Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Various questions on Dounreay transportation and decommissioning

Information released

It has been announced that shipments of nuclear waste (including plutonium and highly enriched uranium) are to be conveyed from Dounreay Power Station to Sellafield under armed guard.

Q1.

A1 - ONR is not aware of any announcement to transport nuclear waste from Dounreay to Sellafield. However, we are aware the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's preferred option for certain spent fuels and nuclear materials, none of which are considered to be waste, is to transport them from Dounreay to Sellafield for long term management. The following document refers

The document (http://www.nda.gov.uk/news/dsrl-exotics-preferred-option.cfm) does not include any decision on the use of armed guards.

The International Atomic Energy Agency publication, Nuclear Security Series No.13 gives recommendations on the use of armed guards for particular categories of nuclear material in transport. The UK follows these recommendations.

Q2 How much will the transportation of the waste cost the taxpayer?

A2. The ONR does not hold this information we would suggest you try the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority who may hold this type of information.

Decommissioning at Dounreay Power Station

Q3 What are the total costs to the taxpayer of the following operations and when will they be completed

A3 The ONR does not hold this information we would suggest you try the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority who may hold this type of information.

Exemptions applied

Not applicable.

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

Not applicable.