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The Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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6.—(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies to a substance or article which—

(a)arises from or is used in a NORM industrial activity; or

(b)is contaminated by a substance or article described in head (a), including where such contamination occurs indirectly through another contaminated substance or article.

(2) A substance or article to which this sub-paragraph applies is radioactive material or radioactive waste where it has a concentration of radioactivity which exceeds the following values in Table 1—

(a)for a solid substance or article or a relevant liquid substance, the value specified in column 2;

(b)for any other liquid substance, the value specified in column 3; or

(c)for a gaseous substance, the value specified in column 4.

(3) In this schedule, “NORM industrial activity” means an industrial activity involving radionuclides of natural, terrestrial or cosmic origin and includes the following industrial activities—

(a)production and use of thorium, or thorium compounds, and the production of products where thorium is deliberately added;

(b)production and use of uranium, or uranium compounds, and the production of products where uranium is deliberately added;

(c)extraction, production and use of rare earth elements and rare earth element alloys;

(d)mining and processing of ores other than uranium ore;

(e)production of oil and gas;

(f)removal and management of radioactive scales and precipitates from equipment associated with industrial activities;

(g)any industrial activity utilising phosphate ore;

(h)manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments;

(i)the extraction and refining of zircon and manufacture of zirconium compounds;

(j)production of tin, copper, aluminium, zinc, lead and iron and steel;

(k)activities related to coal mine de-watering plants;

(l)water treatment associated with provision of drinking water;

(m)the remediation of contamination from NORM industrial activities;

(n)china clay extraction; and

(o)geothermal energy production.

(4) But “NORM industrial activity” does not include an activity where radionuclides of natural, terrestrial or cosmic origin are processed for their radioactive fissile or fertile properties.

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