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§ 70a Measuring the discharged amount of radioactive substances

Content of naturally occurring radioactive substances in produced water to be discharged, shall be measured, cf. the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority’s Guidelines for reporting radioactive substances from the petroleum activities (in Norwegian only).
Measurement frequency, emission parameters and measurement methods shall be described in a measurement programme.
The measurement programme shall be set up so that the extent and the quality of the measurements are sufficient for the purpose, to ensure representative and comparable measurements.
Analyses shall be performed in a systematic and standardized manner.
The uncertainty in all aspects of the measurements shall be reduced as far as possible.
Section last changed: 01 February 2019

The operator must obtain a permit from the Norwegian Environmental Agency for petroleum activities under Chapter 3 of the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only). Application for permit under the Pollution Control Act is subject to Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only), and a fee is fixed for the Environmental Agency’s processing relating to applications for permits pursuant to Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only).
The regulations’ general requirements for the petroleum activities on the continental shelf apply to all operators. The permits under the Pollution Control Act will normally contain conditions that are specific and adapted to each activity. Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only) gives further provisions on the processing of permits under the Pollution Control Act. The Norwegian Environment Agency has described further expectations for the content of applications and expected processing time in the Guidelines for applications regarding offshore petroleum activities, TA-2847-2011. Chapter 39 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only) gives provisions for fees for work with permits.
Choice of development solution can have a major impact on the environmental impact of the actitivities. In the case of new developments and upgrades of existing facilities, operators should inform the Norwegian Environment Agency well in advance of their choice and development solutions, of their assessments of best available techniques in accordance with {HYPERLINK|Section 11 of the Framework Regulations|Ramnmeforskriften|p11|1033|INTERNAL|Ramnmeforskriften|forskrift} and Sections 4 and 5 of the Facilities Regulations. This applies regardless of whether the development is covered by the requirement for impact assessments.
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