The Environment Agency has announced its decision to grant Sita (Lancashire) Limited an environmental permit for the disposal of low level radioactive waste at Clifton Marsh landfill site, near Preston.
The permit granted today (14 August 2012) and will be effective from 1 September 2012.
This type of waste has been disposed of at the site since the 1970s – a new permit will allow the Environment Agency to regulate more effectively.
In the past, permission for disposing of low level radioactive waste was held by the companies who produced it, rather than the landfill site. The Environment Agency is granting a new permit to bring the site into line with new regulatory practices and changes in Government policy.
Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for Lancashire, said:
"The safety of people and the environment is the Environment Agency’s number one priority. The waste disposed of at Clifton Marsh is low hazard and the amounts of radioactivity are small. We are satisfied that the risks from continued disposal of this waste are well within acceptable levels. The Environment Agency's continued regulation of this site will ensure that the waste is correctly managed."
"In making our decision on whether to grant this permit, the Environment Agency has listened to the views of local councils, members of the public, and other regulatory bodies. I want to thank everyone concerned for their valuable input."
A copy of the relevant documents, including the permit and the decision document can be viewed on the Environment Agency’s website: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/100241.aspx
The Environment Agency has responsibility under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 for regulating radioactive substance activities. We must ensure that people and the environment are adequately protected, both now and in the future, from any harm that may result from the construction and operation of radioactive waste disposal facilities.