The Environment Agency welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department for Energy and Climate Change consultation on Draft Regulations under the Energy Act 2008 on Funded Decommissioning and Waste Management Programmes. We are aware that this consultation is continuing under the new Government.
The Environment Agency endorses the Energy Act 2008 requirements that operators of any new nuclear power stations must have approved Funded Decommissioning and Waste Management Programmes (FDP) that would provide funding to decommission the power station, to manage and dispose of its spent fuel and radioactive wastes and to restore the site for future use. We believe that securing sufficient funds over the generating lifetime of any new power station is essential to avoid the problems of unfunded liabilities that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is now dealing with.
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