An extensive review of low level waste (LLW) management practices was carried out for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2008, published as the LLW strategic review in January 2009 and made publicly available on the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) website. This review considered all aspects of LLW management including disposal infrastructure.
The strategic review fully recognised that, without improvements in application of the waste hierarchy to avoid waste creation and promote recycling, volume reduction, better waste segregation and use of more appropriate waste disposal routes, the LLWR in Cumbria (which has in the past been the default destination for much LLW) will not provide the capacity required to manage the whole of the UK's projected inventory of LLW. A significant opportunity is to preserve capacity at LLWR for those wastes that require the levels of safety and environmental protection provided by the facility, and to develop better waste segregation and alternative disposal capacity for lower hazard LLW and very low level waste.
A revision of the LLW strategic review is currently underway and will be published in the next few months.