The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Begonia Filgueira of Foot Anstey provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The principal legislation governing the keeping, use, accumulation and disposal of radioactive substances (including radiation sources and radioactive waste) is found in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 SI 2016/1154 (EPR 2016), the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999, SI 1999/3232.
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 govern the transport of radioactive materials by road. See Practice Note: Transporting dangerous goods.
Radioactive substances activities include the keeping or using of radioactive material, receiving, accumulating or disposing of radioactive waste or keeping or using mobile radioactive apparatus.
An operator will normally require an environmental permit to carry out these activities, unless outside of the scope of the EPR 2016 or exempted.
The definition of radioactive materials is a technical one and includes materials which are not waste and which satisfy the following requirements:
arises from, is used in or is contaminated by a substance or article in a type 1 or 2 naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) industrial activity and has a concentration of radioactivity which exceeds:
for solids and relevant liquids, the values specified in the EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154, Sch 23 Pt 3 Table 1 column 2
for other liquids, the
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