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Departmental Publications

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to (a) inform interested parties of and (b) distribute his Department's publication The arrangements for the management and disposal of waste from new nuclear power stations: a summary of evidence; and how many copies of the document have been printed. (304416)

The Planning Act 2008 requires the Government to consult the public and stakeholders on the National Policy Statements (NPSs) before they can be designated. The waste assessment summary evidence paper is part of a suite of documents supporting the draft Nuclear NPS, which is currently subject to a wide ranging national consultation lasting 15 weeks. As part of this programme the Government have corresponded with statutory consultees, have set up a dedicated NPS website and are conducting national and local engagement events targeting key stakeholders and members of the public. These have been widely advertised through print, broadcast and online media, as well as by generating PR coverage and targeted communications including leaflets and an email campaign.

The waste assessment summary evidence paper has not been printed in large quantities The document is available on the NPS consultation website for viewing or download, and DECC has so far printed over 100 copies from this source and made them available at local exhibition events.