The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) of the UK and Ireland has called for a clear commitment to offer work to local people on decommissioning work when nuclear plants close.
In its response to the consultation just carried out by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the agency charged with making safe and clearing closed civil nuclear plants, on its future Business Plan, the NFLA has called for support to be made available to staff losing employment from a decommissioned plant to enable them to be either reengaged in a role supporting the decommissioning process or find alternate employment’.
The NFLA also wants to see local contractors continue to be hired to supply goods and services to the work.
In explaining the NFLA’s position, Councillor David Blackburn, Chair of the NFLA Steering Committee, said:
“Although the NFLA is clearly opposed to the continuance of civil nuclear power, we recognise that in communities where a nuclear plant closes there will be an adverse impact upon the local economy, with a loss of jobs and a loss of revenue to local businesses. We want the NDA to have a clear strategy and the right resources in place, and that may mean partnerships with specialist agencies, to retain and retrain as many local employees as possible so that they can transfer to new jobs in decommissioning or secure alternate employment elsewhere. We also want the Business Plan to commit the NDA to having procurement policies in place to favour the retention of local businesses as contractors.”
Yesterday, the NFLA issued a media release calling for renewable technologies to be located on former nuclear sites where these have been ‘de-designated’ from future nuclear use. Renewable energy could then be produced to power decommissioning operations on site and any surplus exported to the National Grid
Councillor Blackburn added:
“Installing green technologies would also provide additional jobs and opportunities for local people to train in the construction, installation and maintenance of renewable power. Employing local people also means less commuting and this will help the NDA achieve its goal of being a ‘net zero (carbon) business.”
For more information please contact: Richard Outram, Secretary, NFLA email Richard.email@example.com / mobile 07583 097793
Notes to Editors
The NDA draft Business Plan and the link to the consultation can be found at:
The NFLA response to the NDA’s consultation on the draft business plan in relation to Diversity and Inclusion reads:
The NFLA welcomes commitments to diversity and inclusion within the workforce, but would also welcome further clarification within the final business plan on the support made available to staff losing employment from a decommissioned plant to enable them to be either reengaged in a role supporting the decommissioning process or find alternate employment. Likewise we would like to see a similar outline on how the NDA engages with local contractors to offer them a continuation of work.
It would also be helpful to see a table showing the average number of employees and contractors at each site during the final period of operations and the applicable numbers in the current state of decommissioning with an indication of the percentage of ‘local’ employees and contractors in each scenario, living within a 20-mile radius of the site.
In addition to the economic benefits of retaining local operational staff and contractors in decommissioning work, such individuals will not be commuting great distances to and from the workplace and so the NDA will be reducing the carbon footprint associated with decommissioning operations and working a little towards its aspirational target of achieving ‘net zero’