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Consultation on funded decommissioning programme guidance for new nuclear power stations

Starting Date: 22-02-08

Closing Date: 16-05-08

The White Paper on Nuclear Power 2008, published in January 2008, confirmed the Government’s commitment to put in place legislative arrangements to ensure that operators of new nuclear power stations have secure financing arrangements in place to meet the full costs of decommissioning and their full share of waste management costs. Clauses in the Energy Bill 2008 create the framework for this. The Energy Bill will require any operator of a new nuclear power station to have a Funded Decommissioning Programme, approved by the Secretary of State, in place before construction of a new nuclear power station begins and to comply with this programme thereafter.

It was also announced in the Nuclear White Paper that, in parallel with the Energy Bill, the Government would publish for public consultation two sets of draft guidance on what an approvable Funded Decommissioning Programme should contain.

This consultation closed on Friday 16 May 2008.

The government's response to this consultation was published on 18 September 2008 and is available below.

Responses to our consultation are available on the Funded Decommissioning Programme: Consultations Response webpage.

Consultation Documents

Consultation Responses