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.
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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