Written statement to Parliament

Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: Call for evidence on the siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Statement by Edward Davey

The Rt Hon Edward Davey

The Government remains committed to geological disposal as the right policy for the long-term, safe and secure management of higher-activity radioactive waste. For the reasons I gave in my Written Ministerial Statement of 31 January 2013 I remain confident that the objective of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) programme is sound and will be put into effect, and that a site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) will be found.

Further to my previous statement, I can now confirm that the Government will today launch a Call for Evidence on the site selection process of the Managing Radioactive Safely (MRWS) programme. The evidence provided in response to this call will inform a public consultation later this year.

The invitation remains open for communities to come forward and express an interest, without commitment, in the site selection process for a GDF.

Call for evidence

Published 13 May 2013