4.1.1The Implementation Strategy sets out three phases of work to ensure that Scotland's nuclear radioactive waste legacy is dealt with safely and responsibly to ensure protection of the environment and avoid unnecessarily passing the waste burden onto future generations.
4.1.2A research and development programme will be undertaken to support the implementation strategy for the long term management of HAW and the Scottish Government will work with NDA, suitable waste management organisations and regulators to help develop near-surface disposal concepts
4.1.3There are a proportion of wastes which, under current technology and regulation, are understood to be unsuitable for near-surface disposal. A programme will be devised by the Scottish Government and NDA to identify credible options for the long-term management of these wastes. HAW will continue to be safely stored on site prior to depositing in a future disposal facility or identification of a suitable waste management option.
4.1.4The Scottish Government expects waste producers and owners in Scotland to continue to make use of the Letter of Compliance process in developing their radioactive waste management cases. The process will be reviewed during Phase 1 of the Strategy to ensure it is appropriate for use in Scotland in light of the 2011 Policy and future decisions on disposal facilities.
4.1.5A siting strategy for near-surface disposal facilities will be established by the Scottish Government that takes due account of the wider stakeholder community and national interest. In addition a community and stakeholder engagement plan will be formed to ensure transparency throughout the planning and decision making processes and to maximise opportunities for community engagement.
4.1.6The 2011 Policy and Strategy will be subject to regular review at intervals of no more than 10 years. This recognises that some long-term management options may require extensive research or development, and that new scientific advances and technological developments are likely to occur over time.