§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he will take to ensure that the current discharge of krypton to the atmosphere by the British Nuclear Fuels Limited reprocessing plant at Sellafield is stopped; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
Aerial discharges, including krypton, are subject to strict limits and conditions in the certificate of authorisation under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960. The limits are set to ensure no member of the public receives a radiation dose as a result of these discharges in excess of the recommended safety levels.
Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food are currently considering an application made by BNFL for the revision of this authorisation, I would not wish to pre-empt their deliberations nor the statutory public consultative process at this time.