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NDA publishes Preferred Option on management of remaining nuclear materials at Dounreay
21 February 2013
Through today's publication of its Preferred Option paper the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has now completed its strategic review of the options for the management of the remaining nuclear materials at Dounreay referred to as 'exotics'.
The NDA published a credible options paper in February 2012 for the management of the Dounreay exotic material. The options that were considered can be summarised as to:
- continue to manage the material at Dounreay, which is the current baseline plan
- transport the exotics to Sellafield for management.
The credible options paper identified a number of advantages in transporting the exotics to Sellafield but at that time further discussion with regulators and stakeholders was required to underpin the feasibility of this option and to consider stakeholder views. These discussions have concluded and the NDA now considers movement of the exotics to Sellafield for long term management alongside the Sellafield fuels inventory to be the preferred option.
The Site Licence Companies at Dounreay and Sellafield will now prepare a Final Business Case and submit this to the NDA Executive around the end of the financial year 2012/13 to enable final approvals of the implementation plans to be take place. Assuming that the business case is approved by the NDA Executive movement of exotic material would commence around the end of 2014/15. The work required to implement this strategy such as the normal safety case and planning approvals will be executed by Sellafield and Dounreay.