Nuclear waste could be transferred from Dungeness to Hinkley Point
to transport nuclear waste to Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea
ignore public health and safety, it has been claimed this week.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is considering using the
Hinkley Point A site to store waste from the former Dungeness
power station in Kent.
West Somerset Council's cabinet has this week heard a report recommending
that it objects to the proposal.
Hamilton, from the NDA, said their priorities were focussed on
safety, security and cost-saving.
Dungeness' waste to Hinkley Point A is one of eight options being
considered by the NDA.
other options, involving seven former power stations, include
each site storing its own waste and a reduction in storage sites
meaning waste would be received from one or two other sites.
second proposal is also running on whether Hinkley Point A could
be used for the treatment of fuel element debris (FED) from other
Hamilton told the BBC that the radioactive waste would be the
rubble, steel and materials from the buildings in and around the
said it was "held very securely and very safely" encased
in concrete and kept in secure metal boxes in a safe building
- well away from people and the workforce.
"We were brought in to existence back in 2005 by the government
to, on behalf of the nation, take a look at all the old nuclear
plants across the UK. What
we've been doing is developing a strategic overview of all of
our sites in order to be able to plan ahead to keep this stuff
safely and securely before it can go down a geological disposal
facility which will be built in the next 20 or 30 years."
Hamilton said one or two preferred options would be chosen by
the end of the year with further consultations being held before
a final decision is made next spring.