Atmospheric discharges of DU from VJ Battery at Eskmeals Firing Range, Cumbria

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Dear Environment Agency,

I would like to see copies of the letters of agreement from the Environment Agency and predecessor to the Ministry of Defence for the atmospheric discharges of depleted uranium from VJ Battery at Eskmeals Firing Range, Cumbria.

Yours faithfully,

Aneaka Kellay

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Fred WP Dawson left an annotation ()

The Radioactive Substances Act is diss-applied to far as the MOD is concernedThere are NO letters of Agreement for discharge of DU at Eskemeals and is in breach of its own policy to seek them.

" "letters of agreement from the Environment Agency and its predecessor organisations for the MOD to discharge of depleted uranium to the environment from Eskmeals and letters of agreement from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and its predecessor organisations for the MOD to discharge of depleted uranium to the environment from Kirkcudbright."

"I am writing to advise you that the information you requested is not held. There is no licensing as such of the Ministry of Defence's depleted uranium firing activities. The procedure adopted at the outset of the depleted uranium trials programme, which is still in force, is for regulatory authorities with Health and Safety and Environmental Protection responsibilities to be involved in the design of the safety arrangements and to visit the sites as and when they wish.""

http://milconrandc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/1...

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NW North Information Requests, Environment Agency

Dear Ms Kellay

Thank you for contacting the Environment Agency, North West regarding the
atmospheric discharges of DU from VJ Battery at Eskmeals Firing Range..

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Aneaka

 

Further to your e-mail dated 8 January 2013 regarding atmospheric
discharges.

 

I passed your request to our Nuclear team and they have given me an update
on your request.  They have completed a search of all our on-site files
and have no record of "letters of agreement" with MOD with respect to
atmospheric discharges from the VJ battery at Eskmeals.  However they are
calling back in some historic documents from secure off-site storage and
will go through all those documents before providing a final response.

 

I will be in touch again when I hear anything from the team.

 

Thanks

 

Sarah

 

Sarah Rogerson

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Aneaka

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 8 January 2013 regarding atmospheric
discharges at Eskmeals Firing Range.

 

We have made a detailed and thorough search of all the files we hold
regarding the Eskmeals site, this includes records we hold on site and we
have also recalled the older records in off-site secure storage and
assessed these. We can find no record of letters of agreement between MOD
and the Environment Agency, or its predecessors, on aerial emissions from
the VJ Battery at the Eskmeals site. The majority of our regulation at
that site relates to permitting and regulation of solid waste disposal or
on the use of radioactive sources for testing purposes. We wouldn’t have
considered the firing of military weapons for test purposes from the VJ
battery as a disposal of radioactive waste and therefore not subject to
our regulatory arrangements with MOD.

 

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me.

 

Thanks

 

Sarah

 

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Fred WP Dawson left an annotation ()

Un-regulated of discharges of Depleted Uranium to the Environment at Eskmeals Cumbria

http://milconrandc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/0...

Dear NW North Information Requests,

Many thanks for your efforts taken into thoroughly searching for information regarding my request.

I would like to clarify one issue:

You note that the Environment Agency would not have considered the firing of military weapons for test purposes from the VJ battery as a disposal of radioactive waste and therefore not subject to regulatory arrangements with MOD. Although test firing weapons are not considered an activity that disposes of radioactive waste, it does entail the dispersal of radioactive and toxic material into the environment.

Does this mean that there have been no regulatory arrangements made to account for this?

If regulatory arrangements have been made between yourselves and the Ministry of Defence on this issue of the dispersal of radioactive and toxic material into the environment, I would like to see copies of arrangements made.

Yours sincerely,

Aneaka Kellay

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Aneaka

 

We confirm that the Environment Agency or its predecessor did not have any
formal regulatory arrangements in place to limit aerial dispersion from
firing of weapons at Eskmeals. There were environmental monitoring
programmes undertaken by MOD at the Eskmeals site, including monitoring
using High Volume Air Sampling Equipment. Whilst these documents are MOD
reports we do have examples of these in our files since these were shared
with the Environment Agency. I am attaching the Memorandum of
Understanding between Ministry of Defence and ourselves, I hope this
explains more clearly the regulatory responsibilities in both the main
body of the text and in the Annex relating to radioactive materials.

 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact
me.

 

Thanks

 

Sarah

 

Sarah Rogerson

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Fred WP Dawson left an annotation ()

The Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Defence and the Environment Agency shows what the position is now; but says nothing about what that the requirement for "letters of agreement"to discharge radioactive substances to the environment at the dates when the firing s took place

Dear Sarah,

Many thanks for your helpful email. The document attached only had Annex A and it looks like the piece refering to Radioactive Materials is Annex B. Annex D concerning Land contamination may also be helpful. Could you please send all of the Annex material through.

Thank you very much,

Aneaka

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Aneaka

 

Further to your e-mail received earlier today, please find attached the
additional information you requested on land contamination and radioactive
materials.

 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact
me.

 

Thanks

 

Sarah

 

Sarah Rogerson

Customer Services Officer

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