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Nuclear waste extension would create 1,200 jobs in Cumbria via News & Star

By Anna Burdett

Last updated at 12:03, Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Plans for a £150 million extension of west Cumbria’s low level radioactive waste repository have been submitted to Cumbria County Council with the promise of 1,200 new jobs.

The detailed development plans for the national storage and disposal site at Drigg span 70 years and have been described as ‘unprecedented’ by ward councillor David Moore.

Waste contaminated with low levels of radioactivity, including hospital x-rays and overalls, gloves and shoe covers from the UK’s nuclear facilities, is already stored at the site in massive vaults.

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