Following the amendments of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (in Scotland and Northern Ireland) and of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2010 (in England and Wales) there were changes to the numerical values at which wastes were classified as radioactive wastes.
A guidance document on the scope of the exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation in the UK was published to help users of radioactive materials follow the new regime.
The Nuclear Industry’s Clearance and Exemption Working Group (CEWG) have published their own code of practice on this subject titled ”Clearance and Radiological Sentencing: Principles, Processes and Practices for Use by the Nuclear Industry.”
This code of practice details the principles, processes and practices that should be used in a management system when determining whether an article, material or waste may be released from any further controls on the basis of its radioactive content. It identifies approaches to segregating radioactive or potentially radioactive substances from non-radioactive (or ‘out of scope’) substances and articles. It provides a framework to support and assist clearance and sentencing decision making.
Although it has been written with the Nuclear Industry in mind there are many aspects of this document that are just as applicable to many other sectors that work with radioactive materials. Your Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) should be fully aware of how to apply this legislation and can you give support and assistance on these matters.