The next meeting of the NuLeAF Steering Group will be held at Local Government House, Smith Square, London on 14 May, 11.00 - 3.30. The meeting will consider reports on the Geological Disposal Facility siting process, updates on NDA strategy and operations and will also include a presentation and discussion with Caroline Green of LGA on how the organisation works with its Special Interest Groups. In the afternoon there will be two presentations. The first will be from Jim Cochrane of SEPA. SEPA is in partnership with the NDA and Environment Agency and wishes to talk to NuLeAF about opportunities for Planning Authorities to become involved in the regulation of sites during interim states. The second afternoon presentation will be from Kelly Duane of Cavendish Fluor Partnership on the new proposals for the management of Intermediate Level Waste and Fuel Element Debris at Magnox sites. The meeting is open to officers and elected members from NuLeAF member authorities. If you would like to attend please contact the secretariat.
DECC has established a Community Representation Working Group (CRWG) to help determine how issues including local government and community representation and the management of community investment funds are made in relation to plans for a Geological Disposal Facility. NuLeaF’s Executive Director, Philip Matthews, has been invited to join the group which will meet throughout 2015. Wider engagement with local government and others is also planned.
As part of the stakeholder engagement process, Radioactive Waste Management are organising a number of workshops to discuss the national geological screening exercise. RWM met with members of NuLeAF's Radioactive Waste Planning Group on 10 December and you can view the presentation slides here. You can also find the regional summaries produced by the British Geological Survey here. NuLeAF would be happy to provide impartial advice and information, formally or informally. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We have also published a draft Briefing Paper which sets out the core issues in the White Paper and NuLeAF's initial views.