This is a time of huge change in nuclear decommissioning and waste management.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is being restructured and moving towards an approach based on Integrated Waste Management.
We are seeing the end of reprocessing at Sellafield and progress being made in dealing with the high hazard facilities. Magnox has announced the accelerated decommissioning of the Trawsfynydd site and is reviewing plans for its other stations. Communities are entering the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) siting process and we are moving forward in the search for a final disposal solution for the UK’s Higher Activity Waste (HAW).
Outside NDA operations, Government policy on decommissioning and waste management is under review for the first time in 25 years, while an announcement is anticipated on the clean-up of the EDF fleet. Proposals for new conventional, advanced and fusion reactors, as well as for renewables, have the potential to impact on NDA sites.
All these changes affect local authorities and communities, and Nuleaf works to deliver the best economic, social and environmental outcomes for them.
As part of our new website we have created this Blog as a platform for our members and partners to offer their perspective on the evolving nuclear landscape. We offer this space as a forum for discussion on current and future policy and practice, and want to encourage a diverse range of views, positive or critical. Please do contact use and join the debate.
Phil Matthews, Executive Director