WORK to retrieve the radioactive waste from the Dounreay shaft is expected to get under way in three to four years’ time. That was the timescale identified by operations director Steve Beckitt when he spoke at the latest meeting of the Dounreay Stakeholders Group (DSG) in Thurso. Preparatory and construction work have to be carried out before the waste can be removed. “It will be three to four years before we start the retrieval process,” he said. The shaft, which is more than 200 feet below ground, was built in the 1950s and was used to dump nuclear waste from 1959 until an explosion in 1977 ended the practice. The contract to clear out the shaft is one of six worth up to an estimated £400 million which were announced earlier this year as part of the decommissioning of the site. They also include removing radioactive waste disposed in the silo.
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