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Recent news from RadEcol Consulting


October & November

Adrian and Karen were in Vienna at the end of October supporting the IAEA MODARIA II programme in terms of legacy site management, non-human biota dose assessment and development of assessment methodologies for radioactive waste disposal. Later in November they both participated in the international workshop ‘Regulatory Supervision of Legacy Sites: The Process from Recognition to Resolution’. The workshop was hosted by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) in Lillehammer, Norway and co-organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and  Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Most recently Karen has been in Finland supporting their biosphere programme for spent fuel disposal.


Closer to home, Adrian attended the Nuclear Industry Group on Land Quality (NIGLQ) meeting as the group Technical Secretary in October and also participated in the SEPA consultation event on their proposed radioactive substance regulations under the Integrated Authorisation Framework during November. Over the last two-months RadEcol has supported in a number of BAT optimisation workshops, permit compliance audits and has been awarded a contract to support a new nuclear operator in the development of their environmental management systems.

August & September

During the last two-months Karen has attended, providing technical secretariat services, an international workshop, organised by the NRPA and SCK.CEN, on ‘Radioecology as a Support to Regulatory Decision Making on NORM and Other Legacies, and related Waste Management and Disposal’ on 3 September in Berlin.


The workshop was attended by 37 participants from 19 countries with the main objective of discussing the interface between radioecology and regulation. Karen then went on to attend the 4th International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity (ICRER).


With the NDA and a range of operators from across the UK nuclear industry, Adrian participated in a visit to the Rhydymwyn Valley Factory site in Flintshire, Wales to help those involved in Site End State planning to better appreciate site management options. He also attended the CIWM North West Open Meeting on Nuclear Waste and Alternative Technologies.


We have also delivered another round of environmental and radiological monitoring for a North West client and been busy working with a range of clients on Site Wide Environmental Safety Case (SWESC) requirement definition, BAT demonstration and development of company arrangements for a Corporate Radioactive Waste Adviser function and arrangements for BAT demonstration, waste management and gaseous and aqueous effluent management. We would also like to say a big thank you to Filkin & Co EHS Limited and EMS Efficiency Limited for their support in our project delivery.”


July was a busy month, supporting a new nuclear operator in the finalisation of their environmental permit application. We also delivered the second phase of a four part programme to measure gamma dose in air and determine water and sediment quality along a river catchment in the north west of England.


In June Adrian and Karen attended the ENVIRA17 conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, then participated in the IAEA MODAIA II Interim Meetings of Work Group 1 (Legacy Site Remediation) and Working Group 5 (Non-Human Biota) in Brussels. Adrian also attended the Nuclear Industry Group on Land Quality (NIGLQ) meeting and we are happy to say has now been appointed as the NIGLQ Technical Secretary.

17th June 2017: The Mighty Hike

Team RadEcol (SRP members Karen Smith and Adrian Punt and Boo Bear) completed the Macmillan Mighty Hike challenge on Saturday 17th June. This involved a 10.5 hour hike through the UK’s Lake District covering 28 miles and raising, with RadEcol match funding, over £1,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. A very big thank you to all that supported by providing sponsorship. Also a very big thank you to all the Macmillan volunteers that looked after us on the day and the support and encouragement of other walkers. A great day indeed.


During May, Karen was in Brugg, Switzerland for the BIOPROTA 2017 annual meeting followed by the joint BIOPROTA-IAEA MODARI II Working Group 6 workshop on review and enhancement of the BIOMASS methodology. Both were hosted by ENSI (the Swiss Nuclear Regulator) and involved over 30 technical experts from around the world.


Adrian also attended the SRP 2017 annual conference in Aberdeen, both as an individual SRP member and representing RadEcol Consulting as an SRP Affiliate company.

March and April

We are very happy to say that building on the work RadEcol has delivered to Capenhurst Nuclear Services Ltd (CNS) over the last two years, we have been awarded the contract to provide continued environmental support for the proposed CNS Legacy Cylinder Facility (LCF). Also congratulations to Karen Smith on being accepted as a Member of the Society for Radiological Protection (MRSP). It’s been a busy couple of months.


In both March and April, Karen has been to Helsinki supporting the Posiva Oy biosphere assessment group relating to the 2020 operational licence submission by Posiva for a radioactive waste repository at Olkiluoto, Finland. This work builds on the successful submission in 2012 for a construction licence that Karen was involved in. Adrian has also been busy delivering various BAT and radiological assessment work, including finding the time to go on Public Health England refresher training for PC CREAM 08 dose modelling.

Photo: Rhiannon George




RadEcol team members Karen and Adrian have both signed up to do the Lake District Mighty Hike on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Please get in touch if you would like to support, or even better, join us on the hike. In other news, Adrian has been supporting the Nuclear Institute (NI) this month in the development of a NI position statement on the proposed UK exit from Euratom.




In January, Adrian attended the Nuclear Industry Group on Land Quality (NIGLQ) meeting acting as the Technical Secretary on behalf of the NDA. He also attended, as an invited delegate, the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) Consultation Workshop on the environmental aspects of the Hitachi-GE’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor.



In December, Karen Smith and Adrian Punt attended the SRP meeting on Radioactivity in the Scottish Environment in Glasgow and Adrian then participated in the SRP London meeting on implementation of the revised Basic Safety Standard Directive which discussed the implications of the revised Directive on UK Radioactive Substances Regulation.


We would also like to give a warm welcome to Quintessa Ltd who will be working with us as part of the BIOPROTA Technical Secretariat.  BIOPROTA is an international forum that was established in 2002 to address the key uncertainties in long term assessments of contaminant releases into the environment arising from radioactive waste disposal (see This year’s annual BIOPROTA workshop will be held in Brugg, Switzerland on 8-9 May 2017, hosted by the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI). Please contact Karen Smith for further details.


Most of all we would like to wish all our clients, partners and associates a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Adrian Punt and Karen Smith recently attended the 1st Technical Meeting of MODARIA II contributing to working groups on remediation and decision making (WG1), radiation exposures of wildlife (WG5) and biosphere modelling for long-term safety assessment of waste disposal (WG6). They then went on to attend the IUR 2nd International Conference on Radioecological Concentration Processes in Seville.


Adrian Punt has also been accepted as a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (FIEnvSc) and confirmed as a Certified Radioactive Waste Adviser (RWA) by RPA 2000.

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On behalf of the NDA, Pete Burgess (Radiation Metrology) and Adrian Punt presented this month on NDA land quality research activities to the 6th Research Frontiers in Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management conference, hosted by Birmingham University.


Adrian Punt and Karen Smith have also been confirmed to attend the 1st Technical Meeting of the MODARIA II programme at the IAEA in Vienna next month and they will then be off to the IUR 2nd International Conference on Radioecological Concentration Processes in Seville.



In September Adrian Punt and Karen Smith were lucky enough to attend the 14th Biennial Conference of the South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association (SPERA) that was held in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference on the Sources, Effects and Risks of Ionizing Radiation in Bali, Indonesia. We hope that RadEcol will be at the 15th SPERA Biennial Conference, which will be held in Perth, Western Australia in 2018.


We would like to welcome Nigel Board and Dr Bryony Cunningham as new RadEcol associates. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of executive roles in portfolio, programme, commercial and technical management. Bryony is an experienced project manager specialising in Environmental Impact Assessment, with technical expertise in socio-economics, sustainability and climate change.


More information about Nigel and Bryony’s experience can be found on our Resources page.


Dr Karen Smith has taken part a field trip to Finland to sample clays from lake beds. RadEcol assisted in this field programme to improve understanding of the structure and function of mire ecosystems in Finland.


Dr Karen Smith and Dr Adrian Punt attended the BIOPROTA Annual Workshop and BIOMASS 6 Review and Update Workshops in Belgium. Also, Adrian has attended the SRP annual conference in Llandudno, attending both as an individual SRP member and representing RadEcol Consulting Ltd as an SRP Affiliate company.

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