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New radioactive waste chair appointed

Professor Laurence Williams has been appointed as chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

Williams, currently Professor of nuclear safety at the University of Central Lancashire, will take up the post in November 2012, for a period of four years.

Williams has a held several senior posts in the field of nuclear regulation, including the Government’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations from 1998 to 2005.

He will replace Robert Pickard who has held the position for the last four-and-a-half years.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “Professor Williams brings a wealth of experience in the nuclear industry, particularly in regulation.

“This makes him extremely well-placed to lead CoRWM as the committee takes forward the vital role of scrutinising and advising Government on its radioactive waste management policy.

Alongside this appointment, the Department of Energy and Climate Change published its 2011/12 annual report to Parliament on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme.

DECC said: “The report shows that that steady progress is being made in managing the implementation of geological disposal, working within the underpinning principles of voluntarism and partnership with local communities.”

Read the report here: Annual Report on the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme [External link]

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