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The UK Government’s approach to managing higher activity waste in the long term is through geological disposal (preceded by safe and secure interim storage). In responding to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s report ‘Radioactive Waste Management: a Further update’ in November 2010, DECC committed to producing an annual report to Parliament on the progress being made towards delivering a geological disposal facility (GDF).
This is the third annual report. It provides a summary of recent experiences of the siting process for a GDF in west Cumbria and Shepway, looks forward to the review of the siting process and a consultation later in the year, and outlines developments in geological disposal programmes abroad.