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Radioactive Waste

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what measures are currently being undertaken to reduce the discharge to the sea of radioactive waste from Sellafield; when these measures will be completed; and what will be the total cost involved.

British Nuclear Fuels plc has a site development programme for the further reduction of the radioactive content of liquid discharges from Sellafield by the early 1990s.This programme includes additional treatment of effluent streams and the construction of the enhanced actinide removal plant. During the last six years about £200 million has been spent on installations such as the site ion exchange extraction plant and the salt evaporator designed to reduce the radioactive content of discharges. BNFL will spend a further £500 million during the next six years.