Geological Disposal Programme Board (GDPB)

The Geological Disposal Programme Board (GDPB) clarifies and strengthens governance of the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme.

Role of the Board

Government is committed to geological disposal of higher-activity radioactive waste, coupled with safe and secure interim storage and a geological disposal facility siting process based on partnership working with willing communities.

The primary role of the GDPB is to ensure the successful implementation of the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Programme in line with government policy on the long-term management of higher-activity radioactive waste in England and Wales. It meets approximately every 8 weeks.

The Geological Disposal Programme Board (GDPB) replaced the Geological Disposal Steering Group (GDSG) in March 2014. Information on the GDSG is available on the National Archive.

Membership

GDPB meetings are chaired by BEIS and involve officials from BEIS, the Welsh government, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) responsible for implementing government policy on the long-term management of nuclear waste, and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM) as the government’s delivery body for a GDF. Officials from other government departments and representatives from our independent regulatory bodies attend meetings as required.

The Chair of the independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) attends GDPB as an observer.

Geological Disposal Strategic Co-ordination Group (GDSCG)

GDPB is supported by the Geological Disposal Strategic Co-ordination Group (GDSCG) consisting of officials from BEIS, NDA, RWM, Welsh government, HM Treasury, Ministry of Defence, Department of Communities and Local Government and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. Officials from our independent regulatory bodies also attend GDSCG to provide advice and comment on policy development where appropriate.

GDSCG ensures effective and timely policy design and implementation of the GDF Programme, ensuring key stakeholder views are considered along with interdependencies, risks and opportunities.

The Deputy Chair of the independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) attends GDSCG as an observer.

Minutes

For previous minutes please go to the National Archives website

Terms of reference

Policies

Contact details

BEIScorrespondence@beis.gov.uk