Hi all, as stated in the thread title, I am attending a meeting tomorrow to discuss proposed plans for a geological repository in my home county (West
The meeting is designed to find out public opinion on the matter and I am putting together notes and questions to put forward to the developers.
Basically, they want to dig an underground storage facility for all the UK's nuclear waste, and West Cumbria is (in their opinion) the best place as
70% of the waste is already here at the Sellafield reprocessing plant.
If you live in the UK and have an opinion, or can recommend a question that I can ask, please feel free to leave it here and I will include it in my
notes, even if you live outside the UK, any questions you can recommend will be useful and appreciated.
I am personally against the idea, however I am going with an open mind, and hopefully I, with your help, can make a decent contribution to the
As I am currently trying to get my notes together (just gone midnight, meeting is at 9:45am), I might not repsond to this until I get back from the
meeting tomorrow, however, I will be checking for replies and I will print a copy of the thread to take with me in the morning.
So thanks for and help and input, and I will let you know how it went.
Here is a link to the local council website which tells a little about what it is:
In case it isn't available outside the UK here is a quote:
A Geological Repository is an engineered underground containment facility or ‘geological disposal facility’, which is designed in such a way that
natural and man-made barriers work together to prevent and/or minimise the escape of radioactivity. It is inevitable that some radioactivity from the
facility will eventually reach the surface. But the disposal facility is designed to ensure that this will not happen for many thousands of years, and
even then only in quantities that are insignificant compared to the levels of radioactivity all around us in the environment from natural background
sources. At this early stage in the process it is not possible to specify exactly what a geological disposal facility will look like. The detailed
layout and design of the basic geological disposal facility, both above and below ground, will be tailored to the waste inventory for disposal and the
geography and specific geological characteristics at the site in question. The dimensions of the underground areas of a geological disposal
facility will be determined by the exact inventory for disposal, the properties of the host rock and the geometry of features within it. Nevertheless
indicative geological disposal facility dimensions have been estimated for an inventory similar to the ‘CoRWM baseline’. Those estimates indicate
that the underground area of host rock required (i.e. the ‘footprint’) for an Intermediate level waste/low level waste disposal facility would be
of the order of 1km², and for a HLW and spent fuel disposal facility (assuming that the latter were treated as a waste) would be of the order of
3km². In practice it may be possible to build a geological disposal facility over a smaller area, by building deposition tunnels or vaults on
different levels. This would however depend on the geology of the site.
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