Radioactive waste—geological disposal facilities
Produced in partnership with Paul Butcher of Herbert Smith Freehills

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Paul Butcher of Herbert Smith Freehills provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Radioactive waste—geological disposal facilities
  • Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector
  • Introduction—current status of nuclear disposal in the UK
  • Governance of the GDF
  • Office for Nuclear Regulations (ONR)
  • Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM)
  • The Environment Agency (EA)
  • Primary legislation
  • Environmental legislation
  • Planning legislation
  • More...

Radioactive waste—geological disposal facilities

Brexit impact—Euratom and the UK Nuclear Sector

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State. However, at this point in time, the UK entered a transition/implementation period during which it continued to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. The UK’s exit from the EU also meant the UK’s exit from the Euratom Community. 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. The UK’s exit from the EU also meant the UK’s exit from Euratom. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

On 24 December 2020, the UK government announced it had agreed the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA), which is supplemented by a number of associated declarations and agreements including a separate Nuclear Co-operation Agreement (NCA) with the EU/Euratom. It also contains a number of placeholders and commitments in respect of further agreements to follow. For more information on the TCA and the NCA, see Practice Note: EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement—quick guide and News Analysis: Energy markets in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

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