Radioactivity

Environmental Policy Division ("EPD") is responsible for devolved policy and legislation in relation to radioactivity in Northern Ireland. EPD co-operates with UK Government Departments in relation to policy on the management of radioactive waste, and is represented on several UK-wide radioactivity policy groups.

Implementing Geological Disposal

This white paper sets out the UK Government’s framework for managing higher activity radioactive waste in the long term through geological disposal. This will be implemented alongside ongoing interim storage and supporting research.

It updates and replaces (in England and Northern Ireland) the 2008 White Paper, setting out the overarching policy framework, including initial actions led by the UK Government and the developer (Radioactive Waste Management Limited) to support the voluntarist process for siting a GDF that is based on local communities’ willingness to participate in the process.

It has been informed by the siting process that operated since 2008, and the subsequent review of that process, including a Call for Evidence and formal public consultation, which took place in 2013.  

Strategy for the management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) waste in the United Kingdom

This Strategy has been published jointly by DECC, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment.

It sets out our joint proposals for a strategy for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) waste in the UK.

Our joint policy is to facilitate the sustainable and efficient management of Low Level Radioactive Waste in line with the ‘waste hierarchy’ principle. This requires a policy framework which enables and encourages waste producers to avoid the production of unnecessary waste, and to manage arisings in the most environmentally appropriate way.

Our strategy for achieving this in respect of the NORM sector is based on stimulating investment in the waste management supply chain. It will do this principally through:

  •  reforming the regulatory framework to ensure it is clear, coherent and effective
  • removing policy barriers to the development of a robust and efficient market for NORM waste management
  • supporting efforts by waste producers and the waste management supply chain to generate better data and information about current and future NORM waste arisings

This strategy was subject to a public consultation exercise from 13 February – 8 May 2014 and has been updated after consideration of consultation responses.  A consultation response will be published shortly after this strategy by Scottish Government.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has been undertaken by the Scottish Government’s Environmental Assessment Team in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 .

The SEA reflects the strategic ambitions of the Strategy, and was undertaken in parallel with the Consultation. A post adoption report will be published shortly after this strategy by Scottish Government.  

Scottish Government has led on the development of this strategy and it is available from their website using the link below, along with supplementary reports on NORM legislation, the data collection exercise and a summary of consultation responses.

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