a sandpit event for researchers to help develop the funding call for this topic area.

The full programme is available here: https://www.research-support-office-gdf.ac.uk/connect/events/


The registration deadline is Friday 11th September. Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite.

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