Background
Background

Agenda and draft minutes

Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board
Thursday, 16th March, 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Bainbridge Room - Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. View directions

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

SN75

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillor Lena Hogg.

 

SN76

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest made at this meeting.

 

SN77

Minutes of the Meeting held on 12 January 2017 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Minutes:

Members considered the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2017 and it was

 

AGREED:- that they be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

SN78

NDA Business Plan - Presentation from Brian Hough

Minutes:

The Board received a presentation from Mr Brian Hough, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

 

Mr Hough began by updating Members of the new senior appointments made at the NDA.

 

Members were then advised that the NDA Business Plan was released for public consultation in December 2016, with the consultation period closing on 4 February 2017.

 

Consultation responses were still being analysed, although comments regarding the method of consulting and the timescales were already being addressed for next time.

All response comments were to be included at the back of the Business Plan document.

 

It was stated that comments made in the consultation would help to form the future programme of engagement with the council.

 

During the discussion that followed, Members asked what impact Brexit would have and were advised that the NDA would provide advice to Government , as it would also do regarding Euratom, which would have an impact to regulation of the  Sellafield site.

 

Members also asked about Plutonium and GDF and were advised that both were  decisions for Government.

 

Mr Hough was thanked for his attendance.

 

RESOLVED: that the presentation be received.

SN79

NDA Waste Management Strategy - Presentation from James McKinney

Minutes:

The Board received a presentation from Mr James McKinney, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the NDA’s waste Management Strategy.

 

Members were advised that the objective of Integrated Waste Management was to ensure wastes were managed in a manner that protected people and the environment both now and in the future in ways that comply with government policies and provided value for money.

The presentation covered the three types of waste, Radioactive Waste, Liquid and Gaseous Discharges and Non-Radioactive Waste.

 

The classification of Radioactive wastes was then covered, along with the Radioactive Waste Inventory.

 

In the discussion that followed, Members asked about Thermal Technologies and it was suggested this be a subject for a future meeting.

 

Mr McKinney was thanked for his attendance.

 

RESOLVED: that the presentation be received.

 

SN80

Sellafield Context Plan - Presentation from Kirk Mayer

Minutes:

The Board received a presentation from Mr Kirk Mayer, Sellafield Ltd, on the Sellafield Context Plan 2017-2026.

 

Members were advised that the Context Plan was aimed at helping Planning Authorities understand the context of individual planning applications, by explaining the underlying drivers for Sellafield work; outlining the policy, regulatory and owner frameworks; highlighting the major transition in site operations as the Sellafield reprocessing missions complete over the next four years; identifying the major construction developments over the next ten years and their drivers; and illustrating that a congested site requires more effective land allocation.

 

Members were further advised that the Context Plan summarised the External policy, regulatory and owner frameworks; key considerations for activities on the Sellafield site; the history; the priorities and challenges faced today; and the priorities and challenges for the next ten years.

 

At the close of the presentation, Members were provided with copies of the Sellafield Context Plan 2017-2026 and were asked to feedback their comments to Mr Mayer.

 

Mr Mayer was thanked for his attendance.

 

Following the presentation, Heather Morrison (Senior Planning Officer) updated the Board with details of current and upcoming planning applications affecting the Sellafield site.

 

RESOLVED: that

a)     the presentation be received, and

b)     the details of current and upcoming planning applications affecting the Sellafield site be noted.

 

SN81

Project Updates - verbal

Minutes:

Members received an update on key projects relating to the Council’s nuclear and energy activities from the Interim Nuclear Projects Manager.

 

RESOLVED that the update be received and noted.

 

SN82

Geological Disposal Facility Update pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Minutes:

The Board was updated following recent publications from Radioactive Waste Management Ltd.

 

‘Working with Communities’ summarised the responses to the Implementing Geological Disposal call for evidence and ‘Making sense of Geological Disposal’ was a short guide to geological disposal.

 

RESOLVED that the update be noted.

SN83

National Waste Programme Quarterly Report Q3, 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

Members received a report on the third issue of the Low Level Waste National Waste Programme, covering Quarter 3 for the year 2016/17 and were advised the report provided a ‘snapshot in time’ of the progress being made within the National Waste Programme community to achieve objective of the programme.

 

RESOLVED: that

a)     The update be received, and

b)     The link contained within the report be sent by email to Board members. 

 

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