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The Independent Review Panel

Meeting the Independent Review Panel to discuss our draft National Geological Screening guidance document.

The Independent Review Panel, set up to assess the draft National Geological Screening (NGS) guidance, has invited us to discuss the document with them at the British Academy in London in June.

The panel has been set up by the Geological Society of London on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change to assess our draft national geological screening guidance. Independent expert review of the guidance is a key step in building public confidence in national geological screening.

The meeting on 23 June is being held in public, so individuals and organisations are welcome to attend, but will need to pre-register. The meeting will also be available on live video-streaming for those unable to attend in person. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to pose questions to the participants immediately following the formal discussions.

The guidance will provide an approach for bringing together geological information, compiled from existing national data sets, that is relevant to the safety of a geological disposal facility (GDF). Screening is not designed to rule areas ‘in’ or ‘out’, but will provide high level and authoritative information for 13 regions of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This will be used in our discussions with communities from 2017 onwards, when the formal engagement and siting process begins.