NNL wins Environment Agency contract

13 March 2012

The UK’s National Nuclear Lab (NNL) has been awarded a contract worth up to £1 million for the provision of waste quality checking services for the Environment Agency.

Most of the work from this potentially four-year contract will take place at NNL’s Preston Laboratory on the Springfields site.

Work will include:

• Auditing sites’ procedures and operations for consigning LLW for treatment and disposal including use of the waste hierarchy.

• Audit/review of the waste assurance approaches of the LLWR and other disposal sites or treatment facilities.

• Sampling and analysis of wastes and residues. This may include non destructive testing of waste consignments, packages and samples for physical properties and radioactive content at the waste consigning site and the supplier’s laboratory and detailed radiochemical testing of waste samples as appropriate.

• Evaluation and deployment as appropriate of the existing non destructive testing equipment owned by the Environment Agency from a previous contract.

• Provision of appropriate non-destructive testing capabilities where appropriate. Flexible and innovative approaches to the use of non-destructive testing to support the contract alongside proven capability with current methods will be viewed favourably.

• Providing, or utilising existing, reference drums/packages for undertaking testing of sites’ own waste monitoring systems.

• Providing technical advice on the relevant aspects of low level waste checking and representation at relevant meetings.

• Programme management and performance reporting.

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