Management of radioactive substances at nuclear sites regulatory position

A temporary regulatory position statement to support the management of radioactive substances at nuclear sites during the COVID-19 public health emergency has been developed for sites in Scotland.

We recognise that during a significant outbreak of COVID-19 the ability of operators to run their operations may be compromised by a lack of available staff, the need to protect staff and minimise transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

During this period, we expect regulated businesses to make their best endeavours to meet their environmental obligations and are helping regulated businesses to adjust and adapt recognising that resources and capacities are severely constrained.

SEPA is responsible for the regulation of radioactive discharges and radioactive waste disposal from nuclear and other sites. The safe operation of nuclear sites is primarily the responsibility of the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

We have created a temporary regulatory position statement that applies to authorisations for the management of radioactive substances on nuclear sites in Scotland, which includes Ministry of Defence sites and the Dounreay Low Level Waste Facility. This also applies to authorisations for the management of radioactive substances held by tenants located on nuclear sites during the during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Management of radioactive substances at nuclear sites regulatory position

Contact information

Let us know as soon as possible if you think that you may not be able to comply with the conditions of your authorisation.

You should advise both your site inspector, by normal routes, and email rsnotifications@sepa.org.uk with details of the circumstances and any alternative arrangements that you are putting in place in accordance with standard condition A9.