- Define Credible Options
- Assess and Select Preferred Option
- Approve Strategy
- Implement Strategy
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10 December 2012
Views sought on Business Plan
Stakeholder views are invited on the NDA’s draft Business Plan 2013-2016 which is published for consultation. The consultation runs from 10 December until 1 February.
27 June 2012
Alternatives to re-use of plutonium as MOX fuel
NDA completes review of responses to our call for proposals for alternatives to re-use of plutonium as MOX fuel.
23 April 2012
Engagement Plan for 2012/13
NDA has published plans giving details of the opportunities stakeholders have to input into strategic decision making.
29 February 2012
Overview of Higher Activity Waste published
The NDA has published an overview of all its higher activity waste (HAW), providing details of where the material arises and how it is being dealt with.
23 February 2012
Proposals sought for alternative plutonium re-use
The NDA is seeking proposals on potential alternative approaches for managing the UK’s plutonium stocks alongside providing support to the Government as it progresses its preferred policy of converting the material into Mixed Oxide fuel (MOX) for reactors.
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- To ensure safe, secure and cost-effective lifecycle management of our nuclear materials.
The UK holds large stocks of civil uranium and plutonium, much of which is managed by the NDA. All of the plutonium and most of the uranium in the UK arises from the reprocessing of spent fuel and some of these nuclear materials are foreign owned.
Foreign owned nuclear materials remain the responsibility of the owners and will be managed in accordance with UK Government policy, contractual obligations and customer requirements.
For UK owned plutonium the current policy is safe and secure storage. UK Government is considering the longer term options for plutonium, the outcome of which will determine our future strategy. We also continue to store our uranics inventory safely and securely. Future management options may be informed by international developments in the secure management of these materials.
Since the NDA Strategy (2006) we have completed and published a macro-economic study into the range of options for nuclear materials. We involved stakeholders in its development and also prepared our nuclear materials credible options analyses. We will continue to engage with regulators, UK Government and Devolved Administrations to discuss and test our strategy development and also work closely with the SLCs to achieve fit for purpose, deliverable solutions.
Our strategy for the management of nuclear materials reflects the current UK Government policy of safe and secure storage. We are developing options which consider alternative lifecycle management solutions.
Some of our nuclear materials have value in today's market. The rest of the inventory may increase in value in the future. Our strategy for these materials is therefore to maximise value and avoid foreclosing any future options unless there is a hazard management priority.
The nuclear materials inventory is stored safely and securely on several sites across the NDA estate. We will consider whether consolidated storage is more appropriate for reasons of security and economy and consider other nuclear material owners in developing our plans.
We will support UK Government as it determines future policy on plutonium and we will subsequently deliver appropriate strategies. This includes R&D work to technically underpin the options.
Our strategy for material owned by third parties is to continue its management in accordance with contractual obligations and UK Government policy.