Copeland Borough Council has appointed Womble Bond Dickinson to a £257,700 contract to provide legal advice in relation to nuclear power, nuclear decommissioning, radioactive waste management and wider energy related issues.
The council has appointed the law firm on a retained basis for a period of four years (plus two potential extension).
Copeland said that, specifically, it might require legal advice and support for the following areas of activity:
- nuclear decommissioning of redundant facilities on the Sellafield site;
- radioactive waste management at Sellafield and the low level waste repository;
- proposals from developers for new nuclear projects;
- interaction between the council and the planning inspectorate regarding applications for development consent for major infrastructure projects;
- geological disposal infrastructure for management of the UK’s high and intermediate level radioactive waste;
- research and development activities related to disposition of the UK’s Plutonium stockpile and the development of small modular reactor;
- development management, including but not limited to: negotiation of strategic planning agreements and planning performance agreements, negotiation of community benefits related to new nuclear developments and applications for new nuclear/energy related developments under the Town and Country Planning Act;
- national (UK Government) and international nuclear energy and radioactive waste-related policy developments/consultations,
- internal and external governance arrangements related to the nuclear industry, radioactive waste management and energy matters,
- other new and emerging energy technologies, infrastructure and models for example, electric vehicle infrastructure, etc.
Four tenders were received. The contract was awarded on the basis of quality (weighting: 70%) and price (weighting: 30%).