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Nuclear Power Stations: Security

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many reports of breaches of exclusion zones around nuclear facilities by airborne craft have been filed by operators of civil nuclear installations in each year since 2003; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such report. (281297)

I have been asked to reply.

Since 2003, the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) aviation regulation enforcement department have investigated 12 reports of alleged breaches of the Air Navigation (Restriction of Flying)(Nuclear Installations) Regulations 2002. These reports are summarised in the following table:

Offence

Location

Legislation reference

Description

Outcome

Closed

23 April 2004

AWE Aldermaston

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations), Regulations 2002

Hot air balloon flying in the restricted area of AWE Aldermaston nuclear installation

No further action. no evidence of any offence

11 June 2004

23 April 2004

AWE Aldermaston

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations), Regulations 2002

Hot air balloon flying in the restricted area of AWE Aldermaston nuclear installation

The pilot has been given a formal caution

5 August 2004

25 April 2004

Berkeley power station

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations), Regulation 2002

Hot air balloon passed over nuclear licensed site approximately 1500 ft. within the two mile exclusion zone

No further action. no evidence

25 May 2004

7 May 2004

Bradwell power station

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations), Regulation 2002

Aircraft allegedly flew approximately 500 ft. of a nuclear installation and well within the two mile exclusion zone performing aerobatics

The pilot has been sent a warning letter

14 July 2004

31 July 2004

Heysham nuclear power station

Article 85, ANO 2000

Helicopter landed in the restricted zone of Heysham nuclear power station

Lancaster magistrates court 8 April 2005. Pilot pleaded guilty to a breach of Article 85, ANO 2000. He was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £500

8 April 2005

13 October 2004

Berkeley and Oldbury power stations

AN (Restriction of Flying) Regulations 2002

Infringement of a restricted area over a nuclear installation

The pilot has been sent an advisory letter

21 January 2005

1 October 2004

Bradwell power station

AN (Restriction of Flying) Regulations 2002

Infringement of a restricted area over a nuclear installation

Insufficient evidence to proceed

25 November 2004

21 November 2004

Chapel Cross nuclear power station

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) Regulations 2002

Infringement of nuclear site

The pilot has been sent a warning letter

26 April 2005

29 January 2006

AWE Aldermaston

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) Regulations 2002

Low flying over a nuclear establishment

No further action. no witnesses came forward.

14 March 2006

17 July 2006

AWE Burghfield

AN (Restrictions of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) Regulations 2002

Low flying over a nuclear establishment

Insufficient evidence to proceed

6 October 2006

21 September 2007

Springfields, nr. Preston

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) Regs. 2002

Low flying over a nuclear establishment

Insufficient evidence to proceed

11 March 2008

5 October 2007

Dungeness power station, Kent

AN (Restriction of Flying) (Nuclear Installations) Regs. 2002

Infringement and low flying over a nuclear establishment

The pilot has been sent a warning letter

31 October 2007