UK Radioactive Waste to be Stored Underground

8 November 2009 (Last Updated November 8th, 2009 18:30)

Radioactive waste from the UK’s new generation of nuclear plants will be buried underground in a £18bn storage facility, under government plans to be announced later today. UK energy secretary Ed Miliband is expected to give approval to the construction of a deep underground repository

Radioactive waste from the UK’s new generation of nuclear plants will be buried underground in a £18bn storage facility, under government plans to be announced later today.

UK energy secretary Ed Miliband is expected to give approval to the construction of a deep underground repository to hold 200 tons of high-level waste that would be produced each year from ten new reactors, according to The Times.

Miliband is also expected to unveil a list of sites for the new nuclear facilities as well as changes to planning laws to seep up their development.

The nuclear waste in the store would remain lethal for up to 100,000 years.

The issues surrounding the disposal of radioactive waste will be debated today at Arena International’s Nuclear Waste: The Challenge of Underground Storage and Disposal conference in London.