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Nuclear Waste Transportation

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to consult Colchester residents about the transportation by rail through the town of nuclear waste from Sizewell Power Station; and if he will make a statement. (78958)

The Department for Transport has recently taken over responsibility for making regulations covering the transport of radioactive materials by rail from the Health and Safety Executive. In November 2004 the Department undertook a consultation on the proposals for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2005, SI 2005:1732. These regulations include provisions for the control of the carriage of radioactive materials by rail.

The consultation document was sent out to over 800 addresses across the U.K. and it was published on the Department’s website. There were three responses from addresses in Colchester but none of these were concerned with the transport of radioactive materials.