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Scottish Government Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy

2011 Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy

On the 20th January 2011 the Scottish Government published Scotland's Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy 2011 and a Policy Statement was made in the Scottish Parliament by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

 Scotland's Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy 2011
Scottish Government Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy

The Scottish Government Policy is that the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste should be in near-surface facilities. Facilities should be located as near to the site where the waste is produced as possible. Developers will need to demonstrate how the facilities will be monitored and how waste packages, or waste, could be retrieved.

All long-term waste management options will be subject to robust regulatory requirements. The Policy is not prescriptive in its approach, recognising that it applies to Waste which may not be produced for decades and for which long-term management options may not be feasible at present or have yet to be developed.

Further information and the full Policy document.

 

Scotland's Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy: Post-Adoption Strategic Environmental Assessment Statement 2011

The Scottish Government undertook a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of its Detailed Statement of Policy.

SEA is a way of examining plans and policies as they develop, to identify any significant effects that they may have on the environment. It ensures that environmental considerations are taken into account within Policy making, and that decisions which could affect the environment are made in a transparent way. SEA also aims to build in mitigation measures, to avoid or minimise any potentially significant adverse effects of the plan on the environment, and establish a framework for monitoring effects as implementation progresses.

Further information and the full Post-Adoption statement.

Post adoption Strategy
 
 
Scotland's Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy: Summary of Comments and Scottish Government Response 2011

The Scottish Government conducted a public consultation on its draft Detailed Statement of Policy for Scotland's Higher Activity Radioactive Waste and the Environmental Report on the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Policy.

These documents were published on 15 January 2010 along with a Supplementary Information document providing additional factual information to assist consultees.

This report only contains a summary of the responses to the 21 questions contained in the main Consultation Document. A complete record of all the responses received by The Scottish Government is available.

Further information and the full Response document.

haw response

 

Implementation Strategy for Scotland's Policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste: December 2016

The Scottish Government consulted on an Implementation Strategy for the Policy on Higher Activity Radioactive Waste in May 2015.

The draft Implementation Strategy does not address site-specific issues. It is recognised that appropriate waste management solutions at one site may be different from those at another site.  As such, the draft Implementation Strategy is not prescriptive about which management solutions should be used in specific circumstances.

The draft Implementation Strategy includes the dates of key phases of work, milestones and key actions that are required from the Scottish Government, our agencies and other partners for the effective implementation of the 2011 Policy.  Responses to the consultation have been published.

The Implementation Strategy and supporting press release were approved and published on 15 December 2016.

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