London -- A new strategy for the management of solid low level radioactive waste (LLW) arising from the non-nuclear industry has been published on 12 March 2012. The document is primarily aimed at non-nuclear industry waste producers, the environment agencies and waste planning bodies. It will also be relevant to waste disposal facility operators, including the NDA and its site licensed companies. The purpose of the policy statement is to set out principles for the long-term management of LLW.
* provide guidance and background information on this type of waste to enable planning authorities to make informed decisions on planning applications and to respond to concerns from their elected members and constituents.
* clarify the respective roles of waste producers, the environment agencies, planning authorities and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to enable decisions to be made that properly recognize the responsibilities of others.
* ensure that waste producers and regulators are fully aware of how the regulatory framework should be applied to LLW, particularly the need for waste management plans, waste minimisation at source and use of the waste hierarchy.
The full paper can be downloaded from decc.gov.uk. Quelle: Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)