Radioactive Substances Regulation—non-nuclear sites
Produced in partnership with Ian Truman of Burges Salmon
Radioactive Substances Regulation—non-nuclear sites

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Ian Truman of Burges Salmon provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Radioactive Substances Regulation—non-nuclear sites
  • Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector
  • Basic Safety Standards
  • High activity sealed sources
  • Euratom

Certain activities involving the receipt, storage, use and disposal of radioactive material and radioactive waste are governed by an environmental permit issued under Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154, Sch 23. Such permits known as Radioactive Substance Regulation or ‘RSR’ permits authorise an operator to carry out a ‘radioactive substances activity’ on their site.

While the accumulation of radioactive waste on nuclear sites (normally the site of a nuclear reactor or other nuclear installations) is governed under the terms of a nuclear site licence issued by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, the receipt and disposal of radioactive waste from such sites is regulated by the Environment Agency under an RSR permit. For more on this, see Practice Note: Outline of nuclear regulation and for more on nuclear site licences, see Practice Note: Operating under a nuclear site licence.

The majority of RSR permits, however, regulate the keeping, use or disposal of radioactive materials at non-nuclear facilities such as hospitals, universities and industrial sites.

Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector

This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at 11 pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it