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Dear Radioactive Waste Management Limited,

Please could you provide details and content of all correspondence (paper, electronic, email and telephonic) between Radioactive Waste Management Limited and all officers and councillors of Lincolnshire County Council. Time range 2016 to present day.

Yours faithfully,

David Hall

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Thank you for contacting Radioactive Waste Management (RWM).

 

Please note that following UK Government advice for COVID-19, the
Enquiries line  is working remotely. Over this period it may take us a
little longer to acknowledge and respond to your email. We appreciate your
patience during this difficult time.

Under normal circumstances we aim to respond to enquiries quickly and
efficiently, with an acknowledgement being issued within 3 working days of
being received.

  

In the interim if you would like more information regarding our work with
communities, the siting process, RWM or the Geological Disposal Facility
(GDF) please visit us at:  [1]https://geologicaldisposal.campaign.gov....

    

Again, thank you for your contact and you will hear back from us very
soon.

 

Kind regards

 

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References

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1. https://geologicaldisposal.campaign.gov....

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Thank you for contacting GDF Enquiries.

 

Please note that following UK Government advice for COVID-19, the GDF
Enquiries line  is working remotely. Over this period it may take us a
little longer to acknowledge and respond to
your email. We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

Under normal circumstances we aim to respond to enquiries quickly and
efficiently, with an acknowledgement being issued within 5 working days of
being received.

  

In the interim if you would like more information regarding our work with
communities, the siting process, RWM or the Geological Disposal Facility
(GDF) please visit us at:  [1]https://geologicaldisposal.campaign.gov....

    

Again, thank you for your contact and you will hear back from us very
soon.

 

Kind regards

 

GDF Enquiries Team

References

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1. https://geologicaldisposal.campaign.gov....

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Dear David Hall,

 

Case Ref: 1962

 

Thank you for your information request which we received on 30 July.

 

We are considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act and
will respond as quickly as possible and no later than 27 August.

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications related to this request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jane Ivey

Freedom of Information Manager

Information Governance

 

W: [1]gov.uk/rwm - [2]Geological Disposal

 

[3]Twitter and [4]LinkedIn

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Radioactive Waste Management Limited is a limited company registered in
England and Wales with registered number 8920190. Registered office:
Building 329 West Thomson Avenue, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, England, OX11
0GD.

 

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

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Dear David Hall,

 

Case Ref: FOI 01962

 

Thank you for your information request which we received on 30 July for
the following:

 

Please could you provide details and content of all correspondence (paper,
electronic, email and telephonic) between Radioactive Waste Management
Limited and all officers and councillors of Lincolnshire County Council.
Time range 2016 to present day.

 

I have treated your request under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (the EIRs) as the information requested is environmental
according to the definition in regulation 2 of the EIRs. Section 39 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides an exemption for environmental
information and requires us to consider it under the EIRs. 

 

I can confirm that Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) holds information
that falls in scope of your request.

 

It might be helpful if I provide context to the information that you have
requested. The correspondence relates to initial discussions which have
taken place as a very early part of a process to identify a willing host
community with a suitable site for a geological disposal facility (GDF).
These discussions can be initiated by anyone or any group of people with
an interest in the siting process. They are the first steps in the full
siting process and are held on the understanding that they will remain
confidential until such time that the interested party and RWM decide
whether or not to form a working group and begin the process of community
engagement and local decision making. This is set out in the government’s
policy “Implementing Geological Disposal - Working with Communities.” The
policy is available on the GOV.UK website here:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

 

We do not consider that it is in the wider public interest to disclose
information about initial discussions. This is because it would reduce the
possibility of other interested parties coming forward in future if they
thought that this information would be automatically made public.

 

In this case, RWM’s discussions with Lincolnshire County Council are still
at an early stage. We have published some information on our website here:
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rwm-i....

 

As these discussions are held on a confidential basis, we have considered
your request and decided not to release the information, on the basis of
the exception set out in the EIRs below.

 

Regulation 12(4)(d) – Material in the course of completion, unfinished
documents and incomplete data

 

Regulation 12(4)(d) of the EIRs allows a public authority to refuse to
disclose information if it relates to material which is still in the
course of completion, unfinished documents or incomplete data. Guidance
issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office states that this exception
would cover information where a public authority is formulating and
developing policy.

 

RWM is in early-stage discussions with Lincolnshire County Council to
answer questions, provide information and see if they are interested in
forming or joining a local Working Group which could begin discussions
about the potential for further involvement in the consent-based process
to identify a location for a geological disposal facility. As explained
above, these discussions are held on an understanding of confidentiality
as stated in the Government policy “Implementing Geological Disposal -
Working with Communities” to allow public authorities to have a ‘thinking
space’ for policy development. The requested information does not include
approved or agreed measures and is part of a process that is yet to be
finalised. We therefore consider the exception is engaged.

 

If the Council and RWM agree to move forward to form a Working Group, this
would be announced publicly and further information about the project
would then be published to open engagement with the local community.

 

Public Interest Test

 

All exceptions to the requirement to disclose environmental information
under the EIRs are subject to a Public Interest Test which means that we
need to consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exception
outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. We have
considered the factors for and against releasing the information and
consider that the factors for not releasing the information outweigh those
for disclosure.

 

A fuller explanation of how we’ve applied the public interest test is set
out in Annex A attached to this email.

 

If you are unhappy with the way in which RWM has dealt with your request,
you have the right to require us to review our actions and decisions. If
you wish to request a review, please write to me at
[3][RWM request email] within 40 working days of receipt of this
response. You will receive a full response to your request for review
within 20 working days of its receipt.

 

Please remember to quote ref FOI 01962 in any correspondence about this
request.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[4]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Kind regards,

 

Jane Ivey

Freedom of Information Manager

Information Governance

 

W: [5]gov.uk/rwm - [6]Geological Disposal

 

[7]Twitter and [8]LinkedIn

[9]Sign up to our e-bulletin

 

[10]RWM_Logotype_CMYK standard size

 

Radioactive Waste Management Limited is a limited company registered in
England and Wales with registered number 8920190. Registered office:
Building 329 West Thomson Avenue, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, England, OX11
0GD.

 

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

 

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