An Independent Review Panel (IRP) has been set up by the Geological Society of London on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change to assess draft national geological screening guidance developed by RWM. Independent expert review of the guidance is a key step in building public confidence in national geological screening.
The Independent Review Panel, set up to assess the draft National Geological Screening (NGS) guidance, invited RWM to discuss the document with them at the British Academy in London.
The meeting on 23 June was held in public, so individuals and organisations were welcome to attend and Cumbria Trust was represented. The meeting was also available on live video-streaming for those unable to attend in person. Members of the public were be given the opportunity to pose questions to the participants immediately following the discussion between the IRP and RWM.
“The guidance will provide an approach for bringing together geological information, compiled from existing national data sets, that is relevant to the safety of a geological disposal facility (GDF). Screening is not designed to rule areas ‘in’ or ‘out’, but will provide high level and authoritative information for 13 regions of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This will be used in RWM’s discussions with communities from 2017 onwards, when the formal engagement and siting process begins.” – NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority)