Commission clears plan for disposal of radioactive waste at Hinkley Point A, UK

October 23, 2003

Brussels, 22 October 2003

Commission opinion of 20 October 2003 concerning the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the decommissioning of the Hinkley Point A Power Station located in the United Kingdom, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty (OJ C253/7 22.10.2003). Text

On 30 April 2003 the European Commission received from the Government of the United Kingdom, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty, General Data relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the decommissioning of the Hinkley Point A Power Station.

On the basis of these data and additional information provided by the Government of the United Kingdom on 14 August 2003, and following consultation with the group of experts, the Commission has drawn up the following opinion:

(a) The distance between the plant and the nearest neighbour Member State, in this case France, is approximately 180 km.

(b) During normal operation, discharges of liquid and gaseous effluent will not cause an exposure of the population in other Member States that is significant from the point of view of health.

(c) Solid intermediate level radioactive wastes are stored at the site. Low level radioactive wastes and irradiated fuel elements are stored at the site before being transported off-site for disposal or reprocessing in facilities within the United Kingdom. Non-radioactive solid waste or residual materials which are released from regulatory control will be released for disposal as conventional waste or for reuse or recycling, in all cases complying with the criteria laid down in the Basic Safety Standards (Directive 96/29/Euratom).

(d) In the event of unplanned discharges of radioactive waste, which may follow an accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, the doses likely to be received by the population in other Member States would not be significant from the point of view of health.

In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form arising from the decommissioning of the Hinkley Point A Power Station in the United Kingdom, both in normal operation and in the event of an accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in radioactive contamination, significant from the point of view of health, of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State.

Official Journal of the EC, C253/7 22.10.2003

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