In response to an FOI request MOD has published the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board Assurance Reports for 2006 & 7 prepared by the Chairman of the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board, which oversees nuclear and radiological safety in the naval nuclear propulsion and nuclear weapons programmes.
MOD aims to publish the reports for 2008 and 2009 by the end of January 2011.
The Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board Assurance Reports 2007 report
The 2007 DNESB report indicates that as of 2007 there is no funded decommissioning strategy to implement the agreed Defence Decommissioning Policy. Since 2007 there have been and will continue to be extreme pressure on MOD’s budgets and I suspect this situation may well have got considerably worse since 2007.
2007 DESB report to the Defence Board
The 2007 DESB report to the Defence Board makes no reference to the assurance report by the DNESB so it is reasonable to conclude that the DESB failed to make the Defence Board aware of the issues and concerns raised in the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board Assurance Report for 2007.
There was a link within the report to “Duty Holder/FSB inputs 2007” but this is broken
Link to MOD Decommissioning and disposal policy paper