- What is decommissioning?
Energy and nuclear power
We want to make sure that all energy projects maximise the benefits for people and businesses in Copeland. Working closely with other organisations in the UK energy sector, we:
- assess the economic, environmental and community impact for each project
- represent your needs and concerns through lobbying groups and consultations
- take an active part in decisions that affect the local community
- Keep you informed at every stage.
Decommissioning - closing old nuclear sites
When a power company decides to close its nuclear power plant permanently, they must decommission it. They need to:
- stop operation
- remove hazardous waste and store it safely
- reduce radioactivity to agreed safe levels
- decontaminate and demolish the buildings they are not using
- return the site to a state where it can be reused.