Saffron Price-Finnerty, Interim Manager for the Nuclear Regulation Group North, explains how our nuclear regulators and assessors have been continuing their work regulating the nuclear industry in Cumbria. The coronavirus pandemic has been affecting every aspect of our lives since January 2020. At the Environment Agency we have continued our work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development during this challenging period. Cumbria is home to several nationally significant nuclear facilities. The Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) is a purpose-built facility which receives much of the UK’s lower-hazard radioactive waste for disposal. Further up the coast is Sellafield which has recently entered a new phase of its lifecycle with decommissioning and environmental remediation now the dominant activities, as well as the ongoing safe storage of radioactive waste. Cumbria is also being explored as a potential site for new nuclear facilities.
Environment Agency 1st April 2021 read more »