Geological disposal involves placing packaged radioactive wastes deep within a suitable rock formation. The packaging and the surrounding geology provides long-term protection against the escape of radioactivity and by isolating the waste from effects at the surface such as climate change.

Our research combines with RWM’s work to identify and develop a sub-programme of university-based research and development projects (spanning multiple institutions) that addresses the needs of RWM’s Technical Programme. We derive our knowledge from filling gaps and uncertainties relevant to the Disposal System Safety Case, design development and site characterisation.

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Geological Disposal

Learn more about the UK’s mission to deal with radioactive waste.

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