Wasteforms and Decommissioning


  • On-going decommissioning programme
  • Well respected and flexible regulators
  • Good capability in cementation and novel wasteforms
  • Growing university involvement
  • National facilities (DIAMOND/ISIS)
  • Robotics (decomm)
  • Some waste characterisation (ex situ)


  • Lack of active capability and access to “National” Lab
  • “Recycled” research outside universities
  • Waste characterisation (in situ)
  • Lack of engagement internationally (low profile), limited UK industry involvement in EU programmes
  • Conservatism of Site Licence Companies
  • Small, fragmented capability
  • Lack of long-term strategic thinking/coordination
  • Need for more fundamental understanding as well as needs driven


  • Range of UK wastes and large volume
  • Growing university involvement
  • To develop coordinated decontamination and waste R&D strategy
  • Knowledge transfer (e.g. from military, oil/gas)
  • To participate in global programmes
  • To accelerate hazard reduction at Sellafield Legacy Ponds and Silos
  • Re-engage universities and SLCs
  • Clean-up/decom business overseas


  • Isolation from international community (French dominate EU)
  • No repository (GDF)
  • Lack of finance
  • RCUK – lack of support of PhDs
  • Need for very long term training/skills
  • Lack of coordinated strategy
  • Universities compete rather than cooperate

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