Infrastructure Update: Written statement

The government has formally designated its national policy statement (NPS) for geological disposal, setting out the national need for underground nuclear waste infrastructure and the criteria against which the energy secretary would decide development consent order applications for such a facility.

The statement confirms that the NPS for Geological Disposal Infrastructure sets out the need for such disposal infrastructure to safely and securely manage the UK’s higher activity radioactive wastes. The NPS is stated to provide an appropriate and effective framework for the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to examine and make decisions on development consent applications for geological disposal infrastructure in England.

Date: October 2019 Date of designation

Author: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This item updates DCP section 26.435

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