AWE: Radioactive Waste

Defence written question – answered at on 9 November 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what target date he has set for the completion of treatment of intermediate level radioactive waste held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE); and when he expects the planned geological disposal facility for radioactive waste to begin accepting waste from the AWE.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

No target date has been set for the completion of the treatment of intermediate level radioactive waste (ILW) at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), as treatment is likely to be necessary for the duration of the nuclear weapons programme, including during the decommissioning and disposal of sites, facilities and equipment.

The Ministry of Defence's current planning assumption for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's national geological disposal facility to commence the receipt of AWE's ILW materials is 2070.

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