About us

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

Who we are

CoRWM has 11 members, who are experts in different aspects of radioactive waste management.

Members are appointed by, and report to ministers from:

  • Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
  • the Scottish government
  • the Welsh government
  • Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland

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. The Committee comply with the CoRWM Framework Document, published in 2020, which sets out the broad framework in which CoRWM operates.


Scope of our work

CoRWM is sponsored by:

The purpose of the Committee is:

  • to give independent advice, based upon its remit and utilising the skills and expertise of its members
  • to provide informed scrutiny of the available evidence to UK government and devolved administration ministers on the management of radioactive waste, arising from civil and, where relevant, defence nuclear programmes, including storage and disposal

CoRWM’s objectives

CoRWM’s objectives are to provide independent evidence-based advice:

  • to ministers of the UK government and devolved administrations, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) on proposals, plans and programmes to deliver geological disposal, together with robust interim storage, for the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste
  • on other radioactive waste management issues as requested by sponsor ministers, including advice requested by the Scottish Government in relation to its policy for the management of radioactive wastes

In fulfilling its remit to provide independent and evidence-based advice, CoRWM is expected to maintain an independent overview of issues relevant to the delivery of UK government and devolved administrations’ radioactive waste management programmes. It should bring to the attention of sponsor ministers issues that it considers to be:

a) positive and worthy of note, or
b) concerns that, in the Committee’s opinion, need to be addressed.

CoRWM video

CoRWM has produced a short video about engaging with communities on geological disposal:

Watch the video

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)

A transcript is available:

CoRWM: Geological disposal - transcript of film (PDF, 176 KB, 2 pages)

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