A UK wide strategy for dealing with solid low level waste was called for today in new policy published by the government.
The policy, which follows a public consultation in 2006, identified the lack of long-term capacity at the national Low Level Waste disposal facility near Drigg and pointed to the increasing difficulty of finding small-scale treatment and disposal routes for the least radioactive wastes. It stresses the need to minimise the amount of waste created before attempting to manage disposal options.The policy said the UK needed to create greater flexibility in managing the wide range of waste that already exists and will arise in the future while maintaining a focus on safety. But the UK must first minimise the amount of low level waste created through avoiding generation, minimising the amount of radioactive substances used, recycling and reuse. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ian Pearson, said 'Today's policy announcement will ensure that we have safe and appropriate disposal routes for low level radioactive waste in the future.'