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Nuclear waste to be stored underground, confirms government

Energy minister David Miliband yesterday confirmed that high-level radioactive waste will be consigned to geological disposal in the future.
The government hopes local authorities will volunteer to store a likely total of 470,000m3 of radioactive waste underground, but as yet it has failed to outline what incentives would be on offer.The decision confirms the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) decision in July, which found geological disposal to be the safest, most cost-effective and most environmentally sound option.'CoRWM has set the standards for open and transparent advice that not only takes into account the best available expert input, but also the views of the public and stakeholders,' said Miliband.'We are committed to taking forward this important task to ensure the safe and secure management of our radioactive waste.'Geological disposal involves placing radioactive waste in chambers between 200m and 1,000m underground, where geology provides a natural barrier against radioactive leaks.

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