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News from NWS: EVENT RESCHEDULED – GDF drop-in event at Beacon Portal, Whitehaven 

May 29, 2024

Water and boats in a harbourside

The event is being held in Whitehaven

Please note, this event has been rescheduled from Saturday 1 June to Saturday 28 September 2024.

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) is holding a drop-in event in Whitehaven to continue the conversation about what a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) could mean locally.

The team from NWS will be at The Beacon Portal, Whitehaven, on Saturday 28 September, 10am – 3pm.

NWS has been engaging with Copeland communities about the potential for hosting a GDF to dispose of the UK’s most radioactive waste. A GDF is an underground facility designed to safely and securely dispose of higher activity radioactive waste deep underground.

Deep geology beyond the coast is being considered for siting the underground elements of a GDF in Copeland. This means a surface facility on, or near, the coast would provide access to a disposal area deep in rock beyond the coast.

NWS is part of the Mid and South Copeland Community Partnerships which also include representatives from the local authority, local organisations and members of the community. A Community Partnership helps the community understand the impact and benefits of hosting one of the country’s biggest environmental protection programmes.

Simon Hughes, Siting and Communities Director for NWS, said:

“We want to know what people think about potentially having a GDF in the area. We are looking forward to listening to people’s thoughts about a GDF and answering their questions.

“A GDF is a major, critically important multi-billion-pound national infrastructure project to safely and securely dispose of higher activity radioactive waste deep underground. It would bring very significant economic opportunities and thousands of jobs to the area which eventually hosts it.

“At some stage the community could be asked to decide whether they would like a GDF in their area, so it’s important that everyone with an interest has the opportunity to learn about the project and make an informed decision.”

Construction will only start on a GDF when a suitable site has been identified, a Potential Host Community has confirmed its willingness to host the facility through a Test of Public Support, and all the necessary consents and permits have been obtained. This process could take between 10 – 15 years.