Integrated Waste Strategy for Culham Science Centre
■ All operations on site are expected to follow the waste hierarchy as part of planning.
■ All projects on site are managed to address waste issues at the onset or as soon as is practicable, to ensure the waste hierarchy can be incorporated easily.
■ All non-radioactive waste is managed through sustainable routes and the majority of ‘waste’ materials are recycled (88%). With only around 12% sent to landfill.
■ The Environment Agency has issued UKAEA with a permit under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPRs) 2016, for the accumulation, transfer and discharge of any radioactive waste.
■ UKAEA applies Best Available Technique (BAT) principles to manage all waste in compliance with this permit.
■ The present strategy is for UKAEA to minimise all radioactive waste present on site at the end of the JET operations.
■ Work has been undertaken on JET end state and the final solution will be in agreement with relevant stakeholders.
The Integrated Waste Strategy has been developed over a number of years. It has integrated all new requirements of legislation, national policies and the regulatory requirements as well as the Company H&S, Environmental policies and Company Strategies.
■ IWS – Integrated Waste Strategy
■ BAT – Best Available Technique
■ NDA – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
■ JET – Joint European Torus
■ MAST – Mega Amp Spherical Tokomak
■ RACE – Remote Applications in Challenging Environments
■ MRF – Materials Research Facility
■ ALARP – As Low As Reasonably Practicable
■ OSR – Out of Scope of Regulations – replaces the exempt material in schedule 1 of the EPR’s
■ EPR’s – Environmental Permitting Regulations
■ WAC – Waste Acceptance Criteria
■ GDF – Geological Disposal Facility (proposed National RadWaste Repository)
■ WDS – Water Detritiation Facility
■ MDF – Materials Detritiation Facility
■ SLC’s – Site Licensed Companies (under Nuclear Installations Act 1965)