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Magnox Reactors (Decommissioning)

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what studies have been undertaken by his Department into transport needs arising from decommissioning of Magnox reactors in existing nuclear power stations in Wales;(2) what is his estimate of the wastes arising from each stage of the decommissioning process of existing Magnox reactors at nuclear power stations in Wales;(3) what study his Department has undertaken on the management and disposal of radioactive waste arising from the decommissioning of existing Magnox reactors in nuclear power stations in Wales; and what is his estimate of the time scale of each decommissioning stage as follows (

a) removal of fuel coolant and control system, ( b) reduction to minimum size outside the biological shield, and ( c) complete removal to leave site safe for unrestricted future use.

I have been asked to reply.I shall answer the hon. Member as soon as possible.