About us

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) provides independent scrutiny and advice to the UK governments on the long-term management of higher activity radioactive wastes.

Who we are

We have 12 members, who are experts in different aspects of radioactive waste management

Members are appointed by, and report to ministers from:

  • Department for Energy & Climate Change
  • the Scottish government
  • the Welsh government
  • Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland

Their appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. Any appointees’ political activity must be made public. None of the appointed members have declared any political activity.


We are responsible for:

  • providing independent scrutiny of and advice to ministers on their plans and programmes for the long term management of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste (in England and Wales long term management includes geological disposal together with robust interim storage)
  • scrutinising and providing advice to Scottish government ministers on their programme for managing higher activity radioactive waste in Scotland
  • maintaining an independent overview of issues relevant to the government’s delivery of its radioactive waste programmes
  • bringing any issues that we consider to be worthy of note or of concern to the attention of ministers


In 2015 and 2016, our priorities will be to:

  • to provide advice to DECC on the Work Packages arising from the White Paper “Implementing Geological Disposal”. Focusing on National Geological Screening; Working with Communities; National Land Use Planning; Developer Led Communications and Engagement and Providing ONR with legal vires to licence a GDF
  • to provide advice to the Welsh Government on its Review of Radioactive Waste Policy in respect of HAW
  • to provide advice to the Scottish Government on its Radioactive Waste Management Strategy
  • interim Surface Storage of HAW Radioactive Wastes, Spent Fuel and Nuclear Materials
  • to provide advice to DECC and other Sponsors on RWM’s development of the GDF Safety Case
  • to engage in CoRWM Outreach

Read about our Proposed Work Plan 2015-18

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