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Nuclear Waste

Volume 181: debated on Friday 30 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what volumes of high-level nuclear waste have been produced from reprocessing of imported irradiated nuclear fuel for reprocessing at (a) Sellafield and (b) Dounreay in every year since 1979; and when this waste will be returned to the countries of origin.

Imported irradiated nuclear fuel reprocessed at Sellafield since 1979 will give rise to approximately 15 cu m of vitrified high-level waste, of which approximately 8 cu m will arise from contracts with return of waste options. Since 1976, BNFL's contracts for the reprocessing of overseas spent fuel have contained options for the return of wastes arising. The Government intend that these options should be exercised and that wastes should be returned. High-level wastes will be returned as soon as practicable after vitrification. No irradiated nuclear fuel has been imported to Dounreay for reprocessing since 1979.