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Energy: Nuclear Waste

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Inglewood Lord Inglewood Chair, Communications and Digital Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the site at Longlands Farm, Copeland, Cumbria, has been listed as potentially geologically suitable for the deep disposal of nuclear waste; and what has changed since the proposal by Nirex for disposal at that site was rejected in 1997.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

No sites have been listed as suitable at this stage. The first stage of the managing radioactive waste safely (MRWS) process is for communities to express an interest in hosting a geological disposal facility. Stage 2 is for the British Geological Survey (BGS) to carry out an exercise to rule out areas that do not meet a set of high-level screening criteria established through consultation and set out in the MRWS White Paper of June 2008 (see http://mrws.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/mrws/white-paper-final.pdf). This rules out areas as unsuitable; it does not mean that areas not ruled out are suitable. Further investigation would be required to determine this.

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