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Detail of outcome
The national geological screening Guidance sets out how we intend to bring together existing information on UK geology relevant to the long term safety of a geological disposal facility and make it available in an accessible form. The application of the Guidance will result in authoritative, national-scale narratives and supporting maps presented for 13 regions of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In addition to the final Guidance, we are publishing the responses received from individuals and organisations to our consultation, our response to those suggestions and the Detailed Technical Instructions which inform the work of producing the final outputs.
A version of the Guidance in html format is also available.
Detail of feedback received
All responses have been carefully considered and the feedback used to finalise the Guidance.
We consulted on proposals for assembling, and presenting to the public, information on the geology of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These proposals form the draft National Geological Screening (NGS) Guidance.
The 12 week consultation was your opportunity to play a central role in the government and RWM programme of work to plan for, build, and operate a geological disposal facility (GDF) deep underground, providing a permanent solution for the country’s most radioactive waste. The approach for this will be based on working with communities that are willing to participate in the siting process.
As part of our stringent planning for a GDF, there are a number of factors that will be taken into consideration. Geology plays an important role. By providing existing and relevant geological information across regions of the UK, we will have a platform to inform early discussions with communities about the potential suitability to host a GDF in their area.
During 2015 we worked with geoscience specialists to develop the proposed guidance. This was reviewed by an independent review panel (IRP) established by the Geological Society and presented it for public consultation.
We held regional workshops during the consultation. For more information: See Update on the National Geological Screening Consultation.