Managing risks

The defence in depth approach will mitigate all credible scenarios that could result in the release of harmful materials into the environment.

No detectable radiation will come from the site. Low-level waste will be disposed within multiple layers of concrete.

The materials are initially sorted, assessed and packaged inside 200 litre metal drums and then compressed.

These compressed packages will be placed inside larger metal drums and concreted to ensure immobility. These drums will then be placed into a concrete storage cell for transport to the facility.

Each container will then be placed into a larger concrete disposal vault, as seen in the following video showing what the facility might look like.

Once a layer in each vault is completed a concrete grout is applied to ensure it remains impermeable.

Man moving drums with machine

Reprocessed intermediate waste is safely stored behind multiple layers as well. The waste residue is first immobilised through glass vitrification.

This material is poured into high integrity welded stainless steel canisters. These canisters are then placed within protective copper baskets.

Security and further shielding is provided by Type B forged steel TN81 transport and storage containers with neutron and gamma shielding built in.

These containers are internationally approved and manufactured under the strictest quality assurance and oversight.