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Radioactive Waste

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what progress has been made in reducing or preventing radiation hazard from radioactive wastes produced by British nuclear power stations.

The radiation hazard from radioactive waste produced by British nuclear power stations is strictly controlled to prevent harm to health. These controls are kept under continuous review. They are based on the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, as endorsed by the Medical Research Council, and are enforced by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive. A small fraction of the waste is disposed of to the environment. Disposal of this waste is authorised and controlled under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960 in accordance with the principles set out in the White Paper "The Control of Radioactive Wastes" (Cmnd. 884).