Hinkly Point C: [Nuclear] Waste Transfer Contract

Darryl J Lee (Mr.) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department of Energy and Climate Change

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Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

Dear Department of Energy and Climate Change,

1. Have any contracts, or a single contract, (conditional or otherwise) for the provision of:
"a radioactive waste disposal service" and / or for
"the provision of a radioactive waste transportation service" and / or
"where the responsibility for the management or security of radioactive waste is to be transferred (including in part"
been drafted where any public body (or bodies) is/are a party/parties to that contract (or contracts) - where (under any provision/s of any contract/s) the radioactive waste(s) that are to be disposed of, or are to be transported, or managed or secured is waste that will or may come from the planned nuclear power reactors to be built at Hinckley in Somerset?

2. And if so; please disclose that contract or those contracts.

Yours faithfully,

Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

correspondence@bis.ecase.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Requests,

DECC Ref: FOI2016/14114

Dear Mr Lee

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 9th June.
Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at the
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to deal with.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and/or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
and we will reply at the latest by 7th July

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Dear Mr Lee

Please see the attached reply from DECC to your request - DECC ref FOI2016/14114.

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Dear Department of Energy and Climate Change,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Energy and Climate Change's handling of my FOI request 'Hinkly Point C: [Nuclear] Waste Transfer Contract'.

I fear my request for information about a contract to dispose of radioactive waste from HPC may have answered incorrectly.
I asked whether a contract had been agreed where any party was a public body or department pursuant to which radioactive waste from HPC would be disposed of.

You refused my request on grounds allowed for the EIRs.

However, you explain the reason why you can not confirm that a contract has been agreed is because it has not been signed yet or has not come into force. You tell me that the reason why you are unable to confirm a contract has been agreed was that contractual information has been supplied by the parties that you identify in confidence subject to a non-disclosure agreement. You explain that The Government (likely to mean The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and subsidiaries) have agreed to "take responsibility" for the radioactive (that will come from HPC that is to be disposed of) and that the Government will charge a fee to EDF for that service. So by explaining why you can not confirm a contrast exists you have confirmed that a contract exists.

You may have missed the point of my question. I asked if a contract exists where the provision of a disposal service of radioactive waste (which includes HAW and spent nuclear fuel and other nuclear matter) will be provided.

"Disposal" and Disposed of" have a precise meaning in this context. There is no "Disposal" Facility in The UK at present nor is one likely to be ready in the coming decade and perhaps two decades. There is some evidence that no Geological Disposal Facility will be operational in the next 40 years.

In case my request has been answered incorrectly, please can you confirm that a contract does exist (whether signed or not) where one party will provide a route to DISPOSAL of Higher Activity Waste from Hinkley Point C?

Thank you

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

Darryl J Lee (Mr.)

correspondence@bis.ecase.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Requests,

DECC ref: FOI2016/14114

Dear Mr Lee

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 6th July.
Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at the
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to deal with.

In line with the Information Commissioners guidance, internal reviews
should be responded to within 20 working days unless they are complex, in
which case a response should be sent within 40 working days. Please be
aware that this does not include weekends and bank holidays. The
Department aims to respond to requests for internal reviews as quickly as
possible. We hope to be in contact with you again shortly with a decision
on your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights Unit at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
who provide a shared service to DECC.

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communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills | 1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET | www.gov.uk/bis |
[email address] | BIS have a shared service level agreement
with DECC to process and advise on their FOI requests

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difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
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FOI Requests,

Dear Mr Lee

Thank you for your email of 6 July 2016 regarding DECC FOI2016/14114.

In that message you asked “if a contract exists where the provision of a disposal service of radioactive waste (which includes HAW and spent nuclear fuel and other nuclear matter) will be provided.”

We can confirm that subject to completion of the other aspects of the transaction for the Hinkley Point C power station, the Government expects to enter into Waste Transfer Contracts with EDF which set out the terms on which Government will take title to and liability for the spent fuel and intermediate level waste from the Hinkley Point C power station. These contracts require the Government to provide a waste disposal service to the operator, for which the operator will pay.

We hope this answers your question. However, if you still wish to request an internal review of the DECC reply please confirm that is how you would like us to proceed.

Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit (DECC Shared Service)
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET
www.gov.uk/bis

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Dear FOI Requests,

You need not conduct an internal review in light of your clarification and confirmation received.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Darryl J Lee (Mr.)