Information about planning applications for radioactive waste management in Somerset
We are the Waste Planning Authority for Somerset, excluding Exmoor National Park, responsible for determining planning applications for radioactive waste management in Somerset, apart from Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
The Government expects us to plan for the sustainable management of low level radioactive waste (LLW).
Industry may also propose treatment and storage of intermediate level waste (ILW).
We are responsible for planning policy on radioactive waste in Somerset. A chapter in the Somerset Waste Core Strategy (adopted 2013) focuses on radioactive waste treatment and storage (covering LLW and ILW), supported by evidence.
Our planning policy team has updated a topic paper on radioactive waste, which is available in the Downloads section of this page. This replaces a topic paper on radioactive waste approved in early 2012.
Hinkley Point is the main producer of radioactive waste in Somerset and is the main focus of our work on radioactive waste planning policy.
Hinkley Point includes:
We have a role in non-nuclear industry radioactive waste planning and in monitoring developments that might impact on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), co-operating as appropriate with the Environment Agency:
Low Level Waste Strategy
Low Level Waste Policy
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Office for Nuclear Regulation
Low Level Waste Repository
Magnox – Hinkley Point A
EDF – Hinkley Point B
EDF – Hinkley Point C
Nuclear Legacy Advisor Forum (NuLeAF)
Radioactive waste – Waste topic paper C
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