The Government has launched a new long-term plan to deal permanently with the country’s radioactive waste. It follows a consultation on the process of finding a site to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).
The plan will scrap the formal community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository. It follows the decision by Cumbria County Council to reject a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) last year. The old policy required a strategic authority such as a county council as well as the local council to approve a project. The new policy simply requires what officials called a positive “test of community support” for the project to go ahead. Councils joining the site investigation process will receive £1m per year for up to five years in compensation to explore the idea further, rising to £2.5m per year as the design and planning phase begins, then rising substantially when building starts.
DECC has announced they are to begin “geological screening” of the country to find rocks that might hold nuclear waste safely for tens of thousands of years.