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Drigg
French State Owned AREVA, Swedish Studsvik & California URS “Self Monitor” Radioactive Waste Gaseous Emissions in the UK at Drigg Radioactive waste dump, which they operate. Scandal-ridden AREVA would be bankrupt, if it were not a French State owned company, supported by the French taxpayer (and apparently the British and US taxpayer).

Two of the consortium members running the Drigg radioactive waste dump – URS and AREVA- are consortium members at the WIPP nuclear waste dump which has had major problems with emissions of radiation into the air.
WIPP 22 May 2014
WIPP nuclear waste accident led to unplanned gaseous radioactive emissions
Since that time URS was sold to AECOM (finalized Oct. 2014), also of California.

UK Environmental Agency Response to Marianne of Radiation Free Lakeland:
From: CMBLNC Info Requests
Environment Agency
19 January 2016

Dear Marianne

Enquiry regarding Who Monitors Drigg Radioactive Waste Site

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 27 December 2015.

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004…

1. Are independent assessors monitoring the gaseous and liquid
emissions from the Drigg site on a daily basis?

It is a requirement of the Environmental Permit (EPR/YP3293SA) that LLW Repository Ltd, the operators of the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) near Drigg, maintain a comprehensive, documented monitoring programme for all permitted discharges and the environment around the site. The
operators monitoring programme must demonstrate the use of best available techniques and compliance with the conditions of the permit, so as to protect members of the public and the environment.

The monitoring programme undertaken by the operator is not assessed by check monitoring on a daily basis. However, checks of aqueous discharges are carried out periodically. Gaseous discharges are not independently
monitored
as both the current and historical data has shown them to be very low.

The operator submits to us, for our independent assessment, an annual report covering their monitoring programme. In addition to this, as part of our routine regulation of the site we require the operator to notify us, without delay, of monitoring result deviations, or changes to sampling, or analytical methods. Should we consider it necessary and proportionate to the risk we can arrange our own independent monitoring
where required.

The specific requirements and specifications placed by the Environment Agency on the operators monitoring programme can be found in the document accompanying issue of the environmental permit, the “Compilation of Environment Agency Requirements, Approvals and Specifications made under Permit Number EPR/YP3293SA” and issued to LLW Repository Ltd.

Results of independent check monitoring taken from the vicinity of the LLWR site are published annually by the Food Standards Agency and the UK environment agencies in the document “Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) Report”.

2. Does the Environment Agency use documentation from the industry for monitoring?

Yes, the Environment Agency does use documentation from the industry for monitoring. The environmental permit for the LLWR near Drigg requires the permit holder (LLW Repository Ltd) to develop and implement comprehensive environmental monitoring provision and to take samples and conduct measurements, tests, surveys, analyses and calculations to determine compliance with the conditions of the permit. These requirements cover all
aspects of the design, operation and quality assurance of the monitoring programme. As noted in our response to question 1 above, the specific detail of our requirements and specifications for the operators monitoring programme can be found in the document accompanying our environmental permit, the “Compilation of Environment Agency Requirements, Approvals and Specifications made under Permit Number EPR/YP3293SA” and issued to LLW Repository Limited.

Furthermore, we expect the operator to undertake their monitoring and reporting activities in accordance with the following two regulatory technical guidance documents:

o Radiological Monitoring Technical Guidance Note 1: Standardised
Reporting of Radioactive Discharges from Nuclear Sites. May 2010
([1]http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/101584/radi…)
o Radiological Monitoring Technical Guidance Note 2: Environmental
Radiological Monitoring. December2010
([2]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy…)

In addition to the above, as part of our routine, independent, regulatory activity we will check monitoring information reported to us and inspect the operator to ensure that LLW Repository Ltd has mechanisms in place to inform us in a timely manner of any significant changes to monitoring results or failures to undertake monitoring. Monitoring procedures
produced by LLW Repository Ltd are compared against industry and international best practice. We periodically review and inspect against the monitoring undertaken by LLW Repository Ltd and the documentation they use.

3. Are Energy Solutions and other companies involved in nuclear
decommissioning and reprocessing also involved in running the Drigg site? And does the Environment Agency see this as a conflict of interest?

The Site Licence Company, LLW Repository Ltd, which operates the LLWR, is managed on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) by UK Nuclear Waste Management Ltd. UK Nuclear Waste Management Ltd is referred to as the Parent Body Organisation (PBO) of LLW Repository Ltd and is a
consortium led by URS, Studsvik UK, and Areva,

The Environment Agency does not see this as a conflict of interest as the site operator is required to comply with the condition of the permit whosoever that operator may be.

Yours Sincerely

Mark

Mark Goucher | Customers and Engagement Officer
Customers and Engagement Team | Cumbria and Lancashire
Environment Agency | Richard Fairclough House, Knutsford Road, Warrington
WA4 1HT
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Marianne Birkby left an annotation (19 January 2016)
The EA rely on the industry’s own monitoring and companies generating nuclear waste are also responsible for monitoring and dumping that waste.

Read more here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/who_monitors_drigg_radioactive_w

In this Drigg Consortium list Serco Assurance is also mentioned: “UK Nuclear Waste Management Ltd – the consortium led by URS – Washington Division and including Studsvik, Areva and Serco Assurance were awarded the contract on 31 March 2008.
http://www.nda.gov.uk/contracts-and-competition/completed-competitions/ Are they still involved? This appears to be the notorious UK Serco: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serco

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