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Geology focus for Copeland GDF Working Group webinars

May 10, 2021

Geology will be the focus for the next online events from the Copeland GDF Working Group.

After listening to local feedback – geology is a subject which people have questions around in relation to what a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher activity radioactive waste could mean for Copeland.

These latest online events will be held on Thursday, May 27, 11.30am-1pm or 6.30pm-8pm. Please register here.

The webinars will involve discussion groups, opportunity for questions and will include members of the Working Group, Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), regulators the Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and independent geologists from the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Working Group Chair Mark Cullinan said: “Geology is a topic which often comes up locally and therefore we wanted it to be a focus for these events to allow people to hear from experts and to ask their own questions.

“We plan to break out into smaller groups to allow more in-depth discussion to take place during the 90-minute sessions. Do register to learn more, ask your questions and give your views.”

The webinar will examine different aspects of the geology in Copeland including from a historical perspective; the suitability of the geology found in Copeland for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) and also the safety of a future GDF.

As part of the process to find a site for a GDF in England or Wales, a Working Group was formed in Copeland last November. It has three main tasks – begin to understand community issues, examine any concerns and questions the public has about a GDF; identify a search area or areas within Copeland and recruit initial members for a Community Partnership which could take that work forward.

The Working Group is available to speak to groups, help to answer questions and provide information. Please get in touch by email.

or telephone 0300 369 0000. For further information, you can also sign up for a monthly newsletter and please also visit the virtual exhibition on our get involved page.