The MOD has confirmed the shortlist of sites for storage of ILW from RN nuclear submarines. The five sites are: the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, both owned by the MOD and run by AWE Plc; Sellafield in Cumbria and Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire, both owned by the NDA and Capenhurst in Cheshire, run by Capenhurst Nuclear Services.

The MOD completed a period of pre-engagement with local authorities, elected representatives and established site stakeholder groups around each of the shortlisted sites. This provided these groups with an early opportunity to understand and comment on the criteria that should be considered during the main assessment of shortlisted sites. It is also helping to shape plans for the formal public consultation that will be carried out before any decisions are made.

The assessment process considers:

1. Whole life costs for each site.

2. Operational effectiveness of the site.

3. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

4. The project schedule proposed by the site owner.

5. Other contributory factors such as anticipated public opinion, policy and planning in each area.

The MOD’s analysis has not presented any grounds for discounting any of the sites at this stage. This final shortlist will be taken forward as the basis for detailed assessment including public consultation, which will be carried out locally around each candidate site, as well as nationally.

The public consultation, which will seek views on the shortlisted sites and consult on the SEA Environment Report, will begin on 14th November 2014 and end on 20th February 2015. This will take the form of public meetings and engagement alongside a wealth of information being put into the public domain to aid stakeholder’s understanding of the project. 

Venues for SDP Public Consultation exhibitions

Aldermaston: 17 November:  AWE Recreational Society, West Gate, Plantation Road, Aldermaston RG7 4PR.22 November; 23 January:  Tadley Community Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley RG26 4HN.Internal workforce briefing: 31 October 2014

Burghfield:  18th November:  Village Hall, Recreation Road, Burghfield Common, Reading RG7 3EN20th November; 22nd January:  Community Sports Association, James Lane, Burghfield, Reading RG30 3RS.Internal workforce briefing: 30 October 2014

Chapelcross:  28 & 29 November 2014; 16 January 2015 (note change):Victoria Halls Complex, Downie’s Wynd, Annan DG12 6EE.

Capenhurst: 9 and 10 December; 20 January:  Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham, Chester CH66 9PB. 11 December: The Village Hall, Capenhurst Lane, Capenhurst, Chester CH1 6HE.Internal workforce briefings: 2 & 3 December 2014

Sellafield: 17 December; 28 January:  Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Masonic Centre, The Square, Cleator Moor CA25 5AU. 18 December; 27 January: The Beacon Museum, West Strand, Whitehaven CA28 7LY.

National Events Birmingham:  6 January 2015: The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA.Glasgow:  8 January 2015: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW.

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