Geological disposal

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is responsible for planning and delivering geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK.

Our vision is to create a safer future by managing radioactive waste effectively, to protect people and the environment.

Read our stories about the progress we’re making, as scientists, engineers and community engagement specialists work together to deliver the first Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in the UK.

Making a case for the safety of a Geological Disposal Facility

Lucy Bailey is a chartered physicist working for Radioactive Waste Management, and it’s her job to show that a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) will not cause any harm to people or the environment. Geological disposal involves isolating and containing radioactive waste in sealed vaults and tunnels deep underground, between 200 m and 1000 m below the surface. This prevents radioactivity from ever reaching the surface in levels that could cause harm.