Logo Dounreay Site Restoration Limited Low Level Waste Management Facility Dounreay Nuclear Research Site, Caithness, Scotland


Low level waste (LLW) makes up at least 80% of the waste generated by Dounreay’s decommissioning. The wastes consist of debris such as metal, plastics and rags contaminated during the clean-out and demolition of the facilities at Dounreay where radioactive materials were handled. A low level waste disposal facility was identified as the best practicable environmental option for the waste.


We helped DSRL create a LLW management strategy to support their decommissioning work. In phase one, we needed to achieve planning permission and radioactive substances authorisation for a temporary LLW store.  In phase two, we needed to engage extensively with the regulatory bodies and local community, culminating in the necessary approvals to develop and operate a LLW disposal facility at Dounreay, the only such facility in Scotland. 


DSRL were granted planning permission and RSA authorisation for a separate LLW storage facility, and later for operation of a LLW disposal facility.

Client Comment

‘In my view, Zyda Law's 'can do' attitude, demonstrated track record focused on client needs and ability to respond positively to challenging instructions far exceeds many much larger firms such as Morton Fraser, Maclay, Murray & Spens and Semple Faser. Highly recommended, a real client's firm.’

Dr Ron Crawford: Head of Planning and Regulatory Affairs

For further information

Please contact Paul Zyda

e: paulzyda@zydalaw.com or t: 01789 413 949