Disposal of nuclear waste questioned

Torness Nuclear Power Station

Torness Nuclear Power Station

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East Lothian Greens are raising questions about plans by the operators of Torness at Dunbar to change the way radioactive waste is handled.

EDF Energy want to vary the authorisations for Torness Nuclear Power Station and Hunterston near Largs to enable radioactive waste to be moved between the sites for “accumulation” before being disposed elsewhere.

East Lothian Greens campaigner Jason Rose said: “Buried within the Scottish Environment Protection Agency consultation is EDF’s intention – to allow for accumulation of what they call economic loads prior to disposal.”

EDF Energy explained: “This change is purely a practical one to facilitate more flexible disposals by allowing waste to be collected temporarily at one site before being sent for disposal to an authorised facility. This low level waste consists of items like industrial clothing, waste paper and cardboard, plastic, metals and oils.”

Feeedback from local communities to the application, prior to any final decisions being taken.

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