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Climate change assessments and minutes for ONR's expert panel on Natural Hazards

Date released
29 November 2019
Request number
FOI201911038
Release of information under
Freedom of Information Act 2000

Information requested

I note from the recent report, USE OF UK CLIMATE PROJECTIONS 2018 (UKCP18) BY GB NUCLEAR INDUSTRY, that “regulators (ONR, EA and NRW) expect that operators of all nuclear licensed sites and disposal sites for radioactive waste will take account of UKCP18 when assessing the impacts of climate change". In view of that:

  1. Please provide a copy of the latest assessment completed by the licensee of Hinkley Point C detailing the climate change risks posed to the site, taking into account the UK Climate Projections.
  2. Please provide a copy of the latest assessment completed by the licensee of Sizewell C detailing the climate change risks posed to the site, taking into account the UK Climate Projections.
  3. Please provide a copy of the latest assessment completed by the licensee of Bradwell B detailing the climate change risks posed to the site, taking into account the UK Climate Projections.

    Please also provide the following:

  4. Please provide the minutes of meetings of the ONR expert panel on Natural Hazards that took place this year and in 2018.
  5. Please provide the minutes of meetings of the ONR expert panel on Natural Hazards Sub-Panel on Meteorological and Coastal Flood Hazards that took this year and in 2018.

Information released

Clarifying your request:

We aim to be as open as possible when answering requests for information. However to enable us to process items 1 - 4 of your request we require further clarification. This will assist in determining whether we hold the information you requested in our records.

Items 1-3

You have requested copies of the latest assessments completed by the licensees of Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C and Bradwell B. Can you please advise whether you require the assessments that take into account UKCP09 or UKCP18?

Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C and Bradwell B are in the process of considering the impact of UKCP18 on their safety cases. ONR will conduct the assessments of their submissions in due course. We therefore suggest contacting the licensees of each site to request this information. The contact details for the licensees are:

Magnox Limited - Bradwell B
Oldbury Technical Centre
Oldbury Naite
Thornbury
South Gloucestershire
BS35 1RQ

Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C
NNB GenCo HPC Ltd
The Qube
90 Whitfield St
London
WIT 4EZ

Item 4

You have requested copies of the minutes of meetings of the ONR expert panel on Natural Hazards that took place this year and in 2018.

ONR has an Expert Panel on Natural Hazards consisting of two Sub-Panels, one on Meteorological and Coastal Flood Hazards and the other on Seismic Hazards. Please can you clarify if you are referring to both the Meteorological and Coastal Flood Hazards and Seismic Expert Panel minutes?

The dates of the Sub-Panels are:

2019:

2018:

Item 5 response:

Please find attached the Notes of Progress Meeting 4: ONR expert panel on Natural Hazards on Meteorological and Coastal Flood Hazards held on 20 May 2019. Personal information has been redacted under Section 40 of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption so does not require a Public Interest Test.

An ONR expert panel on Natural Hazards Sub-Panel on Meteorological and Coastal Flood Hazards did not take place in 2018.

Further Information:

Should you wish to clarify your request, please contact us via the email address contact@onr.gov.uk, quoting reference: FOI201911038.

Any reformulated request will be treated as a new Freedom of Information request.

Please note that in accordance with Section 1(3) of the FOIA we are not under any further obligation to respond until you have provided the appropriate clarification.

Exemptions applied

Section 1(3) and 40.w

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

N/A