(Title Image: Radioactive Waste Management/UK Government)
Following a public consultation, the Welsh Government has announced a new policy which would give communities the opportunity to put their area forward to host a “geological disposal facility” (GDF) for radiological waste. “Geological disposal” is shorthand for storing the waste underground in sealed vaults and tunnels.
The Welsh Government supports geological disposal as the long-term solution for dealing with nuclear waste, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a facility would be located in Wales.
“The Welsh Government has not identified any potential sites or communities to host a GDF in Wales nor will it do so. Our policy is very clear, a GDF can only be sited in Wales if a community is willing to host it.”
– Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths (Lab, Wrexham)
Communities which are willing to put themselves forward to host a facility would be eligible for up to an additional £2.5million a year in community investment funding and it’s expected that a disposal facility would provide jobs for at least 100 years.
The process for selecting, funding and building a geological disposal facility rests with the UK Government via its Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) agency – more details are available here.