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Commission Opinion of 7 September 2018 relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the Sellafield Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store 1 and associated Direct Import Facility located in the United Kingdom

C/2018/5817

OJ C 321, 11.9.2018, p. 1–2 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

11.9.2018   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 321/1


COMMISSION OPINION

of 7 September 2018

relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the Sellafield Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store 1 and associated Direct Import Facility located in the United Kingdom

(Only the English version is authentic)

(2018/C 321/01)

The assessment below is carried out under the provisions of the Euratom Treaty, without prejudice to any additional assessments to be carried out under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the obligations stemming from it and from secondary legislation (1).

On 10 April 2018 the European Commission received from the Government of the United Kingdom, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty, General Data relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste (2) arising from the Sellafield Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store 1 and associated Direct Import Facility.

On the basis of these data and following consultation with the Group of Experts, the Commission has drawn up the following opinion:

1.

The distance from the site to the nearest border of another Member State, in this case Ireland is 180 km.

2.

Under normal operating conditions, the discharge of gaseous and liquid radioactive effluents is not liable to cause an exposure of the population of another Member State that would be significant from the point of view of health, in respect of the dose limits laid down in the Basic Safety Standards Directive (3).

3.

Secondary solid radioactive waste will be transferred to on-site treatment and conditioning facilities. Conditioned low-level radioactive waste will be shipped to the nearby licensed disposal facility located at Drigg.

4.

In the event of unplanned releases of radioactive effluents, which may follow the accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, the doses likely to be received by the population of another Member State would not be significant from the point of view of health, in respect of the reference levels laid down in the Basic Safety Standards Directive.

In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form, arising from the Sellafield Box Encapsulation Plant Product Store 1 and associated Direct Import Facility, located in the United Kingdom, both in normal operation and in the event of the accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in a radioactive contamination, significant from the point of view of health, of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State, in respect of the provisions laid down in the Basic Safety Standards Directive.

Done at Brussels, 7 September 2018.

For the Commission

Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE

Member of the Commission


(1)  For instance, under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, environmental aspects should be further assessed. Indicatively, the Commission would like to draw attention to the provisions of Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU; to Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment, as well as to Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora and to Directive 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy.

(2)  The disposal of radioactive waste in the meaning of point 1 of Commission Recommendation 2010/635/Euratom of 11 October 2010 on the application of Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty (OJ L 279, 23.10.2010, p. 36).

(3)  Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation and repealing Directives 89/618/Euratom, 90/641/Euratom, 96/29/Euratom, 97/43/Euratom and 2003/122/Euratom (OJ L 13, 17.1.2014, p. 1).


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