- Define Credible Options
- Assess and Select Preferred Option
- Approve Strategy
- Implement Strategy
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13 May 2013
Box project to help Sellafield
A huge procurement programme to produce thousands of high integrity stainless steel boxes to house radioactive waste at Sellafield was launched today.
09 May 2013
NDA statement re Government response to PAC
The Government has published its response to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on managing risk at Sellafield.
30 April 2013
Preferred option for ILW Storage in Scotland
NDA has now completed its strategic review of the options for the storage of Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) in central and southern Scotland.
18 April 2013
First Harwell nuclear materials consignment
The first consignment of nuclear material from the Harwell site in Oxfordshire, in the form of Contact Handled Intermediate Level Waste (CHILW) has been safely transported to and received at Sellafield.
27 March 2013
NDA publishes 2013-16 Business Plan
NDA has today published its 2013-16 Business Plan which sets out its delivery priorities for the period as it continues to focus on accelerating hazard reduction across its 19-site estate.
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NDA Strategy Document
We published our revised Strategy in March 2011.
NDA Strategy - Effective from April 2011 (full colour version) (5Mb)
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- To restore our designated sites and release them for other uses
Site restoration is our primary focus and all other strategic themes support or enable its delivery. We can only restore our sites if we secure final management solutions for spent fuels and nuclear materials and establish effective waste management solutions.
Site restoration must take account of non-NDA liabilities located on our sites, such as those owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) or EDF Energy.
The restoration of our sites presents a number of major challenges:
- legacy plants in excess of 60 years old containing significant quantities of corroding radioactive material which represent our highest risk and some of our largest hazards
- infrastructure which has been deteriorating for several decades
- land contamination resulting from a variety of past uses, including non-nuclear activities.
The NDA's end goal is to restore our designated sites to the point where they are released for other uses. In order to prioritise delivery our site restoration strategy focuses on
- reducing risks to people and
- the environment
while restoring each site as soon as reasonably practicable to a condition suitable for its next planned use.
Due to the unique and varied nature of our facilities and land, restoration is considered on a case-specific basis. We take into account a range of relevant factors, including the need to
- reflect Government policy and
- secure value for money.
Our approach is influenced by the level of risk to people or the environment, as shown in the diagram.
Where the risks are intolerable we will take urgent action to reduce them.
Where the risk is less significant our approach takes greater account of other factors. However, it is still focused on reducing risk and hazard as far as is reasonably practicable. We will monitor existing risk levels and act proportionately to ensure that the net level of risk does not increase in the long-term.
We recognise that to deliver the reduction in risk and hazard that is core to our mission, we may need to accept near term increases in risk. We will work with our Site Licence Companies (SLCs) and the Regulators to safely manage this balance.
- Decommissioning: To deliver Site End States as soon as reasonably practicable with a progressive reduction of risk and hazard.
- Land Quality Management: To ensure that land quality is managed to protect people and the environment.
- Site End States: To define credible objectives for the restoration of each site (or part of a site).