Radioactive waste could soon be brought to Port Clarence for dumping. National firm Augean wants to landfill ‘low-level’ waste at a site near the village . But first, it needs a permit from the Environment Agency – and now Teessiders are being asked for their views on the plans. Augean says it has buried a similar type of waste at its site in Northamptonshire “without any adverse effects”. Earlier this year, the same firm brought hundreds of tonnes of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Waste (NORM) to the site by road from Scotland. It claimed Teesside is “one of the very few” UK places that can handle such material safely – but the scheme triggered anger from some Teesside Live readers who called the area a “dumping ground”. The latest scheme involves a type of waste classified as a slightly higher risk – but still ‘low-level’. The International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) say it is the type of waste that needs “minimal isolation” and is “suitable for disposal in landfill. It is not yet known how much radioactive waste will arrive on Teesside and the company will also need to clear Stockton Council’s planning process next year.
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