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Public consultation on the request for consent to dismantling of seven nuclear submarines at Rosyth Royal Dockyard

Background

Since the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations (EIADR) entered into force in 1999 the decommissioning of nuclear power stations and other nuclear reactors within the scope of EIADR may only proceed with consent from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). To obtain consent the licensee of the nuclear reactor must submit to ONR an Environmental Statement (ES), which presents a detailed environmental impact assessment for the proposed decommissioning project and the mitigation measures to be used to avoid or minimise any significant adverse impacts on the environment, together with a non-technical summary of this information.  This is considered by ONR during an extensive public consultation. If the project is considered acceptable ONR grants consent for the decommissioning project. Further information and guidance on EIADR is available.

Application for consent to dismantle nuclear submarines

Rosyth Royal Dockyards Ltd. (RRDL) have applied to obtain a consent to begin the dismantling project in January 2016.

For the application for consent RRDL have submitted the following documents:

  • an environmental statement , which presents a comprehensive environmental impact assessment for the decommissioning project;
  • a non-technical summary of the environmental statement;

Both of which are available on the documentation page. You can also request these documents in writing from:

Rosyth Royal Dockyard Ltd.
Babcock International Group
Rosyth Business Park
Rosyth
Dunfermline
Fife
KY11 2YD

Public consultation

ONR is holding a formal 3-month consultation period in order to provide the opportunity for interested parties to comment upon Babcock’s application and decommissioning project. Consultees are invited to comment upon any aspect of the dismantling project, particularly the environmental statement that contains the environmental impact assessment for the proposed decommissioning project and the mitigation measures to be used to avoid or minimise any significant adverse impacts on the environment.

At the end of the consultation, the comments received are collated and made publically available, although any comments submitted can be treated anonymously on request. Alternatively, you may provide comments in person at HSE’s Knowledge Centre in Bootle, and via public libraries local to Rosyth.

If required, you may ask ONR any questions of clarification before responding formally to the consultation.

Next steps

After careful consideration of the comments received, ONR will publish its decision on issuing consent in the form of a Decision Report, which will be circulated to consultees and published.

This consultation will run for a 3-month period from 22 January and end on 21 April 2014.  Late comments are unlikely to be considered.

Health and Safety Executive
ONR - EIADR team
4N.1 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
Liverpool
L20 7HS
Email: EIADR-SDP-Rosyth@hse.gov.uk

Updated 2015-07-20