GMF engaged in EURAD research

GMF’s Vice President Phil Matthews has been selected as a member of the Civil Society (CS) group for a major European research programme on nuclear waste management.

EURAD (European Joint Research Programme on Radioactive Waste Management) will run for 5 years and involve waste management organisations, research institutions and technical support bodies from across the continent. It covers the disposal of all types of radioactive waste but has a focus on deep geological repositories. The programme has a number of research themes covering different aspects of geological disposal and wider waste management, including geoscience, the design of geological disposal facilities and the safety case for disposal. It is intended that this work will help support and inform national radioactive waste management programmes across the EU and beyond.

The views of wider society are critical to the success of any radioactive waste management (RWM) programme, and a CS group has been established to comment on and inform the various research themes. This group includes representatives of pan-European and national associations as well as local stakeholder groups drawn from both eastern and western Europe. Phil is participating on behalf of GMF Europe and also NuLeAF.

The initial meetings of the CS group were held in early May 2020 via videoconference. They provided an overview of the work programme and information on two EURAD projects of particular relevance: UMAN, which is looking at how uncertainty is managed within RWM programmes; and ROUTES, which is considering the management of waste disposal routes. It is hoped that the CS group will meet annually until 2024, and that face-to-face meetings will be possible once the current Covid crisis has lessened.

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