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The Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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PART 1General binding rules

Column 1Column 2
ActivityGeneral Binding Rules
1. The management of a category 5 sealed source.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

a non-metallic category 5 sealed source must only be disposed of in normal refuse;

(c)

the activity of an individual category 5 sealed source disposed of must not exceed 2 × 105 becquerels;

(d)

more than one source must not be disposed of in any 0.1 m3 of normal refuse;

(e)

the total activity of category 5 sealed sources disposed of in normal refuse from premises in a year must not exceed 1 × 107 becquerels;

(f)

a metallic category 5 sealed source must only be disposed of by landfill.

2. The management of a smoke detector.
(a)

The total number of smoke detectors kept on a premises, and not affixed to the premises, must not exceed 500.

(b)

a smoke detector must be managed in a manner which prevents the dispersal of radionuclides;

(c)

a smoke detector must only be disposed of in normal refuse;

(d)

more than one smoke detector must not be disposed of in any 0.1 m3 of normal refuse.

3. The management of a tritium source.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

the total activity of tritium sources, other than Class B gaseous tritium light devices and Class C gaseous tritium light devices, on a premises must not exceed 5 × 1012 becquerels;

(c)

the total activity of Class B gaseous tritium light devices and Class C gaseous tritium light devices on a premises must not exceed 3 × 1013 becquerels;

(d)

a tritium source with an activity greater than 2 × 1010 becquerels must not be disposed of;

(e)

a tritium source must only be disposed of in normal refuse;

(f)

more than one tritium source must not be disposed of in any 0.1 m3 of normal refuse;

(g)

the total activity of tritium sources disposed of in normal refuse from a premises in a year must not exceed 1 × 1013 becquerels.

4. The management (other than the disposal) of an electrodeposited source.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules.

5. The management of a barium eluting source.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

the total activity of all barium eluting sources kept on a premises must not exceed 4 × 105 becquerels of Cs-137+;

(c)

a waste barium eluting source must only be disposed of in normal refuse;

(d)

more than one barium eluting source must not be disposed of in any 0.1 m3 of normal refuse;

6. The management of a thorium alloy.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

a thorium alloy must only be disposed of by landfill.

7. The management of a uranium or thorium compound.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

a uranium or thorium compound which is solid waste must only be disposed of in normal refuse;

(c)

the total quantity of uranium or thorium in a uranium or thorium compound disposed of from a premises in normal refuse must not exceed 0.5 kilogrammes per week;

(d)

a uranium or thorium compound which is aqueous waste must be disposed of to a relevant sewer;

(e)

the total quantity of uranium or thorium in a uranium or thorium compound disposed of from a premises to a relevant sewer must not exceed 0.5 kilogrammes per year.

8. The management of a medical or veterinary radioactive substance.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

a medical or veterinary radioactive substance must only be—

(i)

disposed of in normal refuse; or

(ii)

disposed into—

(aa)

a relevant sewer;

(bb)

a river, which at the time of any disposal into it of aqueous radioactive waste has a flow rate which is not less than 1m3s-1; or

(cc)

the sea;

(c)

a single item of medical or veterinary radioactive waste must not be disposed of in normal refuse if its activity exceeds—

(i)

4 × 105 becquerels for tritium or C-14; or

(ii)

4 × 104 becquerels for any other radionuclide;

(d)

the total activity of medical or veterinary radioactive waste disposed of per 0.1 m3 of normal refuse must not exceed—

(i)

4 × 106 becquerels for tritium or C-14; or

(ii)

4 × 105 becquerels for any other radionuclide;

(e)

the total activity of medical or veterinary waste disposed of in normal refuse from a premises in a year must not exceed—

(i)

2 × 109 becquerels for tritium or C-14; or

(ii)

2 x 108 becquerels for any other radionuclide;

(f)

if the medical or veterinary waste consists of human excreta, the total activity of liquid aqueous waste disposed of from a premises to a relevant sewer in a year must not exceed—

(i)

1 x 1010 becquerels for Tc-99m; or

(ii)

5 x 109 becquerels for the sum of all other radionuclides;

(g)

if the medical or veterinary waste does not consist of human excreta, the total activity of liquid aqueous waste disposed of from a premises to a relevant sewer in a year must not exceed—

(i)

1 x 108 becquerels for the sum of the following radionuclides: H-3, C-11, C-14, F-18, P-32, P-33, S-35, Ca-45, Cr-51, Fe-55, Ga-67, Sr-89, Y-90, Tc-99m, In-111, I-123, I-125, I-131, Sm-153, Tl-201; or

(ii)

1 x 106 becquerels for the sum of all other radionuclides;

(h)

if the waste does not consist of human excreta, the concentration of liquid aqueous waste disposed of from a premises to a relevant sewer must not exceed 100 becquerels per millilitre.

9. The management (other than disposal) of a NORM containing substance.
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(b)

the total activity of NORM containing substances transferred from a premises in a year to a person for disposal in a landfill must not exceed the value specified in column 3 of Table 1;

(c)

the total activity of NORM containing substances transferred from a premises in a year to a person for incineration must not exceed the value specified in column 4 of Table 1.

10. The disposal of gaseous radioactive waste which—
(a)

The total amount of gaseous Kr-85 waste disposed of from premises in a year must not exceed 1 × 1011 becquerels;

(b)

gaseous Kr-85 waste must be adequately dispersed from the building in which it arose so that it does not enter, or re-enter, a building.

(a)

contains no radionuclides other than Kr-85; and

(b)

arises from lamps containing Kr-85.

11. Any other radioactive substances activity, not falling within any other activity description in this schedule, where—
(a)

The radioactive substances common rules;

(a)

the total activity of a radionuclide does not exceed the value specified in column 2 of Table 2; or

(b)

a solid radioactive substance must only be disposed of in normal refuse;

(b)

the concentration of radioactivity of a radionuclide does not exceed the value specified in column 3 of Table 2.

(c)

a single item of radioactive waste must not be disposed of in normal refuse if it exceeds—

(i)

4 × 105 becquerels for tritium or C-14; or

(ii)

4 × 104 becquerels for any other radionuclide;

(d)

the total activity of radioactive substances disposed of per 0.1 m3 of normal refuse must not exceed—

(i)

4 × 106 becquerels for tritium or C-14; or

(ii)

4 × 105 becquerels for any other radionuclide;

(e)

an aqueous liquid radioactive substance must only be disposed of into—

(i)

a relevant sewer;

(ii)

a river, which at the time of any disposal into it of aqueous radioactive waste has a flow rate which is not less than 1m3s-1; or

(iii)

the sea;

(f)

the total activity of liquid aqueous radioactive waste disposed of from a premises in a year must not exceed—

(i)

1 x 108 becquerels for the sum of the following radionuclides: H-3, C-11, C-14, F-18, P-32, P-33, S-35, Ca-45, Cr-51, Fe-55, Ga-67, Sr-89, Y-90, Tc-99m, In-111, I-123, I-125, I-131, Sm-153, T1-201; or

(ii)

1 x 106 becquerels for the sum of all other radionuclides;

(g)

the concentration of liquid aqueous radioactive waste disposed of from a premises must not exceed 100 becquerels per millilitre;

(h)

gaseous waste must not be disposed of unless—

(i)

it consists of fugitive releases from a container; and

(ii)

it is dispersed from a building in such a way that it does not enter or re-enter a building.

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