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HSC consults on proposed criteria for delicensing nuclear sites

HSE InfoLine : 05 May, 2004  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Commission is seeking comments on a proposed policy statement which sets out the criteria for delicensing parts of, or entire sites licensed by the Health and Safety Executive under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 (the NI Act).
The Health and Safety Commission is seeking comments on a proposed policy statement which sets out the criteria for delicensing parts of, or entire sites licensed by the Health and Safety Executive under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 (the NI Act).

From time to time HSE receives requests to delicense parts of, or even entire sites. The NI Act requires that before allowing all or part of a site to be delicensed, HSE must be satisfied that 'there has ceased to be any danger from ionising radiations from anything on the site or, as the case may be, on that part thereof.'

As more of the UK's nuclear installations close down, HSE expects to receive an increasing number of requests for partial or complete delicensing of sites. With this in mind, HSE considers that publishing a policy statement setting out its criteria for delicensing and interpretation of 'no danger' is timely, and will help provide greater transparency to the regulatory decision-making process.

HSE has already discussed these proposals with key stakeholders during the process of drafting the policy statement and believes there is broad acceptance of them.

The draft policy statement, 'HSE criteria for delicensing nuclear sites', can be accessed on HSE's website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/live.htm

Comments on the draft should be sent to: Jason Batt, NIHPD2, HSE, Rose Court,
2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS (or by e-mail to the following address: delicensing.policy@hse.gsi.gov.uk no later than 30 July 2004.
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