CoRWM: Draft recommendations for the management of radioactive waste

28 July 2006

In our response to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management's (CoRWM) draft recommendations, which they published in April 2006, we welcome their recommendation that geological disposal is the best available approach for the long-term management of radioactive waste and that a flexible long-term management strategy will require an interim storage period whilst geological disposal is developed. We hope that CoRWM's final report (due to be published in July 2006) contains a more detailed scientific and technical rationale to support its recommendations.

We believe that CoRWM's recommendations should be acted upon urgently and that an independent overseeing body should be set up to supervise the implementation of the recommendations. Such a body should have a much stronger science and engineering capacity. Finally, we welcome the continued need for public engagement.

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