Nuclear energy waste disposal plans move forward

01 Nov 2010
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Nuclear energy waste disposal plans move forward

West Cumbria could be chosen to host a site which would act as a waste disposal facility for nuclear energy.

A newly-published study has looked at the Copeland and Allerdale areas to see if they are suitable for a new development.

The report rules out some proposed sites, but there is still some way to go until a location for disposing of the waste from nuclear energy is chosen.

Energy minister Charles Hendry stated that the British Geological Survey's study is a step forward.

"We must progress implementation of geological disposal, the long-term sustainable solution for dealing with radioactive waste," he said.

Mr Hendry added that the report contains no reason why a site cannot be found for the disposal of nuclear energy waste in the region.

Reuters recently reported that the European Commission is considering plans to bury nuclear energy waste deep under the ground.

It acquired a document which stated that the proposals would involve independent watchdogs being responsible for the sites remaining safe. 

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