§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what provisions are in place at civil nuclear facilities to protect against the dispersal of radioactive tritium from sites.
§ Mr. Maclean
Civil nuclear sites are subject to strict regulation by both the nuclear installations inspectorate—NII—and Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution—HMIP—jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food—MAFF.
The storage of nuclear matter including radioactive waste containing tritium is licensed by the NII under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965. Disposal of radioactive waste is authorised jointly by HMIP and MAFF by means of strict limits and conditions imposed in certificates issued under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960. The regulating authorities inspect nuclear sites regularly to ensure that the terms of the site licence and authorisation are being met.