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NEW CHAIRMAN TAKES OVER TO ADVISE ON LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT OF UK RADIOACTIVE WASTE

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Gordon MacKerron will take over from 11 December 2003 as the new ...
Gordon MacKerron will take over from 11 December 2003 as the new

chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, the

independent body set up to advise the UK government and the devolved

administrations on the options for dealing with much of the UK's

radioactive wastes in the long-term.

This follows the resignation of Katharine Bryan who is taking up the

post of chief executive of the Water Service, Department for Regional

Development (Northern Ireland). Mrs Bryan was appointed to CoRWM in

July 2003. Mr MacKerron is already a member of CoRWM following his

own appointment on 17 November 2003.

Elliot Morley, minister for the environment, said: 'I am naturally

sorry that Katharine Bryan will not be able to lead CoRWM in carrying

out the very challenging job that it has been given by the government.

She has set the committee on very much the right lines and I wish her

every success in her new post.

Together with my environment minister colleagues in Northern Ireland,

Scotland and Wales, I invited Gordon MacKerron to succeed Katharine

and I am pleased to say that he has accepted. He is another

exceptionally able candidate who will, we are confident, build on the

sound beginning to CoRWM's work. The good progress will be

maintained.'

Notes

Gordon MacKerron is 56, married, and lives in Brighton. He is an

economist who worked for many years in the Science and Technology

Policy Research unit at the University of Sussex. He is now an

associate director of NERA Economic Consulting, specialising in

energy policy. He holds no other ministerial appointment and has not

undertaken any political activity in the past five years.

Mr MacKerron's appointment was made in accordance with the Code of

Practice for appointments to public bodies.

Following a consultation exercise Managing radioactive waste safely

which ran from September 2001 to March 2002, Margaret Beckett

announced on 29 July 2002 that the government and the devolved

administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be

setting up CoRWM. The committee's remit is to review the options for

safely managing the UK's higher activity wastes, effectively those

for which no long-term management route currently exists, and

recommend to the UK government and the devolved administrations the

option, or options, that will ensure the safety of people and protect

the environment.

Mrs Beckett stressed that the new body must win public confidence and

operate in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.

Copies of Managing Radioactive Waste Safely - proposals for

developing a policy for managing solid radioactive waste in the UK,

and the Secretary of State's 29 July 2002 announcement about CoRWM,

can be found hereor here. CoRWM's own website -

www.corwm.org.uk - provides details of its terms of reference,

membership and work to date.

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