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Working Group area – understanding the potential

A GDF has to be built deep underground, in solid rock. The rock along with several other engineered barriers plays an important part in keeping people and the environment safe while the waste naturally becomes less radioactive. The Working Group is looking to identify areas in Copeland that Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) could investigate as part of the Community Partnership.

RWM will study any proposed areas to see if a GDF could safely be built there.

No areas which fall within the Lake District National Park or 2019 extension proposal will be considered.

The Working Group has yet to announce the Search Area. This page will be updated when that has taken place.

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As part of the process to identify a suitable site for a GDF within a willing community, RWM has undertaken initial discussions with four interested parties, which each proposed an area of interest in Copeland. RWM carried out initial evaluations for each area proposed to determine if they have any potential to host a GDF. For a description of GDF siting terms, read here.

The results of these evaluations are available below

RWM has concluded there may be potential to host a GDF in all of the proposed areas of interest. Therefore, both RWM and all interested parties have agreed to open discussion more widely in the community and formed the Copeland GDF Working Group.

The Copeland GDF Working Group will initially consider the whole of the Borough of Copeland and adjacent inshore area up to 22km from the coastline, with the exclusion of the area within the boundary of the Lake District National Park and any future extension. In time, the Working Group will propose an area for further investigation.

Copeland’s geology

Most of the area the Copeland GDF Working Group will initially consider is discussed in the Northern England subregion 4 section of the National Geological Screening for a GDF.

Click on the links for more information.

Northern England subregion 3

Northern England subregion 4

Initial Evaluation Reports


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