The UK is a signatory to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (the ‘OSPAR Convention’). The OSPAR Convention identifies threats to the marine environment and organises programmes and measures designed to ensure effective national action to combat them. One of the key work areas of OSPAR is on radioactive substances.
The 2009 Radioactive Discharges Strategy alongside the OSPAR Radioactive Substances Strategy, aims to prevent pollution of the OSPAR maritime area (the North East Atlantic) from radiation through progressive and substantial reductions of discharges, emissions and losses of radioactive substances.
The 2018 Review shows the UK is making good progress towards achieving the outcomes in the 2009 strategy, and that the UK is contributing towards meeting the objectives of the OSPAR strategy.