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MOD consultation on scrapped submarines

A sixteen week public consultation by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on options for dismantling submarines that have left service with the Royal Navy starts today (28 October 2011). The consultation aims to seek the views of the public on disposal of the Navy's redundant nuclear submarines, which are contaminated with radioactive waste.

It will seek views on three key issues:

*   how radioactive materials should be removed from the submarines;
*   where this should take place;
*   which type of site should be used for interim storage of the
intermediate level radioactive waste generated following submarine

MoD has already announced that its preferred candidate sites for where radioactive waste will be removed from submarines are the Devonport and Rosyth naval dockyards, or a combination of the two sites.  Decisions about the location for interim storage of the radioactive waste produced by the dismantling process will be the subject of a further consultation process in due course.

The consultation touches on a range of broader issues and principles that are of key importance to the nuclear sector as a whole, such as radioactive waste management, siting issues, generational equity, and new build, and is relevant to all who are concerned about nuclear issues - not just those with an interest in the military nuclear programme.

Full details of how to participate in the consultation process and consultation documents have been published on the MoD's Submarine Dismantling Project web site (

MoD will be placing a particular focus on consultation in the Plymouth and Rosyth areas and in the neighbouring areas of Saltash, Torpoint and Edinburgh, with local consultation events being organised in these areas.  Two national workshops have also been arranged for 31 January 2012 in Birmingham and 6 February 2012 in Glasgow.   Places at these events can be booked by contacting the MoD's project team by email on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Nuclear Submarine Forum (NSubF), representing a number of non-government organisations from all parts of the UK which are stakeholders in nuclear submarine dismantlement, is supporting the consultation and is encouraging everyone with an interest in the submarine dismantling proposals and nuclear issues to take the opportunity to have their say.  NSubF's website is at and will be regularly updated over the consultation period.  A statement prepared by Di McDonald giving the views of NSubF on some of the issues relating to the consultation is attached to this message.

(Statement from Nuclear Information Service)