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UK outlines latest nuclear waste storage plans via business green

Government to begin two year search for a site to host a Geological Disposal Facility

The government will spend two years looking for a new site to store nuclear waste from power stations, industry and submarines, it was announced today.

A new long term plan to find a site to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) has been launched following a consultation on improving the controversial process of site identification, which previously failed to deliver a permanent storage site.

Currently, nuclear waste is stored temporarily at secure nuclear sites across the country, but the government wants to build a GDF to dispose permanently of waste from decades of generating low-carbon electricity from nuclear power and a new nuclear fleet.

Finland, Sweden, and Canada are among the countries that have already built GDFs, and the UK govermment is keen to emulate their approach.

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The new search will run in parallel to the on-going effort to select a project capable of delivering new nuclear waste processing capacity, which is currently considering three separate proposals, including the potential to use radioactive waste as a new source of low carbon energy.

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