U.K. launches new radioactive waste management organization

February 1, 2022, 7:35AMRadwaste Solutions

The government of the United Kingdom on January 31 announced the launch of Nuclear Waste Services. The new organization brings together site operator Low Level Waste Repository Limited, geological disposal facility developer Radioactive Waste Management Limited, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) Integrated Waste Management Program.

According to the U.K. government, Nuclear Waste Services will maintain current commitments to the Low-Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria, the geological disposal facility program, and the communities involved with both, while also creating a business with the capability to manage U.K. nuclear waste “safely and securely for generations to come.”

The NDA announced in January 2021 its intention to create a single waste division to bring together its waste management expertise, “enabling us to grow capability, simplify how we operate, and deliver greater value for the taxpayer.” The NDA is responsible for the management, decommissioning, and cleanup of 17 nuclear sites across the United Kingdom. Nuclear Waste Services will oversee the NDA’s integrated waste program.

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Leadership: Nuclear Waste Services will be led by chief executive officer Corhyn Parr, formerly the NDA’s director of integrated waste, and board chair Adriènne Kelbie.

“Our new organization brings together a huge amount of expertise and capability in dealing with radioactive waste across the U.K.,” Parr said. “By working more closely together, we can enable better decision-making and help identify opportunities that can deliver wider benefits, like earlier risk reduction at decommissioning sites or greater efficiency and lower costs to the taxpayer.”

Nuclear Waste Services’ portfolio includes major capital programs, including the development of a geological disposal facility, waste operations and services, and the NDA’s integrated waste management program.


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