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22/06/2015

Environment Agency consults on nuclear repository plan

Words: Huw Morris

The Environment Agency is consulting residents on a proposal to expand the UK’s low-level nuclear waste repository.

The facility, which is based at Drigg in West Cumbria, has now reached its capacity.

Site owner LLW Repository wants to dispose of more radioactive waste at the facility and has applied to the agency for an environmental permit.

The agency said it would only issue a permit “once we're satisfied that further disposals at the site are safe for people and the environment both now and in the future”. While it considers the proposal is safe, the agency wants to consider the views of residents and other organisation before making a final decision.

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