New reactors would quadruple waste stockpile

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has published a new briefing on the huge impact a new reactor programme would have on the UK’s radioactive waste stockpile.

The proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station alone would produce radioactive wastes and spent fuel with a radioactivity inventory equal to roughly 80% of the radioactivity in all of the UK’s existing radioactive wastes put together.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign uses figures from Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) Ltd which show that the UK’s proposed 16GW new reactor programme will altogether increase the UK waste inventory in terms of radioactivity four-fold. And if the industry ever finds a site to put this dangerous waste deep underground the amount of space required underground would almost triple.

As the Stop Hinkley Campaign notes it is morally reprehensible and totally irresponsible to go ahead with building new reactors when we still have no idea what we are going to do with the waste we have already created.

 The Impact of a New Reactor Programme on the UK Radioactive Waste Stockpile

 

 

 

 

 

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Published: 25 January 2016