Our governance

Find out about the structure of CoRWM and read minutes of plenary and other meetings.

CoRWM is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB). It was established in 2003 and has a remit to provide independent scrutiny and advice to UK government and devolved administrations (DAs) on the long-term management of radioactive waste, including storage and geological disposal.

Membership

Our current members are:

We meet as required to discuss progress on our work programme and formulate advice. We also collate and evaluate evidence from a wide range of sources. We use our findings to advise the government and devolved administrations on the storage and disposal of higher activity radioactive waste (HAW). Reports of these meetings are published in line with our stakeholder engagement strategy.

We publish the minutes of our most recent meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are on The National Archives website.

CoRWM subgroups

Subgroup 1

Scrutiny of and advice to BEIS and RWM on activities related to implementation of ‘Working with communities’ (WWC) policy and related siting and engagement documents.

Responsibilities:

  • scrutiny and advice to BEIS, NDA and RWM on the development and implementation of the site evaluation
  • scrutiny and advice to BEIS, NDA and RWM on the implementation of the ‘Working with communities’ policy
  • scrutiny and advice to the Welsh Government on the implementation of the ‘Welsh working with communities’ policies
  • engagement with and provision of advice as requested to interested parties, working groups and community partnerships

Membership:

  • Penny Harvey (Chair)
  • Geraldine Thomas
  • Ray Kemp
  • Claire Corkhill

Subgroup 2

Scrutiny of and advice to BEIS and RWM on technical site evaluation criteria and plans for site investigation and characterisation.

Responsibilities:

  • scrutinise the application of the Site Evaluation and how appropriate it is for specific communities
  • examine RWM’s long-term planning and programme management initiatives. Provide feedback and informal advice by means of a written report

Membership:

  • Richard Shaw (Chair)
  • Mark Kirkbride
  • Neil Hyatt
  • Claire Corkhill

Subgroup 3

Scrutiny of and advice to BEIS and RWM on activities related to GDF licensing and the National Policy Statement (NPS)

Responsibilities:

  • maintain a watching brief on the actions following the publication and designation of the NPS
  • advise BEIS on activities associated with prescribing the disposal of radioactive waste as a licensable activity
  • review and advice of ‘Sector Guidance’ on in-situ disposal of low level waste through the mechanisms of the Planning Systems. In the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up, risks and hazards are comparable to those on non-nuclear industrial sites. There are aspects other than the radiological hazard to consider, such as noise and dust pollution, traffic and general disruption which should be considered as part of a planning application

Membership:

  • Stephen Tromans (Chair)
  • Andrew Walters
  • Ray Kemp
  • Derek Lacey

Subgroup 4

Scrutiny of and advice to the Scottish Government on the management of radioactive waste in Scotland.

Responsibilities:

  • meeting Higher Activity Waste Scotland Strategy Implementation – scrutinise Scottish Government progress against delivery of the implementation strategy. Represent committee at key working groups and provide advice as appropriate in consultation with Scottish Government, its agencies and other relevant stakeholders. Monitor and advise on Scottish implementation work programme and research developments
  • advice to Scottish Government on General HAW and IWM advice in Scotland. Provide advice on industry, government and NDA developments including research, the Magnox transition and Dounreay decommissioning programme
  • general radioactive waste management issues scrutiny and advice in relation to Scotland including research, stakeholder engagement and repatriation of overseas wastes ans waste substitution

Membership:

  • Campbell Gemmell (Chair)
  • Andrew Walters

Subgroup 5

Welsh Government activities.

Responsibilities:

  • scrutiny of and advice to the Welsh Government on the management of radioactive waste in Wales

Membership:

  • Geraldine Thomas (Chair)
  • Richard Shaw

Subgroup 6

Scrutiny of and advice to BEIS and NDA on the storage of radioactive waste, spent fuel and nuclear materials that may be destined for disposal, of potential changes in waste classification, and in development of alternative disposal methods including near surface disposal for some wastes and some suitable nuclear materials declared as waste.

Responsibilities:

  • work programme for a study of how near-surface disposal could be complementary to a GDF in response to a request from Joanna Whittington is currently being mapped out
  • ongoing scrutiny of end of the Magnox reprocessing programme, and of storage and potential disposal of spent fuel, uranics and plutonium
  • research (report) new possible methods of disposal and new borehole methods
  • monitoring and providing advice on NDA Integrated waste management developments including boundary, difficult wastes in Scotland and strategic direction

Membership:

  • Derek Lacey (Chair)
  • Neil Hyatt
  • Claire Corkhill

Subgroup 7

Task and finish group.

Responsibilities:

  • policy review and its implications

Membership:

  • Mark Kirkbride (Chair)
  • Stephen Tromans
  • Neil Hyatt
  • Andrew Walters
  • Ray Kemp

Page updated on 19 November 2019.