Issue details

DECC Consultation Review of the Siting Process for a Geological Disposal Facility

The purpose of DECC’s consultation is to gather views on how aspects of the siting process for a geological disposal facility (GDF) for higher activity radioactive waste could be revised and improved.  The Government continues to believe that geological disposal is the right policy for the long-term management of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste.  It also believes that an approach based upon voluntarism is the best way forward. 

Building on experience to date, and a public Call for Evidence in early 2013, the Government has recognised that there are ways in which the current siting process for a GDF (as set out in the 2008 Managing Radioactive Waste Safely White Paper) could be improved, in order to help communities to engage in it with more confidence and, ultimately, to help deliver a GDF.  Cabinet is invited to consider and endorse a draft response to this consultation.


Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/09/2013

Decision due: 21 Nov 2013 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property

Lead director: Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure

Contact: Jim Savege, Corporate Director - Environment and Community Services The Courts, Carlisle CA3 8NA Email: Tel: 01228 226340.


Colleagues from Planning, Economic Development and Legal have contributed to the draft response which also reflects discussions that took place with NuLeAF (the LGA’s special interest group on radioactive waste management and decommissioning)


Relevant Scrutiny Committee / Advisory Board: Communities & Place Scrutiny Advisory Board