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Dounreay radioactive waste disposal facility construction to begin this week

Construction will begin this Friday on Scotland’s first low level radioactive waste disposal site for 60 years, at Dounreay.

MSP Rob Gibson will break ground on Friday afternoon at the Dounreay site that will take up to 240,000t of low level radioactive waste from the decommissioning of the nuclear plant’s reactor.

The £13M first phase of the £100M project involves the construction of two, 20m deep underground vaults, each covering an area the size of a football pitch.

Waste disposal at the site is scheduled to begin 2014 and the project will create 100 jobs.

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