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8.7.

2005 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 168/53

COMMISSION OPINION
of 1 July 2005
concerning the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste resulting from modifications of Building
131X (Pamela) at Site-1 of Belgoprocess plc in Belgium, in accordance with Article 37 of the
Euratom Treaty

(2005/C 168/14)

(Only the Dutch text is authentic)

On 6 December 2004, the European Commission received from the Belgian Government, in accordance
with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty, General Data relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive
waste resulting from modifications of Building 131X (Pamela) at Site-1 of Belgoprocess plc.
On the basis of these data and following consultation with the group of experts, the Commission has
drawn up the following opinion:
1. The planned modifications relate to Building 131X in which the Pamela installation will be converted
into a multi-functional processing and conditioning unit for intermediate and high level radioactive
waste containing alpha radioactivity. The modified Pamela building will only entail gaseous effluents
which are channelled to the Main Stack-120X. For the discharges originating from the Pamela building
specific discharge limits are envisaged. However, existing regulatory limits for the Main Stack-120X
releases will not be changed.
2. The distance between the Building 131X and the nearest neighbour Member State, in this case the Neth-
erlands, is 11 km.
3. During normal operation, discharges of gaseous effluent from Building 131X will not cause an exposure
of the population in other Member States that is significant from the point of view of health.
4. Liquid and solid radioactive waste resulting from the operation of the Pamela Installation will be
treated, conditioned and stored on-site.
5. In the event of unplanned discharges of radioactive waste, which may follow an accident of the type
and magnitude considered in the General Data, the doses likely to be received by the population in
other Member States would not be significant from the point of view of health.
In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of
radioactive waste in whatever form resulting from modifications of Building 131X (Pamela) at Site-1 of
Belgoprocess plc in Belgium, both in normal operation and in the event of an accident of the type and
magnitude considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in the radioactive contamination, signifi-
cant from the point of view of health, of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State.