Guidance

Regulatory position statement: the management of radioactive items found in scrap metal

Metal recycling sites do not have to obtain a permit for radioactive waste found in scrap metal if they meet the requirements of this regulatory position statement.

Documents

RPS 155_15: The management of radioactive items found in scrap metal

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Any organisation receiving, storing or disposing of radioactive waste needs a permit under the Environmental Permitting Regulations for a radioactive substances activity, unless the waste is exempt. In the case of radioactive waste that is found in scrap metal we do not require the site operator to obtain a permit if they comply with the requirements of regulatory position statement 155_15. The requirements are: 1. bringing the waste under a system of control and keeping it safe and secure until it can be disposed of 2. notifying the Environment Agency of the discovery of the radioactive waste 3. disposing of the radioactive waste within 6 months by a disposal route agreed with the Environment Agency

Published 18 May 2016