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Making sense of geological disposal

This short guide provides a basic introduction to geological disposal: a permanent solution for managing radioactive waste.


Making sense of geological disposal

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Geological disposal uses both engineering and geology to isolate the waste and contain the radioactivity so that no harmful quantities of radioactivity reach people and the surface environment.

RWM is engaging in discussions to help build understanding of geological disposal and the process to identify a site for a UK geological disposal facility. This guide answers questions that we are frequently asked by our stakeholders and the public. It is a working document and will be updated from time to time.

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Published 4 July 2016
Last updated 10 February 2017 + show all updates
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