A letter from the Deputy Director, Decommissioning, Radioactive Material and GDF

We have just received this letter from BEIS (Dept. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy):

Umran Nazir
Deputy Director, Decommissioning, Radioactive Material and GDF

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

www.gov.uk/beis

04 July 2019

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Thank you for your response to the public consultation carried out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), on the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure that was open 25th January 2018 and closed on 19th April 2018. We received 87 responses from UK bodies and members of the UK public. We also received 360 campaign responses from individuals in Germany.

Following the public consultation, the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure underwent parliamentary scrutiny. This included scrutiny by the House of Commons Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and a debate in the House of Lords in 2018.

The Government has revised the National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, taking into consideration the concerns raised through the public consultation and the recommendations made by the Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The revised National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure has been published1 today and laid before Parliament alongside the Government’s response to the Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recommendations. In addition, the Government response to the public consultation has also been published. The National Policy Statement will be laid for 21 sitting days in Parliament with the intention that it will be designated after that, subject to the will of Parliament.

This National Policy Statement sits alongside the ‘Working with Communities’ policy document that was published in December 2018, which sets out the process for how we will work with communities to find a location for a geological disposal facility. That process is now underway.

 

Umran Nazir
Deputy Director, Decommissioning, Radioactive Material and GDF

www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-policy-statement-for-geological-disposal-infrastructure

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