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Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to determine the membership of (a) the Criteria Proposals Group and (b) the Criteria Review Panel in respect of geological screening criteria for radioactive waste disposal sites developed by his Department. (202081)

The two groups were recruited by the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme sponsor bodies (DEFRA, Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland) following discussion with, and nominations by, the learned societies—the Royal Society, the Geological Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser was also involved and the scientific disciplines sought were geology, hydrogeology and rock mechanics. Membership represented a high calibre mix of academic and industrial practitioners.

A Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) member participated in the Criteria Proposal Group’s work and a technical specialist from the Environment Agency also served on Criteria Review Panel.

Further information on the Groups’ work is available on DEFRA’s website.