Comment on radioactive waste repository

Commenting on consultations launched today by the Government on finding a permanent solution for the disposal of the UK’s radioactive waste, Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: 

Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station

A new nuclear power station is being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

“Finding a secure resting place for Britain’s growing nuclear waste stockpile is something that government after government has failed to do – sometimes for lack of trying, sometimes through trying to foist on communities something they really didn’t want.

“Now we’re building new reactors, which makes finding a solution even more imperative. The key to doing so, as Finland is showing, is trust; and in this country, the nuclear industry and its government backers have a monumental legacy of mistrust that they’re going to have to work hard to overcome.

“The only approach that stands a chance of succeeding is absolutely openness – and one hopes that this will indeed be the approach, because the waste can’t be wished out of existence.”