Nuclear Waste

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 8th January 2007.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the safety implications of storing nuclear waste on-site during the operating lifetimes of (a) existing and (b) future nuclear power stations; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

Responsibility for regulating the safety of radioactive waste storage on nuclear power stations sites rests with the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, which undertakes a rigorous regime of inspection and enforcement for all nuclear licensed sites and would make any such assessments. Waste storage at any new nuclear power plants would also be subject to NII's regulatory oversight.

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