UK government asks councils to take in nuclear waste


Local councils throughout the UK are being asked by the British government to take in nuclear waste.

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has 'invited communities for ‘no commitment’ discussions on hosting geological disposal facilities for radioactive waste'.

The British Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has written to local councils across Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland asking them to consider providing - what he called - an essential service to the nation.

He said - "The government, along with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will be looking to sit down and discuss, with any community that feels it has an interest, both the technical aspects of the safe implementation of a geological disposal facility and the wider social, economic and environment issues involved.

"Ultimately, for the process to succeed, a mutually acceptable agreement will need to be reached. These discussions will be exploratory and without any commitment to actually hosting a facility."

DEFRA has launched a dedicated website - Click Here - to provide the public with information on how the process will work.