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Non NDA Liability Management
The Energy Act 2004 specifies the NDA's role, duties, assets and the liabilities for which we are responsible. However some of our sites currently include assets and materials that belong to other organisations such as the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and British Energy (BE).
In these cases the owner organisation has ultimate responsibility for dealing with the liability in question. In order for us to deliver our mission of clean-up and decommissioning on all our sites, these third party liabilities must be taken into account as we develop our strategy.
To ensure that the NDA identifies, assesses the impact of and decides how to address third party nuclear liabilities within the current roles and accountabilities of all the organisations involved.
Scope and boundaries
Non NDA liability management strategy relates to assets and materials on our sites that are currently owned by other organisations and for which they have ultimate responsibility.
- MOD submarine propulsion fuel which is stored at Sellafield under contract and
- Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) fuel belonging to BE and not contracted for reprocessing.
The individual strategy does not include
- material whose interim storage, treatment and disposal is covered by contract with the NDA.
In these cases the requirements for dealing with these materials has been included in the development of the relevant strategy in the Strategy Management System (SMS).
The NNLM strategy interfaces with the majority of other topic strategies including:
- Spent oxide fuel strategy because some oxide material may be transferred to the NDA
- Exotic fuels strategy because some third party materials could form part of the exotic inventory
- Plutonium strategy because third party plutonium could be transferred to the NDA
- Uranics strategy because third party uranium could be transferred to the NDA
- Higher Activity Waste strategy because the NDA could be asked to deal with third party waste
- Lower Activity Waste strategy because the NDA could be asked to deal with third party waste
- Site End States strategy if the continued storage of third party material proves necessary
Having identified the scope of third party liabilities, their location in the NDA estate, the funding provision and management arrangements for dealing with them, the strategic options that relate to the NNLM Topic Strategy are:
1. Do nothing. Third parties remove liabilities from NDA sites on contract expiry, dissociating NDA from third parties.
2. Work with the relevant third party to ensure their management arrangements are consistent with the delivery of our decommissioning programme.
Where third parties have a contract for the management of liabilities or provision of other services, then these obligations will be included in the delivery of the relevant topic strategy in the SMS.
In cases where the current arrangements do not allow NDA to complete its decommissioning work, an alternative approach will be developed as part of the Non NDA Liability Management Strategy.
The current strategy is established, soundly based, mature and currently being executed at Sellafield, Dounreay, Low Level Waste Repository, Springfields, Capenhurst, Harwell. Delivery is being monitored by NDA's site facing teams as well as International Nuclear Services contract managers where appropriate. However in many cases the current strategy is governed by contracts of relatively short duration that do not satisfy NDA requirements in delivering our clean up and decommissioning mission.
Execution of the current strategy is reviewed at an operational level by NDA site facing teams to ensure compliance with contract deliverables.
The principles of the NNLM topic strategy were presented to the Strategy Development and Delivery Overview Group (SDDG) in June 2009. At the meeting the SDDG endorsed:
- NDA's proposed development of a NDA NNLM Strategy
- NDA continuing to work with MoD to optimize the management of public sector nuclear liabilities
- NDA working with other 3rd parties to optimise the management of their nuclear liabilities.
The assessment and management of any third party liability impact will be managed through NDA's existing governance routes on a case by case basis. The stakeholders (including the third party liability holders) and their engagement mechanisms are already established for these.