The first Annual Report of the work undertaken by the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate’s Technical Advisory Panel has been published. It covers the work of the panel since its creation in 2012 to March 2013.
The work covered by the panel, which is made up of external experts, comprises all technical aspects of the geological disposal facility programme. This includes, design, safety assessment, research and development, site characterisation and the overall scientific and technical strategy for geological disposal of UK radioactive wastes.
Professor Cherry Tweed, Chief Scientific Advisor in the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate said: “We welcome this Annual Report from the Technical Advisory Panel and the recommendations the panel has made to help us in our work. We will consider these recommendations in detail and provide a report later in the year summarising the actions in response”.
The Technical Advisory Panel members come from academia, radioactive waste management implementing agencies and research, engineering and scientific consultancy companies in the UK and Europe.
The Technical Advisory Panel evolved from the R&D Advisory Panel, which operated since 2009 as an independent expert group to evaluate and advise on the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate’s Research and Development strategy, programme and activities that support the implementation of a geological disposal facility.