Port Clarence Landfill Site, TS2 1UE; Low Level Radioactive Waste Permit Application

Closed 31 Jan 2020

Opened 20 Sep 2019

Feedback updated 21 Apr 2023

We asked

The consultation on the application to accept low level radioactive wastes at the Port Clarence landfill site took place from 20 September 2019 to 31 January 2020. It provided the opportunity for the public, professional bodies and stakeholders, to provide comments on the application.

You said

We have received 2329 responses to the consultation from various stakeholders. There were only 13 responses in support of the application. The responses included various comments and questions which have been summarised in the Summary of consultation responses document which can be found below.

We did

We are currently assessing the application and the consultation responses will be considered as part of this assessment. We expect a decision on the application to be made in 2021 and will run a new consultation at that stage.

Results updated 13 Oct 2020

Here is the consultation summary document.


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


We have received an Environmental Permitting Regulations application from Augean North Ltd to accept Low Level Radioactive Wastes at their Port Clarence Landfill Site in Teesside. Port Clarence has two permitted landfills one accepts hazardous waste and the other non hazardous waste both are currently authorised by Environmental Permits.This new application is to allow the disposal of low level radioactive waste in both landfills. Some Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) is already being disposed of at the site, as exempt waste i.e. waste that is exempt from requiring a permit under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. Augean also operate a landfill site, in Northamptonshire, that is permitted to accept low level radioactive waste.

We are seeking comments on this permit application. Public consultation helps us to take account of any information that people think is relevant to our decision making. It also gives people the opportunity to understand what is proposed.

You can view the application and supporting documents by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Providing comments

We can take account of:

  • relevant environmental regulatory requirements
  • information on local population and sensitive sites
  • comments on whether the right process is being used for the activity, for example whether the technology is the right one
  • the shape and use of the land around the site in terms of its potential impact, whether that impact is acceptable and what pollution control or abatement may be required
  • any incorrect information in the application

We cannot take account of:

  • issues beyond those in the relevant environmental regulations
  • anything outside the remit of the EPR. For example the proposed location of the site
  • land use issues when determining a permit application, even if changing the location of the activity would improve its environmental performance
  • the impact of noise and odour from traffic travelling to and from the site
  • the legally defined process we follow to determine a permit

Why your views matter

We are consulting on this application to give people the opportunity to understand the proposed changes to the permit and provide us with any information they think is relevant to our decision making.

What happens next

Thank you for responding to this consultation.

We will make your response publically available (excluding personal information and financial data) on our online tool whilst the consultation is running, unless you have requested that we do not publish your response.

Following the end of the consultation we will assess all the information and responses received during this consultation.  We then produce a draft decision document which we will re consult on. We will then produce a final decision document and this will be published on this consultation’s web page sometime in 2021. If you have given us your email address, we will email you to let you know when it has been published.

We will not be responding to individual comments on the application.

Thank you

Nuclear Regulation Group North


  • Public Drop In

    From 13 Nov 2019 at 11:00 to 13 Nov 2019 at 19:00

    We will be attending an event at The Clarences Resource & Community Centre,Port Clarence Road, Port Clarence TS2 1TW. We will be there to explain our permitting process, regulatory role and answer any queries people may have.

  • Public drop in

    From 14 Nov 2019 at 11:00 to 14 Nov 2019 at 19:00

    We will be attending an event at Low Grange Community Centre, Low Grange Avenue, Billingham, TS23 3PF. We will be there to explain our permitting process, regulatory role and answer any queries people may have.


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  • Local councils
  • The nuclear industry


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  • Radioactive substances regulations