Hinkley Point C

Residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area can have their say on how Hinkley Point C stores radioactive waste.

The Environment Agency has launched a four-week public consultation where you will be able to view the application and send your comments.

A spokesman says: “Pressurised water reactors at Hinkley Point C will use uranium fuel to create heat and generate electricity when operating. Once used within the reactor, nuclear fuel will be stored on-site before being sent off-site to a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).”

“NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited was originally issued a radioactive substances environmental permit in 2013. In the original design radioactive waste was to be stored on-site in ‘wet storage’ – a method of submerging and storing in water.”

“The operator has now decided to change the technology by which it will store spent nuclear fuel, from wet storage to ‘dry storage’. Dry storage will see used nuclear fuel stored in sealed containers within a facility, before it is sent to the GDF.”

“This means the operator now seeks to change its radioactive substances environmental permit to remove or amend specific conditions related to the previous wet storage technology that are no longer relevant.”

“The operator has said altering the storage method will not change the expected radiation dose to the general public from discharges or the wider environment, which remains incredibly small.”

“Separately, NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited will be seeking the necessary changes to its Development Consent Order for Hinkley Point C in the autumn.”

All of the documents are available to view and download online at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/nuclear/hpc-variation-rsr-permit-fuel-store/.

Paper copies can be made available on request.

SPlease send your comments via the above website or in writing, quoting reference EPR/ZP3690SY, to Email: nuclear@environment-agency.gov.uk or by post: Hinkley Point C Consultation, Environment Agency, Nuclear Regulation Group, Red Kite House, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BD.

The consultation closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 14th August 2022. After the consultation ends, all comments made during consultation will be considered before a final decision is published in September 2022.


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