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Do We Still Need The Committee On Radio Active Waste Watchdog?

29th January 2015

A review of the committee that provides independent advice to the UK Government on the long-term management of radioactive waste has been announced.

It is the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), part of the government's commitment to ensuring non-departmental public bodies "continue to have regular independent challenge".

The CoRWM also provides independent scrutiny on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's proposals and programmes for geological disposal, storage and long-term management solution for nuclear waste in the UK.

Baroness Verma, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said: "The review will examine whether there is a continuing need for CoRWM's function and its form and whether it should continue to exist at arm’s length from government.

"If there is evidence of a continued need for the body, the review will also examine whether CoRWM’s control and governance arrangements continue to meet the recognised principles of good corporate governance."

DECC is inviting views from stakeholders that wish to comment on the issue.

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