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13.10.2011 Trevor Jones, The Role Of The Geologist In Radioactive Waste Disposal


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13.10.2011 Trevor Jones, The Role Of The Geologist In Radioactive Waste Disposal

  1. 1. North West Regional Group Meeting Thursday 13th October 2011“The role of the geologist in radioactive waste disposal”Dr. Trevor Jones, Managing Director, AdvanSci Limited Radioactive wastes have been generated as a by-product Dr Trevor Jones, Managing Director, AdvanSci of industrial processes for over a century, but Limited - Trevor Jones is a Chartered Geologist with an regulations governing disposal were not introduced in engineering, wastes, contaminated land and the UK until 1963, more than a decade after the advent environmental management background and 26 years’ of military reactors and the early civil nuclear power wide-ranging consultancy experience. He held senior programme. The disposal of radioactive wastes is positions with Atkins and Dames & Moore/URS before essential for numerous non-nuclear managing the consultancy business industries as well as the nuclear of RWE Nukem (now Nuvia) at sector, and is publicly very Sellafield. He was subsequently emotive. responsible for the development of business related to the planning All currently acceptable forms of and authorisation of facilities for disposal rely on natural or artificial the treatment and disposal of Low geological barriers for safety, and and Very Low Level radioactive geologists have a vital role in the wastes, including permit design, construction and applications by three landfills. He environmental safety assessment of established AdvanSci in January disposal facilities. The presentation 2011 to provide specialist will show examples of historical consultancy services in radioactive disposal practices, including the waste management, contaminated Dounreay Shaft and Sellafield land and nuclear decommissioning, B291, then describe the political and is currently a member of background which led to the Scottish Government’s Project collapse of the original NIREX Board developing the UK strategy programme and the Government’s for managing wastes containing adoption of the current process to Naturally Occurring Radioactive identify a solution for the long- Materials (NORM). term management of the UK’s highest activity radioactive wastes. ©Image copyright Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and NDA The current policies and regulatory requirements for the authorisation of radioactive waste disposal facilities will The University of Manchester, be described, with reference to the recent Environmental Safety Case submission for the national Low Level Williamson Building, Lecture Theatre Waste Repository. The unforeseen difficulties faced by Thursday 13rd October 2011, 6.30 pm the first applicants seeking authorisation to dispose of The Williamson Building is located on Oxford Road at Very Low and Low Level Waste in near-surface facilities the corner with Brunswick Street, postcode M13 9PL. will also be described, including planning issues and the Government’s interpretation of European legislation. Organised by the North West Regional Group of the Geological Society of London. Finally, the presentation will describe recent developments in UK radioactive waste policy and legislation, and review challenges facing those who produce and seek to dispose of radioactive wastes, CPD: These events may be considered for contributing to a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as including fundamental changes to the system of part of personal development. Delegates should check their Exemption Orders and convergence of the non- individual scheme requirements. radioactive and radioactive waste management regimes. The Geological Society of London is a registered charity No 210161