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Geology and the safe disposal of
Radioactive Waste

26 October 2018
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Radioactive Waste Management Ltd
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) has developed a range of materials to explain the science behind the National Geological Screening exercise, which examined how geology can contribute to the safe disposal of radioactive waste. This event looked at the techniques involved and the explanatory materials developed.

The full results of the NGS will be published at the launch of the next phase of the GDF programme, namely community engagement and information provision.

The event is aimed at professional geoscientists, but is open to all.

The morning session of the event on 26 October was chaired by Nic Bilham, University of Exeter.

Background to the event

National Geological Screening is one of the initial actions set out in the Government’s White Paper, Implementing Geological Disposal. RWM is the designated public sector developer for a geological disposal facility (GDF) in the UK.

The Geological Society hosted a meeting on geological screening shortly after the publication of the White Paper in 2014.

For more details on geological disposal, visit the RWM website at

Talks from the event

Context and process, including the role of the Independent Review Panel – Bruce Cairns RWM

Geological attributes – Fiona McEvoy  British Geological Survey (BGS)

Relevance to safety – Andy Parkes RWM 

Making the outputs accessible (inc. generic videos) – Jonathan Turner RWM 

BGS 3D Visualisation Block Models – Katie Whitbread BGS 

RWM Filming  Radioactive Waste Management filming