The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum will be holding a seminar this Friday, 28th August in Isleburgh Community Centre, Lerwick, Shetland Islands which will focus on three key issues of interest to its members – the transportation of nuclear materials through Scotland from Dounreay, Scottish Government radioactive waste management policy and the positive way NFLA Scotland members are developing dynamic low carbon energy policies. (1)
Two of the speakers, Tor Justad of the group Highland Against Nuclear Transportation (HANT) and Colin Punler from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd will discuss the continuing programme of moving radioactive materials from Dounreay across Scotland to Sellafield in Cumbria. These have been to date undertaken by rail, but there have been moves to also consider moving such materials by ship. The seminar will consider the safety and the risks of such transports and allow councillors to understand these issues in greater detail.
The seminar will also consider the dynamic ways many Scottish Councils are playing in developing innovative and imaginative policies to produce decentralised energy policies, promote renewable energy and energy efficiency and dramatically reduce carbon emissions. A NFLA briefing giving a case study of six Scottish Councils – Shetland Islands, Western Isles, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Fife – will be profiled by the NFLA Secretary, whilst Carl Symons from Shetland Island Council will go into more detail of the Council’s low carbon energy plans. (2)
Finally the seminar will provide an overview of how the NFLA sees the implementation of Scottish higher activity radioactive waste management policy. NFLA Scotland broadly supports the policy of ‘near site, near surface’ facilities for such waste and will continue to lobby the Government to implement such a policy. (3)
NFLA Scotland Convener Councillor Bill Butler said:
This NFLA Scotland seminar continues our high quality series of events informing its members of key issues in nuclear policy and energy policy in Scotland and further afield. NFLA remains very concerned and opposed to the transport of highly radioactive materials across the Scottish rail and road system, and is alarmed that sea transports may be considered for such material. This seminar will allow NFLA members to understand Dounreay’s future plans and challenge them accordingly. I look forward as well to hear how many Scottish Councils are moving forward with their energy plans and how our positive engagement with the Scottish Government on its radioactive waste policy is bearing fruit. ”
For more information please contact Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary on 0161 234 3244 or 07771 930196.
Notes for editors:
(1) NFLA Scotland Seminar, Isleburgh Community Centre, Lerwick, 12pm – 2pm on 28th August:
12.00pm Welcomes: Councillor Steven Coutts, Shetland Islands Council and Councillor Bill Butler, NFLA Scotland Convener.
12.10pm Transportation of Dounreay’s nuclear materials by rail or by sea to Sellafield – is it a safe solution for reducing the nuclear legacy in Scotland? Tor Justad, Vice Chair of Highland against Nuclear Transport.
12.30pm Dounreay’s future plans for transporting radioactive materials through Scotland, Colin Punler, Communications Adviser, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.
12.50pm Scottish Government Radioactive Waste Management Policy: the NFLA response; and the NFLA Scotland report on how Scottish Councils are delivering a low carbon renewable energy future – Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary.
1.15pm Shetland Island Council’s Carbon Management Plan– Carl Symons, Infrastructure Services, Shetland Islands Council.
1.40pm Panel discussion (for 2pm finish).
(2) NFLA Policy Briefing 134 – ‘From the Global to the Local: Meeting climate and energy targets in Scottish Local Authorities and Further Afield’, 30th June 2015
(3) NFLA Radioactive Waste Policy Briefing 57 – NFLA’s response to Scottish Government consultation on implementing its Higher Active Waste Policy, July 2015