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Scientists and other authorities all over the world agree that a GDF is the safest way to deal with ‘higher-activity’ radioactive waste (the most radioactive kind) for the long term. This international consensus comes after decades of scientific research.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency will review the designs for a GDF, the proposed site, and the science that informs them, to make sure it protects people and the environment. A GDF will only be built if it can meet these criteria. You can find further help and advice on these independent  regulators’ websites:

Office for Nuclear Regulation

(ONR)the Environment Agency (EA).

You can also find information about the government’s independent advisors on radioactive waste management, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, (CoRWM).

What is a GDF?

There is international consensus that the safest permanent solution to manage higher activity radioactive waste is geological disposal, which involves putting the waste in a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) beneath several hundred metres of solid rock.

The benefits of a GDF

Having a GDF in the UK will create jobs and guaranteed investment for the host community.

A Geological Disposal Facility - 360 Version

Welcome to the future Take a trip 1km underground, several decades from now, to explore a Geological Disposal Facility

Further information

Please explore the documents below for further information on geological disposal.

Meeting Documents

Please download meeting minutes from the Copeland GDF Working Group and Mid Copeland GDF Community Partnership below

GDF, explained

Learn more about GDF via interactive e-learning modules