Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

SN 18/1

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Linda Jones-Bulman and Felicity Wilson.

 

SN 18/2

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interests made at this meeting.

SN 18/3

Minutes of the Meeting held on 14 April 2018 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 April 2018 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

SN 18/4

Appointment of Deputy Chair

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Gwynneth Everett, duly seconded and

 

RESOLVED – That CouncillorPeter Connolly be appointed Deputy Chair of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board for the 2018/19 municipal year.

 

SN 18/5

Copeland Borough Council Nuclear Position Statements 2018 pdf icon PDF 472 KB

Minutes:

The Interim Nuclear Projects Manager introduced the Copeland Borough Council Nuclear Position Statements 2018 to the Board, which updated the previous versions produced in 2015.

 

It was highlighted that the purpose of the statements were to provide a consistent position to aid the Council’s engagement with the Nuclear industry, identify the range of recent developments in terms of policy drivers that have occurred at an international and national level, provide a summary of why the Nuclear Sector is important to Copeland and identify how the Nuclear sector could contribute to the Council’s strategic ambitions particularly in relation to the Council’s Growth Strategy and Copeland’s position as the focal point of the UK Centre of Nuclear Excellence.

 

During the discussion that followed, it was suggested that any updates resulting from the Oxford study should be made before being forwarded to the Executive.

 

RESOLVED:- that the Copeland Borough Council Nuclear Position Statements 2018 be endorsed and forwarded to the Executive, subject to any updates resulting from the Oxford study being made.

SN 18/6

Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) Report - Impact on Radioactive Waste Management from the UKs withdrawal from the EU and the Euratom Treaty. pdf icon PDF 367 KB

Minutes:

Members were informed of the publication of the report ‘Impact on Radioactive Waste Management from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the Euratom Treaty’ compiled by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).

 

The Board was reminded that CoRWM provides independent scrutiny and advice to the UK governments on the long-term management of higher activity radioactive wastes.

 

It was stated that in respect of radioactive waste and spent fuel management, CoRWM had not identified any major significant gaps between the current arrangements within the IUK and those that would continue to be in place post Brexit.

 

It was also stated that in the context of the safe management of spent fuel and the safe management of radioactive waste, withdrawal from the EU and the Euratom Treaty should have no major impact.

 

Members were advised that the current arrangements in place within the UK were robust and provided a comprehensive legal framework for the protection of workers, the public and the environment and was in compliance with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Joint Convention, of which the UK is a Contracting Party and was therefore subject to its requirements and the associated international scrutiny.

 

RESOLVED:- that the report be noted.

SN 18/7

Consultation on the Regulation of Nuclear Sites in the Final Stages of De-Commissioning and Clean-Up. pdf icon PDF 865 KB

Minutes:

The Board was advised of a consultation being undertaken by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on proposals to amend the legislation that underlies the regulatory framework for nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up, the closing dates for responses being 3rd July 2018.

 

During the discussion that followed, Members were concerned that any change to the end state did not include consultation with the local community.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)     the response to include that any end state change be in consultation with the local community, and

b)     sign-off of the final response be delegated to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Chair of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board and the Portfolio Holder for Nuclear and Corporate Services.

SN 18/8

NuLeAF Work Programme 2018/19. pdf icon PDF 640 KB

Minutes:

The Board were provided with an overview of the role undertaken by the Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum (NuLeAF) and considered the draft NuLeAF work programme for 2018/19.

 

Members were of the opinion that NuLeAF was a useful body to be involved with and that Copeland’s views were well represented. The Board felt that they received value for money by being members of NuLeAF.  

 

RESOLVED: that 

a)     the draft NuLeAF work programme for 2018/19 be noted, and

b)     support for continued membership be agreed. 

 

SN 18/9

Nuclear Projects Update. pdf icon PDF 709 KB

Minutes:

The Board members were advised by the Interim Nuclear Projects Manager that there was nothing of significance to update them on regarding the Moorside project and the North-West Coast Connections Project.

 

Members were also advised that Government consultation on ‘Implementing Geological Disposal’ and ‘Working with Communities’ had taken place and the Council had responded.

Government had commenced an internal scrutiny process of the proposals and on 25 May 2018, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched an inquiry and call for evidence into nuclear waste disposal through the draft National Policy Statement. Copeland had made a response and included a request that the Council make a verbal response at the enquiry.

 

RESOLVED: that  

a)     The current position in relation to the Moorside project and the North-West Coast Connections Project be noted, and

b)     In relation to GDF, the submission of the Council response to the Government’s call for evidence be noted.  

 

SN 18/10

Planning update

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments at Sellafield Limited.

 

RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.

 

SN 18/11

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be held on Tuesday 7 August 2018 at 2:00pm, in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Whitehaven.

 

 

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