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Mike Thorne has been involved in radiological protection for 40 years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow (and Honorary Fellow) of the Society for Radiological Protection and a Chartered Radiation Protection Professional. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Radiological Protection, a member of the UK National Dose Assessment Working Group, a former Scientific Secretary to the ICRP and is currently a consultant to the IAEA on uranium in the environment. He has worked for HMIP, FSA, EA and the NII in the UK, but his main area of work is in support of various UK, overseas and international programmes for the management and disposal of solid radioactive wastes. He was an expert advisor to the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority and now advises on potential building developments in the vicinity of Nuclear Licensed Sites as well as in the vicinity of those few gasholders that remain in use. In addition, he has appeared as an expert witness at two Public Inquiries in the UK, and has presented evidence to the National Academies of Sciences and before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the United States. Mike is Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU-funded COMET project and is chief technical advisor to the State of Nevada in relation to the potential development of a geological disposal facility at Yucca Mountain. He was also a member of the WHO panel that advised on remediation of the Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands contaminated by nuclear weapons’ tests.