Buclear Waste should be disposed of in a deep underground repository, government advisers will recommend later this month.
Chairman of the government-appointed Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CORWM), Gordon McKerron, said last week that deep geological disposal is the only viable option for dealing with the UK's 500,000m3 of intermediate level nuclear waste.McKerron was speaking at NCE's nuclear decommissioning conference in London.The option is CORWM's preferred scheme from a shortlist of three. 'We have considered a shortlist of three waste management options - interim storage of up to 300 years, geological disposal in a repository between 300m and 1,000m deep, and phased geological disposal.'This last option would be designed to remain open for up to several hundred years, enabling monitoring and possible retrieval of waste.'However CORWM will recommend that the waste is buried and immediately sealed over in order to minimise future risk, McKerron said.CORWM is due to publish its final report on 31 July.Related links:Today's top stories