Sunday, June 12, 2005

Scotland a dump for nuclear waste?

Rob Edwards, in the Sunday Herald 12 June 2005, wrote about the dumping of nuclear waste.

The UK radioactive waste agency is called Nirex.

Nirex has now been forced to publish details of all potential nuclear waste sites.

At present there are more than 92,000 cubic metres of nuclear waste stored at 34 locations around the UK.

According to the Sunday Herald, 'this is set to rise five times in volume over the next 100 years, even assuming no new nuclear power stations are built.'

Nirex has now published a list of 537 potential sites, of which 159 are in Scotland.

According to the Sunday Herald, "Much of the list reads like a roll call of Scotland’s famous islands. It included Iona, Islay, Jura, Canna, Eigg, Muck, Coll, Gigha, Colonsay, Tiree, Ulva, Raasay, Rhum, St Kilda, Foula, Ailsa Craig, the Summer Isles and the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth.

Chris Ballance, Green MP said: “The list shows that site selection in the past has been done on purely political grounds – where they think they can get away with it.”

Ballance points out that nearly a third of the 537 sites in the UK are in Scotland. “ Low population and low public opposition was a more important factor than geological and scientific suitability.”

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