UK Nuclear Waste Management Ltd, an AECOM-led consortium, operates the United Kingdom’s national low level and intermediate waste repository in northern England. The facility is one of 19 sites owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The scope of work focuses on managing the national Low Level Waste Repository, maintaining its future capacity, and overseeing the UK National Low Level Waste Programme to ensure that lower activity waste is managed effectively. In addition, the British government has tasked AECOM and its partners to develop a UK-wide low-level waste strategy.
The safe disposal of waste is a vital part of any industrial or decommissioning process. AECOM ensures that low level radioactive waste generated in the UK is disposed of in a way that protects people and the environment. Established in 1959, the site has safely disposed of the nation’s low level waste for more than 50 years. The waste is disposed of in engineered concrete vaults and, where possible, the waste is treated, containerized, and grouted before placement in the vault. More than £100 million has been invested in the infrastructure of the site over the past decade to maintain the facility as an important asset for the UK.