HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 cc211-2W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the nuclear sites operated by(a) BNFL, (b) the UKAEA and (c) British Energy which contain areas of radioactively contaminated land; and what steps have been taken to remediate contaminated areas on each respective site. [156400]

Mr. Hain

BNFL operates nuclear licensed sites at Sellafield, Springfields, Capenhurst, Drigg, and Chapelcross and Hunterston A nuclear power stations. Magnox Electric plc (a subsidiary of BNFL) operates Sizewell A, Bradwell, Dungeness A, Oldbury, Berkeley, Hinkley Point A, Wylfa and Trawsfynydd nuclear power stations.

British Energy operates Torness, Hunterston B, Hartlepool, Sizewell B, Dungeness B, Hinkley Point B, Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 nuclear power stations.

UKAEA operates sites at Dounreay, Harwell, Windscale and Winfrith.

I understand from HSE that all these sites may have areas of radioactively contaminated land. Nuclear site licensees are responsible for the safe management of all radioactive material on their sites. They are also required to manage areas of contaminated land in accordance with the conditions of the nuclear site licence so that such areas do not present a hazard to the work force or to the public. I understand that BNFL, BE and UKAEA will write to my hon. Friend shortly with information on their contamination remediation procedures.