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VIRTUAL EVENT - Western Regional Group: The saga of UK radioactive waste disposal

Date:
20 October 2020
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Event type:
Evening meeting, Lecture, Regional Group, Virtual event
Organised by:
Western Regional Group
Venue:
Virtual event
Event status:
EVENT CLOSED

The UK has a small mountain of radioactive waste that is stored at many locations around the country. This is the legacy of almost 100 years’ exploitation of nuclear technology in research, medicine, weapons and electricity production.

Some of this waste will remain dangerous for millennia. Even if we were to stop producing it, the legacy of past years would still need to be safely managed to prevent its being a danger to the public. 

But what to do? Do we continue to store it and, by so doing, pass on the burden of care to future generations? Or do we seek a permanent solution and thereby honour both intergenerational equity and the “polluter pays” maxim?

The talk outlines the fundamental science that underpins geological disposal, the development, over the past half-century, of UK radioactive waste management policy, the several failed attempts to implement geological disposal, and the current campaign to find and implement a permanent solution.

The talk will begin at 6.30pm.

Speaker

Dr Ian Crossland, Specialist Consultant in Radioactive Waste Management

Dr Ian Crossland is a nuclear specialist with more than 50 years’ experience of the nuclear industry. For the past 30 years he has specialised in radioactive waste management with a particular interest in disposal. He has first-hand experience of the rollercoaster ride produced by the many swings of UK policy in this area.

Registration

Registration is open now via Zoom.

Venue

This event will be virtual.

Contact

Please contact the Western Regional Group via westernregionalgroup@gmail.com with any enquiries.