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Waste to be managed near site, near surface – policy

Waste to be managed near site, near surface – policy

The Scottish Government has announced its policy on how higher activity radioactive wastes will be managed in future.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said the Scottish Government position remained that it does not support deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.

"The Scottish Government policy is that the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste should be in near-surface facilities. Facilities should be located as near to the site where the waste is produced as possible. Developers will need to demonstrate how the facilities will be monitored and how waste packages, or waste, could be retrieved. All long-term waste management options will be subject to robust regulatory requirements."

The policy will affect how the more hazardous types of radioactive waste from decommissioning Dounreay are managed in the long-term.

Policy statement by Richard Lochhead