Commission's opinion clears plan for disposal of radioactive waste from MOX demonstration facility at Sellafield, UK

November 28, 2002

Brussels, November 2002

Commission Opinion of 26 November 2002 concerning the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the operation of the MOX Demonstration Facility at Sellafield located in the United Kingdom, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty (OJ C292/7 .11.2002). Full text [NB link expires 45 days from publication date]

On 8 May 2002, 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 operation of the MOX Demonstration Facility at Sellafield.

On the basis of these data, 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 point of another Member State, in this case Ireland, is approximately 180 km.

(b) Under normal operating conditions, the discharges of liquid and gaseous effluents will not cause an exposure of the population in other Member States significant from the point of view of health.

(c) Plutonium contaminated materials are stored at the site.Low-level radioactive wastes are stored at the site before being transported off-site for disposal in facilities within the UK.

(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 operation of the MOX Demonstration Facility at Sellafield 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, C292/7 .11.2002

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns