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Proposals for redrafted Guidance on the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations 1999 (EIADR99)

This consultative document is issued in accordance with the aim of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive to make its consultation procedure as thorough and open as possible.


An initial draft of the guidance on the EIADR99 was subject to public consultation in 1999. Following this consultation, a commitment was made to consultees in 2000 to redraft the guidance and undertake further consultation before publication.

One of the reasons for delaying a further consultation was the demand from consultees for greater clarity on several unresolved issues. This has proven to be a difficult and time-consuming task.

The issues identified from the previous consultation have now been addressed in the redrafted guidance. In addition, the experience gained during the process for the applications to undertake decommissioning projects at the Hinkley Point A and Bradwell power stations has enabled HSE to set some standards as to what we expect from submissions and how these will be dealt with. The redrafted guidance should, therefore, benefit future applicants, by highlighting these standards and requirements.

The guidance has been redrafted so that each regulation in the EIADR99 is reproduced followed by interpretative guidance. We believe this new approach is more user-friendly and easier to understand. The redrafted guidance also provides some helpful interpretative advice on a number of difficult EIADR – related issues. It is hoped that the guidance will also be useful to consultees and others who have an interest in the process.

Updated 2009-05-28