Report highlights safety record, GDF progress, innovations, and savings.

Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) was formed in January 2022 for the safe, secure, and sustainable management of nuclear waste.

NWS is part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group and brings together the expertise of LLWR, which manages the LLW Repository Site in West Cumbria and associated range of services, RWM, which is responsible for delivering the GDF Programme, and the NDA’s Integrated Waste Management Programme, which looks across all activities and explores innovative approaches to managing nuclear waste.

We specialise in managing and disposing of radioactive waste produced from the nuclear technologies that have been part of our lives for more than 60 years – and our expertise spans many areas such as nuclear science, engineering, and community engagement.

The NWS Annual Review, published today, explains our organisational transition and development of NWS, alongside significant successes over the past year (1 April 2021-31 March 2022), including:

  • An outstanding safety record – with zero reportable incidents at the LLW Repository Site throughout a very busy Covid impacted year.
  • Real progress in the search for a suitable site and a willing community for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) – with four search areas and community engagement in different parts of the country.
  • Achieving multi-million pound savings through innovative management of nuclear waste, such as the treatment of plutonium-contaminated materials.

NWS CEO Corhyn Parr said:

  • This year NWS has formed to safely manage the UK’s nuclear waste innovatively and sustainably – and we’ve also seen some extraordinary successes. I’m particularly proud of our safety record and our active engagement with four communities about hosting a GDF.
  • Looking ahead, I’m looking forward to cementing our organisation as one team and working collaboratively with governments, partners in the supply chain, and community stakeholders to assess how we can make Britain safe, sooner.
  • Our expert, holistic, and integrated view of waste management will help ensure that we put the right waste, in the right place, and at the right cost.

The Annual Review also sets out our plans for the next few years. With a focus on delivery, we’ll progress our transformation, turning NWS into an organisation that continues to deliver now while building a new future.

Alongside the main Annual Review, a summary version has also been produced. Both documents are available in printed and online formats.

The online formats can be accessed below:

NWS Annual Review 2021-22

NWS Annual Review 2021-22 Summary