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National Policy Statement on Geological Disposal designated by minister

18 October, 2019

The revised National Policy Statement (NPS) on Geological Disposal has now been designated by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) , Nadhim Zahawi, following its laying in Parliament on 4 July 2019.

The NPS explains the national need for geological disposal infrastructure, provides planning guidance for developers and outlines the process for the assessment of development consent applications in England.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is not directly involved in the consultations but ONR and the Environment Agency will ultimately regulate any future GDF sited in England to ensure it meets the required high standards of safety, security and environmental protection.