Nuclear Waste

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 17th June 2004.

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Photo of Mr Richard Page Mr Richard Page Conservative, South West Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of nuclear waste held at approved storage centres in the United Kingdom is from the nuclear weapons programme.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Of the total combined high level and intermediate level nuclear wastes held at approved storage centres in the United Kingdom and identified in the 2001 United Kingdom Radioactive Waste Inventory, some 24 per cent. is attributable to the nuclear weapons programme. It is predicted that, by the year 2100, this figure will reduce to less than 14 per cent. Approximately 2.6 per cent. of the intermediate level waste is held at AWE Aldermaston and the remainder of the waste is held at British Nuclear Fuels and United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority sites.

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