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Sellafield

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Directorate has received a report from Sellafield Limited on the contamination event which took place on 20 June 2008 at the Sellafield site. (289714)

I can confirm that the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Directorate has received such a report from Sellafield Limited, and that it is satisfied that a thorough investigation has been carried out by the company.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Directorate wrote to Sellafield Limited requesting a revised statement of strategy for the future safe storage of highly active liquor; whether a reply has been received; and if he will make a statement. (289715)

I can confirm that such a letter was written on 11 February 2008. Sellafield Limited's responses have formed part of its biennial submissions to HSE's Nuclear Directorate both last year and this year. A summary of the Nuclear Directorate's initial assessment was reported to the West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group earlier this year, and the Nuclear Directorate will continue to report progress to that group, and post these reports on HSE's website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of specification 679 issued by the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Directorate in relation to the holding of highly active liquor at Sellafield. (289716)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 86W, on industrial health and safety: Sellafield, on what dates Nuclear Installation Inspectorate specifications numbers 324, 325 and 326 were issued; (290022)

(2) what the due date is for each Nuclear Installation Inspectorate specification;

(3) if he will place in the Library a copy of Nuclear Installation Inspectorate specifications numbers 324, 325 and 326;

(4) if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to Sellafield Ltd of 29 September 2008.

Specification numbers 324, 325 and 326 were issued on 4 August 2000 and a copy of each will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

The due date for each of the specifications is as follows:

Specification 324:

Part (a) by 1 August 2004 (completed).

Part (b) by 1 August 2004 (completed).

Part (c) by 1 August 2010

Part (d) by 1 August 2016.

Specification 325:

Part (a) by 1 August 2009;.

Part (b) by 1 August 2010.

Specification 326:

Part (a) by 1 August 2020.

Part (b) by 1 August 2020.

A copy of the letter to Sellafield Ltd. dated 29 September 2008 will be placed in the Libraries of the House in response to UIN 290025.