Companies prosecuted for unauthorised disposal of radioactive waste
On 15 September 2008, a manufacturing company, a waste management company and one of its employees who disposed of radioactive waste without the necessary authorisations were prosecuted by the Environment Agency and fined by a magistrates' court for breaching provisions of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA).
The case serves as a reminder that:
- Commercial premises and others such as hospitals and research centres that use radioactive substances need to ensure that their employees are properly trained on the correct disposal of radioactive material and that where necessary the relevant authorisations have been obtained under the RSA.
- Waste operators need to ensure they are aware of the type of waste that has been consigned to them so that they can check they are properly licensed to deal with it and do not risk exposing their employees to radioactivity.