RWM sets out approach to evaluating sites for a GDF

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Radioactive Waste Management

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Safety, communities, and the environment are key considerations

RWM has published its approach to GDF site evaluation in England and Wales, following a comprehensive and open national consultation.

A GDF will only be built where there is both a willing community and a suitable site. The ‘Siting factors’, guided by government policy and legislation, will inform the conversations RWM will be having with communities and evaluations of site suitability.

There are six siting factors, which cover:

Safety and security – safety and security must be assured and endorsed by independent regulators. A GDF will not be built unless we, and they, are satisfied it is safe.

Community – communities are at the heart of the process to site a GDF, and RWM will consider social and economic opportunities, community wellbeing, and how a GDF can align with the host community’s vision.

Environment – a GDF is a major environmental protection endeavour. Construction of a GDF will need to meet independent regulatory requirements.

Engineering feasibility – RWM will need to ensure there is scope for sustainable design and the ability to construct and operate a GDF in a location.

Transport – the safe and secure transport of waste, people and other materials.

Value for money – RWM has a duty to ensure that value for money is delivered.

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