Radioactive waste—geological disposal facilities
Produced in partnership with Paul Butcher of Herbert Smith Freehills
Radioactive waste—geological disposal facilities

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Paul Butcher of Herbert Smith Freehills provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Radioactive waste—geological disposal facilities
  • Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector
  • Introduction—current status of nuclear disposal in the UK
  • Governance of the GDF
  • Primary legislation
  • Secondary legislation

Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector

This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. For further reading, see Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect the Great Britain’s (GB) membership of Euratom and the nuclear sector as a whole, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit-Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector, which details the background to the Euratom Treaty and the evolving position on the UK’s exit from the Euratom Community as a corollary of Brexit. It includes discussion of Brexit and nuclear research and investment, Brexit and nuclear health and safety standards, Brexit and supply of nuclear fuel, Brexit and nuclear safeguards, Brexit and the nuclear common market, and Brexit and nuclear international agreements. It also discusses the Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018, the Nuclear Safeguards Regulations, and the government’s Brexit White Paper of 12 July 2018.

Introduction—current status of nuclear disposal in the UK

Geological disposal is the process of burying radioactive waste deep within a