JET site Stakeholders Group, UKAEA, Culham, Oxfordshire
- Prof J Glasson (Co-Director, OISD) (Project Leader)
- Dr Bridget Durning (Research Manager, OISD)
- Mr Tom Elsworth (Lecturer, School of Business)
- total grant value: £14,500
- time duration: 2006-07
The JET (Joint European Torus) project is an international research project for advancing the development of energy from nuclear fusion. It has been a successful project and, after a c30 year life, the site is now to be decommissioned. Under the 2004 Energy Act, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has the responsibility for decommissioning designated civil nuclear sites.
The NDA Strategy requires the NDA to review site End-States in consultation with stakeholders. The consultation process was carried out, on behalf of the JET Joint Stakeholders Group, by a team from the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University. It ran over a period of four and a half months and was organised in four stages as outlined below.
Emerging from consultations, four main options were considered in the research:
- Continuation of fusion related research, making use of existing infrastructure
- Public/private sector science/office development, using some of the existing facilities
- Other educational/environmental use, with major clearance of site facilities
- Return site to original state before JET was built
The unequivocal conclusion, from all the stages and elements in the evolving consultation process, was a very strong preference for Option 1: The continuation of some form of fusion–related research on the JET site, making use of the existing infrastructure. This emerged from discussions with key agencies, from the focus groups and from the public exhibition and website consultations. This also includes a strong balance of support for retaining the Torus and Assembly Hall (mindful that this was seen as associated with the continuation of some form of fusion–related research).
Views on keeping any rubble (resulting from any decommissioning activities) on site were more mixed—although on balance this was supported by the local community. However, there was a concern that no active waste, with the possible exception of very low level active waste, should be retained on site.
To see the published results and to find out more visit the JET website: http://www.jet-consultation.org.uk/results.htm.
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