Government keeps open mind on number of new underground nuclear storage facilities. The government has not ruled out the creation of more than one underground nuclear waste storage facility, according to a new national policy statement (NPS) aiming to guide the future planning process for such infrastructure.
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Communities interested in hosting an underground facility to house Britain’s most hazardous nuclear waste will be given the clearest possible picture of the materials to be stored there, the Government has said. The reassurance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) comes after several additions and alterations were made to the draft National Policy Statement and Implementing Geological Disposal – Working with Communities documents following feedback from a cross-party select committee. While the Government says there will be some uncertainty regarding the nation’s nuclear waste inventory, it will notify communities in the running to host the geological disposal facility (GDF) before the public is asked for its views, it said in response to recommendations made by the Committee. The Government says around 10 per cent, in terms of volume, of waste to be stored in the GDF will come from new nuclear power stations, including Hinkley Point C in Somerset, although the figure could fluctuate, according to industry ambition.
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