Welsh rules on radioactive land

The Welsh Assembly has published regulations extending the contaminated land regime to cover radioactivity. The regulations mirror those made in England (ENDS Report 377, p 36 ).

Local authorities must inspect areas for radioactive contamination and bring sites found to be causing, or have the potential to cause, harm under the regime.

Sites likely to fall under the new controls are those where radioactive materials were used in historic industrial activities. Examples include manufacture of gas mantles, ore processing to recover rare earth metals, the phosphate industry and gasworks using uranium catalysts.

The regulations also transpose the 1996 Euratom Directive setting standards to protect workers and the public against ionising radiation.

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