Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) - about us

Who, what, why and where

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is a public organisation established by government and responsible for planning and delivering geological disposal in the UK.

We collaborate with scientists around the world on multi-million pound research programmes, sharing the latest scientific advances and best practice. We also work with the producers of radioactive waste to find ways to package it that are suitable for disposal in a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).

Our vision is to create a safer future by managing radioactive waste effectively, to protect people and the environment.

30 years of scientific research and development

The RWM team includes scientists and engineers with over 30 years’ experience in carrying out research and development to support geological disposal, supported by community engagement specialists.

Our organisation is a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), a public sector organisation tasked by the UK government with the safe and efficient clean-up of Britain’s civil nuclear legacy.

Independent scrutiny

Our work is regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the following agencies:

It is also scrutinised by an independent body set up by the government, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, (CoRWM).

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To better understand our mission and what we do, watch our company video below.

Road to Delivery

Published 25 January 2018