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Lunch & Learn | Celebrating 20 years of the IGSC

January 27, 2021 at 01:00:00 PM · Brussels
About This Webinar

Learn more about NEA’s IGSC or the Integration Group for the Safety Case.
IGSC is the main technical advisory body to the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) on the deep geological disposal, particularly for long-lived and high-level radioactive waste. It was established in 2000 in recognition of the need to foster full integration of all aspects of the safety case.
The mission of the IGSC is to assist member countries to develop effective safety cases supported by a robust scientific-technical basis. In addition to the technical aspects in all developmental stages of repository implementation, the group also provides a platform for international dialogues between safety experts to address strategic and policy aspects of repository development.
To help accomplish its activities, the IGSC is supported by four subgroups carrying out tasks on specific topics. Three subgroups that focus on the feasibility of repositories in three different generic host rock types are: Clay Club, Salt Club and Crystalline Club. A fourth subgroup, the Expert Group on Operational Safety (EGOS), deals with the operational safety of geological repositories.

Who can view: People who attended or registered for the webinar only
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Chair of the NEA’s Integration Group for the Safety Case
Lucy Bailey is the Head of the RWMRSO, responsible for ensuring that the RWMRSO delivers the research understanding necessary to underpin safe geological disposal. Lucy is a physicist with over 25 years’ experience working in geological disposal. Her career has focused on developing the long-term environmental safety case for geological disposal of higher activity waste. Lucy previously led the Post-closure Safety and Environment Group of Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM) and was responsible for producing RWM’s generic Disposal System Safety Case, first published in 2010 and then updated in 2016. She is therefore ideally placed to understand the uncertainties and knowledge gaps that research needs to address in the context of geological disposal. Lucy has over 40 publications covering the safety case and other technical and societal aspects of geological disposal.

Lucy has long-standing involvement with the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and was elected Chair of the NEA’s Integration Group for the Safety Case (IGSC) in October 2015. The IGSC is the leading technical body of the Radioactive Waste Management division of the OECD/NEA, developing international best practice in the delivery and regulation of geological disposal system safety cases. In this role, Lucy has particularly pioneered collaboration with the NEA’s sister group, the Forum for Stakeholder Confidence, to improve understanding and communication of all issues related to and underpinning safety cases.

In addition to the UK programme, Lucy has contributed to international geological disposal programmes, in particular acting as independent expert reviewer of safety case methodology for the licence application for a geological disposal facility in Sweden. Lucy has also worked on a number of EC projects and is currently co-chairing an IAEA safety case project concerned with mitigating the potential for future inadvertent human intrusion into disposal facilities (the ‘HIDRA’ project).