Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure report published
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee publish a report on the Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure.
- Read the summary
- Read the conclusions and recommendations
- Read the full Report: Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
The inquiry examines the objectives and scope of the guidance for those considering applications and the framework for granting development consents. It also considers how it fits in with the Government’s Industrial Strategy and emphasis on regional growth.
Overall, the report finds that the draft NPS is fit for purpose and contains adequate guidance and details needed for the developer, the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State to put forward and make recommendations on development consent orders.
The report welcomes the fact that the NPS and the separate but relevant 'Working With Communities' policy incorporate some of the key lessons from previous unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable location for a Geological Disposal Infrastructure (‘GDI’). The Committee makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving the engagement of and benefits to prospective host communities and, subject to these caveats, supports the case for the final NPS to be brought before Parliament for approval.
The report focuses on the four issues:
- National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
- using the GDI to dispose of waste from new nuclear build;
- the place of local community consent in the NPS;
- how the NPS is linked with the Industrial Strategy to deliver socioeconomic benefits to host communities.
The Committee held a one-off evidence session (on 10th July) with stakeholders and the Minister responsible for nuclear waste disposal as part of this inquiry.
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