Taking responsibility for cleaning up legacy waste
The Nuclear Industry Association today welcomed the Government's consultation on the new proposed process for working with communities in order to agree a site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for radioactive waste.
NIA Chief Executive, Keith Parker said:
“The whole of the UK has benefited from the cheap, reliable and low-carbon energy produced by the nuclear industry for more than 50 years and will continue to do so in the future.
“An underground disposal facility is the preferred option for waste management internationally, not just in the UK.
“We support the proposed approach to siting such a facility, which is based on the principle of voluntarism and partnership with local communities.
“Those communities hosting nuclear facilities and the by-products of the industry should be recognised for providing such a vital service. We are confident the community benefits package relating to a geological facility will reflect this.
“In addition, construction and operation of the geological disposal facility would create hundreds of skilled jobs for the long term. Building a geological disposal facility would develop local skills, expertise and technologies and would help the host community to become a centre of nuclear excellence.”