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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the effect on costs has been of applying practices from Nuclear Decommissioning Authority sites to the discharge of British Energy’s liabilities. (198435)

British Energy (BE) have so far not initiated any decommissioning work as their power stations are not due to close for several years, following the announcement of life extensions to Dungeness B, Hunterston B and Hinkley Point B.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) oversight of BE’s liabilities has therefore focused on their production of lifetime decommissioning plans and near term work plans. BE submitted one set of plans in 2006 and submitted their second edition on 31 March this year. The NDA has applied both the processes used in the development of Site Licence Companies’ lifetime plans, and lessons learned from its review of these plans to the BE equivalents.

The NDA is also working to develop a UK-wide strategy for management of intermediate level waste and this involves both BE as well as other Site Licence Companies.