Protecting the environment and human health from operational discharges
Nuclear operations can potentially impact the environment and human health from operational discharges, waste management and disposal and from activities associated with construction and decommissioning. Negative effects to the environment and human health need to be avoided or minimised by ensuring compliance with threshold limits and best practice management principles.
The Environmental Permitting regime as defined in England and Wales, and respective legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland requires operators to obtain permits for some facilities, to register others as exempt and provides for ongoing supervision by the UK environmental regulators (e.g. EA, SEPA, NRW and NIEA). Under an environmental permitting regime, its associated guidance and standards, operators are required to:
Specifically for radioactive substances the following approach is adopted:
Environmental Compliance with the environmental permitting regimes applied across the UK is a statutory requirement. The environmental permitting regimes are applied to activities that could harm the environment or human health unless they are controlled. Effective Environmental Compliance by operators helps ensure:
TÜV SÜD Nuclear Technologies Division's Environmental Team have a proven technical and operational capability and the practical experience, coupled with a flexible and scalable capacity to provide the following Environmental Permitting and Compliance services:
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