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Clyde Submarine Base

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Faslane primary effluent barge to return to service; and what plans he has for its replacement in the long-term. (273004)

The primary effluent barge was retired in February 2008 and will not be returned to service.

Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde is currently undertaking a future waste management options study to determine the long-term plans for radioactive waste management. Primary effluent tanks will continue to collect liquid waste in the interim.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for a new facility to handle radioactive waste at Faslane. (273005)

Work is currently being undertaken to determine the future waste management plans at Faslane, the results of which will inform the design and development of a new capability.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) procedures and (b) protocols will apply to the discharge of radioactive coolant from submarines at the new Astute jetty. (273006)

The procedures and protocols for the discharge of radioactive coolant from submarines at the new Astute jetty will be similar to those in place for current berths. Primary effluent tanks will be used for the discharge of radioactive liquid effluent, a process that is regulated and inspected by both the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator.