NFLA Scotland writes to the Scottish Government over concerns with the Dounreay decommissioning contract, and urges a halt to redundancies. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum has written to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, over concerns it has with the operation of the Dounreay nuclear decommissioning contract, following recent revelations made in a BBC Radio 4 documentary. In August, the Cabinet Secretary raised serious concerns about the environmental and safety record of the Dounreay nuclear plant in a letter to the UK energy minister Richard Harrington. The letter complained of a disappointing lack of progress across a range of projects, and how that sits oddly with the planned and significant reduction in workforce at the site. NFLA notes that shortcomings in safety performance at Dounreay were also identified in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) annual report and criticism of the environmental management at the plant by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. A recent BBC Radio 4 ‘File on Four’ documentary has amplified these concerns for NFLA Scotland. Earlier this year the High Court in London decided that the NDA had acted unlawfully in the way it conducted the tendering process for the contract to decommission the UK’s closed Magnox nuclear reactors – including the Hunterston A and Chapelcross reactor sites. The contract was wrongly awarded to the Cavendish Fluor Partnership. The NDA was forced to pay the losing bidders – a consortium of Energy Solutions and Bechtel – £97m in compensation. Adding other costs such as the £8.5m cost of fighting the case in court, the National Audit Office says it brought the total cost to the taxpayer of this fiasco to £122m. In the documentary, the BBC revealed that Energy Solutions believed that, just like with the Magnox contract, the contract process for the Dounreay bid was “fudged”. Energy Solutions did not go to Court at the time because it did not want to upset the NDA and ruin its own chances of winning the Magnox contract.

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The Caithness skyline over Dounreay is to change forever as the £1.6billion clean-up of the nuclear plant – including demolishing the iconic golf ball – enters its final phase. A planning application for the third and last stage of the decommissioning and remediation work at the site has been lodged with Highland Council. Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) has revealed the intricate details of the complex work that lies ahead, and has pledged to leave the land as close to how it looked prior to the power station being built in the 1950s. Three nuclear reactor buildings are to be razed to the ground over the coming years.

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Published: 14 November 2017