THE Tees Valley Mayor has criticised a plan to dispose of radioactive materials in the North-East, several years after a similar plan was rejected in Cumbria. Ben Houchen said Teesside could not become “Britain’s nuclear dumping ground”, following an application to dump hazardous materials at a landfill site. The application by Augean North for a licence for the disposal of nuclear waste at the Port Clarence landfill site has been submitted to The Environment Agency. The landfill site, between Stockton and Billingham, deals with non-hazardous and hazardous materials, including those recovered from North Sea oil and gas projects. Augean has said previously the firm has “extensive” experience of safely handling low-level radioactive waste at its landfill site in Northamptonshire, and the current operation of the Port Clarence site as a “safe, secure, sustainable and well-regulated site for the disposal and treatment of hazardous wastes” means it is suitable for similar materials. But Mr Houchen said granting the landfill site’s radioactive waste license would be against the interests of those living in surrounding areas. He said: “People from Port Clarence, Billingham and Middlesbrough, plus the surrounding areas have a right to sleep safe in their homes, free from the spectre of radioactive waste.
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A bid to store radioactive waste on Teesside has sparked worries the area will become a national “dumping ground”. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has railed against plans by national firm Augean to store “low-level” waste at a site near Port Clarence – saying the bid is “inappropriate” and “against the best interests” of Teessiders. The Tory mayor has also claimed the moves are “unsafe” – but the company has flatly denied this, accusing him of “causing unnecessary public alarm”.
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