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Changes for radioactive waste disposal at Drigg

The Environment Agency (EA) has made changes to the regulation of low-level radioactive waste repository at Drigg, Cumbria.

The agency has combined the four separate authorisations that the British Nuclear Group Sellafield (BNGS) holds to ensure that the generation of waste is minimised and that the radiological impact from disposals on the site will be kept as low as possible.

Taking into account the possible effects of coastal erosion in the future, and after listening to the views of the general public and environment organisations, the EA has also amended the conditions of the authorisation regarding solid waste disposal on the site.

EA Nuclear Regulation group team leader Ian Streatfield said: “We review all nuclear authorisations regularly to make sure they remain appropriate and effective.

“The new authorisation for the low-level radioactive waste site at Drigg has enabled us to tighten already stringent controls even further and continue to protect the environment as effectively as we can.”

The EA will not authorise disposal in a proposed new vault until the Local Planning Authority has granted planning permission and a detailed risk management study has been conducted.

The latest authorisation also includes updated conditions regarding discharge of radioactivity to the atmosphere and transfer of solid waste to the Sellafield site.

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