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2 August 2006 PR 06/92

Loughborough University workshop to deliver technical solutions on nuclear waste

The UK’s leading scientists and engineers will meet at Loughborough University later this year to discuss the long-term management of the country’s nuclear waste.

A report released on Monday (July 31) by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) concluded that deep geological disposal is the appropriate long-term management option for the UK’s radioactive waste.

Britain’s top Learned Societies and Professional Institutions have welcomed the report and agree that this is the best option. However they believe there is a need for a multi-disciplinary approach from the various disciplines involved in nuclear waste management to address the recommendations made by CoRWM, and to provide further suggestions on the following:

• What are the best options for interim nuclear waste storage
• What form does nuclear waste need to be in for disposal
• What is the best design for a repository and how do you engineer it
• What geological, chemical and physical questions need to be answered
• What happens to nuclear waste in a repository and how can it be monitored
• What can we learn from other countries

The workshop at Loughborough University, entitled ‘UK Long-Term Nuclear Waste Management: Next steps’ on November 6 - 7 2006, is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry. It will address the above questions with the aim of providing key policy and decision makers with a set of actionable recommendations representing the UK scientific consensus.

For further information about the workshop contact Nick Evans by emailing N.D.M.Evans@lboro.ac.uk

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  1. The technical organising committee includes Loughborough University, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Geological Society, the Energy Institute, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Society, Dalton Nuclear Institute, British Geological Survey, UK Nirex, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UKAEA, the Environment Agency, British Nuclear Group, the Health and Safety Executive Nuclear Safety Directorate, the Ministry of Defence and Safegrounds
  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996..

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