Prove you’re safe

Bangor Mail - - WEEKLY PUZZLES -

THE de­vel­oper be­hind Wylfa Newydd will have to show how it will min­imise ra­dioac­tive waste as a con­sul­ta­tion is launched.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales (NRW) is ask­ing peo­ple for their views on Hori­zon Nu­clear Power Wylfa Ltd’s ap­pli­ca­tion for an en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is for a Ra­dioac­tive Sub­stances Reg­u­la­tion per­mit which de­tails how Hori­zon will man­age, dis­charge, trans­fer and dis­pose of ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial and waste from the power sta­tion.

As part of the process NRW is hold­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the con­tent of ap­pli­ca­tion.

To be granted this per­mit Hori­zon must demon­strate how it will min­imise the amount of ra­dioac­tive waste it gen­er­ates and dis­charges.

If NRW be­lieves the com­pany could do more to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, or hasn’t pro­vided enough in­forma- tion on how it plans to do so, it can refuse to is­sue a per­mit.

Tim Jones, ex­ec­u­tive Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales’ director of op­er­a­tions for North and Mid Wales, said: “We will carry out a thor­ough as­sess­ment of Hori­zon’s pro­pos­als to see if they con­tain suf­fi­cient safe­guards to pro­tect peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment be­fore de­cid­ing whether to is­sue a per­mit or refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We will con­sider all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion raised dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion and we would value hear­ing peo­ple’s views.

“We only is­sue a per­mit if we are wholly sat­is­fied that the com­pany’s plans prove they will op­er­ate safely, with­out harm­ing the en­vi­ron­ment or lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

Hori­zon Nu­clear Power is cur­rently await­ing reg­u­la­tor ap­proval for its re­ac­tor tech­nol­ogy while it is also set to sub­mit plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for the plant and sup­port­ing works and in­fra­struc­ture.

Un­der the cur­rent timescales Wylfa Newydd is due to be­gin gen­er­at­ing in the mid-2020s.

Peo­ple are be­ing asked for their views on Hori­zon Nu­clear Power Wylfa Ltd’s ap­pli­ca­tion for an en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit

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