Submarine Waste Storage Sites – Shortlist announced

The MOD has published the provisional shortlist of sites for the interim storage of Intermediate Level radioactive Waste that will be removed from the 27 nuclear powered submarines that have left service with the Royal Navy or are due to, including those in afloat storage at Devonport and Rosyth dockyards.

They are:
  • Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston in Berkshire owned by MOD, run by AWE plc
  • Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield in Berkshire owned by MOD, run by AWE plc
  • Sellafield in west Cumbria, owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire, owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Capenhurst in Cheshire, which is run by Capenhurst Nuclear Services
The MOD will now enter a period of pre-engagement with local authorities,  elected representatives and established site stakeholder groups.  This will provide an early opportunity to understand and comment on the criteria that should be considered during the main assessment of shortlisted sites.  It will also help to shape the formal public consultation that will be carried out before any decisions are made.
Following this period of pre-engagement a final shortlist of sites will be published in summer 2014. These will then be taken forward as the basis for public consultation, which will be carried out locally, around each candidate site, and nationally.  The MOD’s plan is for the public consultation to begin towards the end of this year and end early next year.
Further information on SDP and a copy of the proposed Criteria and Screening Report, which contains the provisional shortlist, can be found  here
The webpage also contains a copy of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report, which sets out the scope and level of detail of the information to be  included in the SDP’s SEA update.

Any stakeholder groups who want to be involved in the pre engagement process (25th March and 9th April) can contact:

Instinctif Partners,
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Reading
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Tel: 0118 983 9455
Email: Harry.Hudson(at)instinctif.com