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Landfill Sites

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those landfill sites which are unlined and permitted to receive low-level radioactive waste. [16453]

The Environment Agency advise that disposal of low-level radioactive waste is authorized under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 at the following sites in England and Wales:

Landfill siteOperator and locationEngineered containment status
Arpley Quarry3C Waste Ltd., Arpley, WarringtonEngineered containment
Lamby WayCardiff County CouncilClay based engineered containment
Milton LandfillMilton CambridgeshireClay based engineered containment
Cowpen BewleyICI Ltd., Billingham, ClevelandNo engineered containment
Clifton MarshLancashire Waste Services, Preston LancashireCurrent phase unlined, next phase will include an engineered containment
Stanford QuarryOxfordshire County Council, Stanford in the ValeNo engineered containment
Beighton TipSheffield Waste Disposal AuthorityNo engineered containment, closure early 1998
Asham QuarryEast Sussex County Council, Beddingham, East SussexOpened 1979, old phases unlined. From 1995, fully engineered lining for new phase
Hilts QuarryRolls Royce Ltd., Crich, DerbyshireNo engineered containment
Magnesium Elektron SwintonMagnesium Elektron, Swinton, Greater ManchesterNo engineered containment
Millennium Inorganic Chemicals Ltd.Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Grimsby, HumbersideNo engineered containment
Cilgwyn QuarryCwmni Gwastraf Mon Arfon cyf, Caernorfon, GwyneddNo engineered containment
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency advise that disposal of low radioactive waste is authorized under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 at the following sites in Scotland:

Landfill SiteOperator and locationEngineered containment status
Black DevonOperated by local authority, ClackmannanshireUnlined
BalbartonOperated by local authority, FifeUnlined
Braehead QuarryOperated by local authority, EdinburghUnlined
RivesideOperated by local authority, DundeeUnlined

Landfill Site

Operator and location

Engineered containment status

KilgarthOperated by local authority, North LanarkshireUnlined
DalmacouterOperated by local authority, North LanarkshireUnlined
Ness FarmOperated by local authority, AberdeenUnlined
LongmanOperated by local authority, InvernessUnlined
Lower PolmaiseOperated by local authority, StirlingUnengineered natural clay lining
Lower PolmaiseOperated by local authority, StirlingUnengineered natural clay lining
Melville WoodOperated by local authority, FifeCurrent disposals to lined area—engineered natural clay lining with bentonite (cement slurry) wall. Historic disposals to unlined area
SummerstonOperated by local authority, GlasgowNatural clay and geotextile lining

The Environment and Heritage Service advise that disposal of low radioactive waste is authorized under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 at the following sites in Northern Ireland.

Landfill site

Operator and location

Engineered containment status

Dargan RoadBelfast City CouncilLined
Culmore PointDerry City CouncilUnlined
LetterloanColeraine Borough CouncilUnlined
Mayboy RoadColeraine Borough CouncilUnlined

The radiological impact of disposals to these landfill sites are assessed by the Environment Agencies and the Environment and Heritage Service when determining applications for authorisation.