Waste conatining Radiation

Scott Cooper made this Environmental Information Regulations request to United Utilities Water PLC
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The request was successful.

Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

Please provide the following

Radiation material handled at Davyhulme treatment plant,
1. What material is handled and how is it disposed/treated.
2. Quantity of any such material brought into Davyhulme treatment plant
3. Half life of this material
4. Health and safety procedures for dealing with this type of waste a) for workers on site. b) general public who may come into contact with contaminated discharge into rivers/airborne pollutants
5. Sources where this material originates from.

Provide for 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014

Yours faithfully,

Scott Cooper

Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

My request is environmental related so this should have been replied to

Yours faithfully,

Scott Cooper

Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of United Utilities Water PLC's handling of my FOI request 'Waste conatining Radiation'.

I have not had any reply to this FOI in relation to environmental related questions

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

Yours faithfully,

Scott Cooper

Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Dear Mr Cooper
 
Re: Your request for information.
 
We write further to your request for an internal review of the request for
information dated 14th September 2015 (below).
 
Please note that as we have not previously provided you with our initial
response, this is to be treated as our first response.
 
We do however apologise for the delay, and should have communicated a need
to seek an extension to reply. Your request required detailed
consideration as to what information was held.
 
Please note our response endorsed on your extracted request below:
 
Please provide the following
 
Radiation material handled at Davyhulme treatment plant,
 
1.What material is handled and how is it disposed/treated.   
 
The reception, treatment and disposal of radioactive waste requires a
Radioactive Substances permit issued by the Environment Agency.  United
Utilities Water plc is not permitted to receive, dispose nor treat
radiation material within its plant at Davyhulme. Accordingly we do not
hold any information on this.
 
 
2. Quantity of any such material brought into Davyhulme treatment plant
 
For the above reason we do not hold a record of any quantities of material
handled.
 
 
3. Half life of this material
 
As we are not permitted to receive nor handle radiation waste in anyway,
we do not have any recorded information on this. However you may wish to
consult with the Environment Agency, which is the primary regulator when
it comes to the control of substances classified under the Radioactive
Substances Regulations. This might include any hospitals or research
laboratories that may be looking to dispose of radioactive material to the
sewer network.  The EA controls this and issue the appropriate permits. 
As the primary regulator the EA should hold the relevant information on
the substances present in the waste (half life etc..) as this would be
considered as part of their risk assessment process
 
 
4. Health and safety procedures for dealing with this type of waste  a)
for workers on site.  b) general public who may come into contact with
contaminated discharge into rivers/airborne pollutants
 
We neither confirm nor deny that we hold this information.
 
 
5. Sources where this material originates from.
 
Once again as we are not permitted to receive radioactive material we do
not hold information on actual radioactive substance sources. However as
above, you may wish to consult with the Environment Agency with regard to
any authorised discharges to our sewer network permitted by them.
 
Provide for 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014
 
 
We hope and trust that this now deals with your request for information.
 
However should you feel we have not complied with EIR in this instance,
you have a right to ask us to carry out an internal review, by writing to
David Hannon Head of Legal, United Utilities, Legal Department, Grasmere
House First Floor, Lingley Mere Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great
Sankey, Warrington, WA5 3LP. You may find it more convenient to e-mail
this directly to [United Utilities request email] and we will forward your request
for an internal review on to Mr Hannon.
 
Your request should explain why you wish a review to be carried out, and
should be made within 40 working days of receipt of this letter, and we
will reply within 20 working days of receipt. If you are not satisfied
with the result of the review, you then have the right to make a formal
complaint to the Information Commissioner.
 
Finally, kindly acknowledge receipt by return of e-mail.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Rajat Jain
Data Protection & Fraud
Legal Department
United Utilities 
unitedutilities.com
 

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Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of United Utilities Water PLC's handling of my FOI request 'Waste conatining Radiation'.

In your response you say that UU have not handled any waste containing radiation, this is untrue as you accepted waste from a shale gas well in Preese Hall, Blackpool around 2010/2011

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

Yours faithfully,

Scott Cooper

Dear Jain, Rajat,
Still waiting for a reply to my internal review and I understand the time has elapsed

Yours sincerely,

Scott Cooper

Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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SENT ON BEHALF OF MR DAVID HANNON

Dear Mr Cooper

Thank you for your further e-mail of the 25th February 2016.

Please be advised that under EIR Regulation 11(4) we have up until 40 working days by which Mr Hannon must respond.

Based on the premise that your e-mail arrived on Saturday 23rd January 2016 timed at 21:03 hours, we therefore calculate this to be 18th March 2016.

Yours sincerely


Rajat Jain
Regulatory Solicitor
Data Protection & Fraud
Legal Department
United Utilities 
unitedutilities.com

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Dear Jain, Rajat,

Hi
It has now passed 18th March as you stated that is the time frame you have to respond and you have not respondef

Yours sincerely,

Scott Cooper

Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Dear Mr Cooper
 
We refer to your request for an internal review.
 
We apologise for the delay. Rest-assured we are working on this, and hope
to be in a position to revert to you shortly
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Rajat Jain
Regulatory Solicitor
Data Protection & Fraud
Legal Department
United Utilities 
unitedutilities.com
 
 
 

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Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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By e-mail only: [1][FOI #292030 email]

 

 

Dear Sir

 

We regret to note that you made a query with us and unfortunately due to a
clerical oversight, you did not receive a formal response.

 

Please note that we have treated your request for information under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004. (EIR)

 

First and foremost we apologise for this.

 

Secondly, whilst we are unsure whether you still require the information,
please note our responses endorsed on your request as below in any event.
We have broken down specific parts of your request into separate questions
so that we can respond more clearly.

 

“Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

 

i wish to know in view of the current parasite infected water crisis
affecting the residents of Chorley and surrounding areas.

 

Please note that we don’t really accept this has been a crisis. We have
publicly declared that we detected Cryprosporidium in the water and this
has been classed as a parasite. It was widely reported as a crisis in the
media, but we believe that we managed and continue to manage it
effectively.

 

·         Did United Utilities supply bottled water free of charge to any
individuals or institutions during the crisis and if so who was supplied
how and why was the decision made to supply these and not everyone and how
much was spent on this

 

Yes, we confirm that we supplied bottled water free of charge to
vulnerable individuals, and insitutions including all educational
establishments as they returned from the summer break.

 

·         also do individuals have the right to claim compensation
directly from united utilities  if affected by illness during this time
for illness and lost of work,  ( this being documented by a qualified
medical practitioner) and if so have any individuals done so what is the
average cost to united utilities per case”

 

Please note that we don’t really consider this part of your request to be
environmental information under EIR. However we can advise that anyone has
the right to pursue any claim they wish and that is a matter of individual
judgement. We would deal with each individual claim on its merits.   

 

We do however hope and trust that this now assists in your enquiries.

 

Barring the delay, which we accept, should you not feel that we have
adequately complied with our obligations under EIR, you have the right to
ask us to carry out an internal review, by writing to David Hannon Head of
Legal, United Utilities, Legal Department, Grasmere House First Floor,
Lingley Mere Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great Sankey,
Warrington, WA5 3LP. Alternatively, you may find it easier to e-mail us
directly on [2][United Utilities request email]  and your review request will be
forwarded on to Mr Hannon.

 

Your request for review should explain why you wish a review to be carried
out, and should be made within 40 working days of receipt of this letter,
and we will reply within 20 working days of receipt. If you are not
satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to make a
formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.

 

Finally, kindly acknowledge receipt by return of e-mail.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Rajat Jain

Regulatory Solicitor

Data Protection & Fraud

Legal Department

United Utilities 

unitedutilities.com

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By e-mail only

 

SENT ON BEHALF OF : David Hannon – Head of Legal, United Utilities

 

 

Dear Mr Cooper

 

Further to your request for an internal review, herewith below, Mr
Hannon’s response following his internal review of his request, which he
has asked for me to send on his behalf.

 

Kindly acknowledge receipt to [1][United Utilities request email] , quoting the
e-mail subject header reference.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rajat Jain

Regulatory Solicitor

Data Protection & Fraud

Legal Department

United Utilities 

unitedutilities.com

 

SENT ON BEHALF OF DAVID HANNON

 

Our reference: Legal/EIR/2015/09/ID69 Int Rvw DH

 

By e-mail only: [2][FOI #292030 email]

Dear Mr Cooper

Re: Internal review of your request for information dated 17^th December
2015 submitted via the Whatdotheyknow website

I refer to the above request as extracted below.

I have made a detailed review of Rajat Jain’s initial refusal. I am
inclined to agree with his initial view that by reason of the normally
occurring background radiation present in the environment, technically he
was correct to say that no information is held. However I feel that our
response should have included more detail.

To that end therefore, please find my response endorsed to each of your
questions together with the attachments referred to therein. 

“Radiation material handled at Davyhulme treatment plant,

1. What material is handled and how is it disposed/treated.

Davyhulme WwTW is a municipal wastewater treatment works receiving both
domestic and trade (industrial waste) imports via the sewer.  Low levels
of naturally occurring radiation will be present in both these streams. 
These are well below thresholds that pose any risk to human health and the
receiving environment and as such are not classified as radioactive
waste.  The Environment Agency is the primary regulator regarding
substances classified as “radioactive” and will risk assess and evaluate
each producer’s operation prior to issuing a radioactive substances
permit.  For operations connected to sewer and holding the appropriate
consent and Radioactive Substances permit (for example hospitals and
research laboratories), the wastewater including any effluent that
contains radioactive substances will receive treatment in admixture with
sewage at the receiving wastewater treatment works. 

Davyhulme WwTW also holds an Environmental Permit (issued by the
Environment Agency) to enable it to receive domestic and trade (industrial
waste) imports by road tanker.  Note this does not include wastes
classified as radioactive as this would require a separate Radioactive
Substances permit.  As such Davyhulme WwTW has not received any waste by
road tanker that has been classified as radioactive (ie. above a threshold
that would require a waste to be consigned and transported as radioactive
waste).  That is not to say that we have not received any waste that
contains radiation.  As for imports received via the sewer all tankered
domestic and industrial imports will have low levels of naturally
occurring radiation. 

In your follow up request you stated: -

     In your response you say that UU have not handled any waste

     containing radiation, this is untrue as you accepted waste from a

     shale gas well in Preese Hall, Blackpool around 2010/2011

 

We apologise if our initial response has seemed misleading however we feel
that it is important to clarify the difference between waste containing
radiation (pretty much everything) and wastes classified as radioactive.

As your follow up request has indicated an interest in understanding the
effluent received from the shale gas well in Preese Hall (referred to by
United Utilities as fracking flowback wastewater) we are happy to provide
some further details on this.

2. Quantity of any such material brought into Davyhulme treatment plant

The table below confirms the volumes of fracking flowback wastewater
received at Davyhulme WwTW by month from April 2011 to October 2011. 

Month: Volume received at Davyhulme WwTW (m^3):

 
April 2011 1475
May 2011 1890
June 2011 1250
July 2011 225
August 2011 1025
September 2011 550
October 2011 180
TOTAL: 6595
   

3. Half life of this material

United Utilities would like to refer you to 2 reports compiled and
published by the Environment Agency.

(1)  Shale Gas – North West Monitoring of flowback water dated 3^rd
November 2011.

(2)  Shale Gas – North West Monitoring of flowback water dated 6^th
December 2011.

These reports have a significant amount of detail relating to the
composition of fracking flowback wastewater.

4. Health and safety procedures for dealing with this type of waste a) for
workers on site. b) general public who may come into contact with
contaminated discharge into rivers/airborne pollutants

United Utilities have a range of internal procedures that look at how we
manage the different waste imports received into our sewer network and
ultimately at our wastewater treatment works.

We also have procedures that cover the handling of tankered imports and
managing these in to the process.

As mentioned earlier the site is not permitted for handling or receiving
waste classified as radioactive and as such we do not hold any specific
procedures for handling tankered “radioactive waste”.

The presence of low levels of background radiation and naturally occurring
radioactive material (NORM) is captured within our COSHH assessments and
other H&S related systems and procedures.

5. Sources where this material originates from.

United Utilities receives domestic and industrial via the sewer network
from thousands of customers in the Davyhulme catchment.  We are not able
to disclose any further information.

United Utilities receive domestic and industrial by road tanker network
from hundreds of customers and from a range of industry types and
processes.  We are not able to disclose any further information on this.

We can however clarify that there has only ever been a single source of
fracking flowback watsewater received at Davyhulme by road tanker and this
was from the Preese Hall site operated by Cuadrilla between April 2011 and
October 2011.

I hope and trust this now meets your requirements in your request

 

Should you wish to have my decision reconsidered in respect of our EIR
compliance only, then you have a right to refer to:

 

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number

You can also report your concern online using the following link
 [3]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

David Hannon

Head of Legal

United Utilities Water Limited

 

 

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