This consultation outlines ONR's proposed approach to the definition of 'bulk quantities' of radioactive matter. The nuclear site licensing regime currently applies to a set of defined activities, which include the storage of bulk quantities of radioactive matter. However, there is no clear definition of what constitutes bulk quantities of radioactive matter, storage of which would need to be licensed.
Government has started work on the implementation of the 2004 protocol to the Paris Convention - this relates to the provision of third party liability provision for nuclear installations which is currently linked to nuclear licensing. In the meantime ONR still has to enforce existing law, and we are conscious that clarity is being sought by a number of interested parties as to whether a storage facility may require a nuclear site license, depending how bulk quantities of radioactive matter is defined.
A consultation workshop on Bulk Quantities took place on 24 October 2011. The workshop was arranged part way through the formal public consultation period in order to provide the opportunity for consultees to ask ONR any questions of clarification before responding formally to the consultation.
After careful consideration of the comments received, ONR considered amending its proposal and carried out a supplementary consultation.
This consultation ended on 12 December 2011.