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
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
"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.