Hinkley Point Power Stations

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations his Department has received on the radiological effect on local populations of the opening up of intermediate level radioactive waste storage vaults at Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in preparation for decommissioning the Magnox waste storage facilities.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Vaults were constructed at Hinkley Point in 1963 and 1983 to store intermediate level waste. They were not designed with long-term storage in mind. In order to aid future decommissioning, the waste needs to be retrieved, conditioned and. transferred to a new facility to enable continued safe and secure interim storage pending construction of a geological disposal facility.

The NDA has recently received representations on this topic from Parents Concerned About Hinkley, which were also copied to the Department.

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