Sellafield

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made in the replacement of the highly active storage tanks at Sellafield.

Photo of David Kidney David Kidney Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Replacement Highly Active Storage Tank project has completed a detailed optioneering process to a point where a single solution has been selected. As part of this stage a preliminary safety case, which has been subject to regulatory assessment, has been prepared and an outline design has been completed and approved. Replacement tanks are forecast to commence active commissioning in 2018.

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Tristan Webb
Posted on 31 Mar 2010 5:39 pm (Report this annotation)

I voted that Kidney's response was insufficient. Although he tackled the main points of the question, he did so with such unclear English as to make his response unnecessarily difficult to understand. For example, what might a "detailed optioneering process" mean? Does he just mean 'we looked at several options', or is it something more technical? If the latter, he should have clarified it for the lay reader.

The final sentence shows such basic active/passive verb confusion as to suggest that Kidney did not give the response the proper consideration it deserves (how can the tanks do the commissioning?).

Finally, it would clearly have been of interest to both Hughes and the public to know what financial estimates had been made for commissioning the new tanks. It would have been considerate of Kidney to have included that information.