Managing Radioactive Waste Safely

NDA would like to make you aware of recent developments with the Government’s Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) process.

The Government has issued a “Call for Evidence” to gather views on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely site selection process.

It is seeking views particularly from those who have been engaged in (or have been interested observers of) the process to date. The responses to the “Call for Evidence” will inform a consultation which is planned to take place in the autumn.

Government policy for the long-term management of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste is geological disposal with the NDA being responsible for its implementation. In 2008 the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) White Paper was published which outlined the framework for implementing geological disposal and set out Government’s preferred approach to site-selection based on the principles of voluntarism and partnership.

Government remains firmly committed to geological disposal as the right policy for the long term, safe and secure, management of higher activity radioactive waste.

In line with Secretary of State Edward Davey’s written Ministerial statement of 31 January 2013, Government has been considering what lessons can be learned from the experiences of the MRWS programme in west Cumbria and elsewhere. The “Call for Evidence” is the next stage in that process.

More information on how to respond to the “Call for Evidence” is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-radioactive-waste-safely-call-for-evidence-on-the-siting-process-for-a-geological-disposal-facility