Successful businesses in future will be those that use low amounts of water, materials and carbon-based energy and create little waste. Prosperous societies will be comprised of these businesses. The nuclear power generation and decommissioning sector, as would be expected, is a tightly regulated sector. In Scotland, there are very high levels of compliance with environment protection laws. SEPA is determined that this compliance performance will continue.
The nuclear power generation and decommissioning sector comprises two power stations that generate electricity using a nuclear reactor (Hunterston B and Torness), a former research facility (Dounreay) and two former power stations that are undergoing decommissioning (Chapelcross and Hunterston A).
The sector plan presents our vision for the sector and sets out actions to maintain the current high levels of compliance and continue to go beyond compliance.
Radioactive substances activities
SEPA regulates the nuclear power generation and decommissioning sector for its radioactive substances activities involving the management of radioactive waste under the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (EASR). SEPA regulates how nuclear sites manage radioactive waste, including the receipt of radioactive waste from other sites, the treatment, storage, transfer and disposal of radioactive waste.
SEPA also regulates other activities in the nuclear sector.
In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world, by signing Scotland up to the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. These global goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all. This vision is underpinned by SEPA’s own regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity, which aims to deliver environmental protection and improvement in ways which help communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.
Scotland’s businesses have a critical role to play in leading Scotland’s contribution to achieving SDGs. Through our sector plans, we have identified opportunities that will work towards achieving the goals and help realise the economic benefit of increased resource efficiency, innovation and resilience.
The actions set out in the Nuclear Power Generation and Decommissioning Sector Plan contribute towards UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.