Environmental management – corporate report

Inspection of Radioactive Waste Management Limited's (RWM) provision of disposability assessment and waste packaging advice

Joint report by the Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation following an inspection of RWM's disposal assessment and packaging advice for radioactive wastes.

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Inspection of Radioactive Waste Management Limited's provision of disposability assessment and waste packaging advice

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The Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation will regulate the development, construction, operation and closure of any future geological disposal facility for radioactive waste in England.

Prior to any formal applications to develop or operate a geological disposal facility, the regulators are providing oversight of RWM’s work through a technical and organisational scrutiny programme.

The regulators completed an inspection of RWM’s process of disposability assessment in 2013. RWM operates this process to minimise the risk that the conditioning and packaging of higher activity wastes now, will result in packages incompatible with geological disposal in the future.

The regulators published an inspection report in December 2013 stating how well RWM’s arrangements for disposability assessment and the provision of advice are functioning. They also highlighted areas of good practice and identified areas in the process and operation which could be improved.

This report summarises the findings of a series of meetings at waste producer sites to assess how well they are interacting with RWM and what value they place on the advice provided to them.