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Radioactive Waste: Waste Management

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department published its report on Future Radioactive Waste Management Capability, RWMF/URD/001; and what representations have been received on the report since that date. (272722)

The Future Radioactive Waste Management Capability—User Requirement Document was published within the Department in August 2008 and was provided to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in September 2008.

No representations have been received on the report since it was issued.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much liquid radioactive waste has been discharged into the sea loch at Faslane in each year since it first hosted Polaris nuclear submarines; and whether he has received recent representations from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency on the matter. (272723)

Officials are currently in the process of collating the information held by the Department; I will write to the hon. Member once this work is complete.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the extent to which the recommendations in the report Assessment of Arrangements to Comply with Best Practicable Means for the Handling, Movement, Processing, Storage and Disposal of Radioactive Waste at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane have been complied with; and upon what data his assessment is based. (273541)

An internal assessment of the report was completed by officials at HMNB Clyde during March 2009. The majority of the recommendations arising from the report have now been implemented and we expect that outstanding issues will be addressed by the end of September 2009. Officials continue to work with the various regulatory authorities to ensure they are content with the work that is being undertaken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken at HM Naval Base Clyde to ensure that requirements on waste prevention and minimisation have been incorporated into waste generation procedures and training at the base. (273543)

Waste generation is always considered during the planning of any nuclear work, and efforts are made to minimise the rate of production and the quantity of waste produced. Initial and refresher training is provided to both submarine and base staff that specifically addresses the requirement to prevent and reduce radioactive waste. Waste disposals from HM Naval Base Clyde continue to be well below the agreed disposal limits.