Office for Nuclear Regulation

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The numbers of incidents in 2012 and 2013 with a breakdown into mode of transport (rail, road, air or sea) and a summary including location.

Information requested

The numbers of incidents in 2012 and 2013 with a breakdown into mode of transport (rail, road, air or sea) and a summary including location.

Information released

None

Exemptions applied

Following careful consideration the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has reached the conclusion that we are unable to disclose the information, because your request relates to material which is still in the course of completion, to unfinished documents and to incomplete data, as it falls under the exception covered by Regulation 12(4)(d) of EIR.

In applying this exception we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure.

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

Factors for disclosure

To demonstrate to the public that ONR is properly undertaking its role as regulator with regard to the transport of radioactive material in the UK.

Factors for withholding

Work is still being undertaken by our contractor to collect and process the relevant data for events during 2012 and to ensure that information submitted for inclusion falls within ONR's remit, so disclosure at this time may be incomplete and therefore may not give an accurate picture, leading to potentially misleading comparisons with previous years.

For events that occurred during 2013 work on collecting and processing the data is not planned to start until later in 2014. Additionally, in some cases an ONR investigation is still ongoing and full details of some of those events is not currently available. Disclosure at this time would therefore be incomplete and not give an accurate picture.

Reasons why public interest favours withholding information

There is a strong public interest in ONR providing an accurate picture of safety incidents relating to transport of radioactive material in the UK, so the balance of arguments favours withholding the information at this time to avoid providing information which may later prove to be inaccurate.