NRW consults on Wylfa Newydd permit application

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people for their views on Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd’s application for an environmental permit.

The application is for a Radioactive Substances Regulation permit which details how Horizon will manage, discharge, transfer and dispose of radioactive material and waste from the power station.

As part of the process NRW is holding a public consultation on the content of application.

This is the first in a series of permits that the company needs to operate its planned Wylfa Newydd Power Station at Tregele, Anglesey.

To be granted this permit Horizon must demonstrate how it will minimise the amount of radioactive waste it generates and discharges.

If NRW believes the company could do more to protect the environment, or hasn’t provided enough information on how it plans to do so, it can refuse to issue a permit.

The consultation period runs from 6 November 2017 – 14 January 2018 and NRW has organised three drop-in sessions for people to have their say:

Tim Jones, Executive Natural Resources Wales’ Director of Operations for North and Mid Wales, said: “We will carry out a thorough assessment of Horizon’s proposals to see if they contain sufficient safeguards to protect people and the environment before deciding whether to issue a permit or refuse the application.

“We will consider all relevant information raised during the consultation and we would value hearing people’s views.

“We only issue a permit if we are wholly satisfied that the company’s plans prove they will operate safely, without harming the environment or local communities.”

This permit application addresses radioactivity only. NRW must decide whether to refuse or grant the application.

Comments about the use and disposal of radioactivity only should be made in writing by 14 January 2018 to: Regulated Industry Permitting Team, Natural Resources Wales, Maes y Ffynnon, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DW, or via email to:

You can see the application on Horizon’s website. It is also available to read at:

  • NRW offices in Bangor (Please call 03000 65 3000 in advance to arrange viewing at this office)
  • Anglesey Business Centre, Bryn Cefni, Llangefni, LL77 7XA
  • Cemaes Library, Lon Glascoed, Cemaes Bay, LL67 0HN
  • Wylfa Newydd Site Office

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