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Radioactive Waste

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if there are any contractual arrangements currently in force that permit the import or retention of spent nuclear fuel and attendant radioactive wastes to remain in the United Kingdom which are not covered by a return to sender clause.

Since 1976, BNFL's contracts for the reprocessing of overseas spent fuel have contained options for the return of wastes. The Government intend that these options should be exercised, and that the wastes should be returned. BNFL has a number of reprocessing contracts with overseas customers which were signed before 1976. Those contracts do not contain return of waste options, but wastes from them will represent no more than 10 per cent. of total waste arisings in the United Kingdom by 2000. No facilities in addition to those needed for the disposal of United Kingdom wastes should be required.