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UK seeks locations for new radioactive waste disposal facilities

By Iain Gilbert

Date: Thursday 25 Jan 2018

UK seeks locations for new radioactive waste disposal facilities

(ShareCast News) - Downing Street launched two new consultations aimed at finding a site capable of housing a geological disposal facility to store Britain's radioactive nuclear waste.
Energy minister Richard Harrington said on Thursday that interested communities would be able to have a say in the proposals, with planning permission to only be granted to those whose constituents had agreed to the programme.

Harrington said, "We owe it to future generations to take action now to find a suitable permanent site for the safe disposal of our radioactive waste. And it is right that local communities have a say. Planning consent will only be given to sites which have local support."

"As the government set out in our Industrial Strategy, the nuclear sector has a key role to play in increasing productivity and driving clean growth. Nuclear is a vital part of our energy mix, providing low carbon power now and into the future," he added.

Westminster has claimed that GDF's had been proven to be the safest and most secure way of permanently disposing of higher activity radioactive waste, and would support a new generation of nuclear power stations across the UK.

Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr Doug Parr, said, "Having failed to find a council willing to have nuclear waste buried under their land, ministers are resorting to tactics from the fracking playbook - bribing communities and by-passing local authorities."

"With six new nuclear plants being planned, the waste problem is just going to get much worse. Since there is no permanent solution for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel, the responsible thing to do would be to stop producing more of it instead of just passing the radioactive buck to future generations," he added.

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