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Nuclear Waste

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much low-level radioactive material is held at Drigg; and what the capacity of the site is. [109624]

Around 950,000 cubic metres of low level radioactive wastes have already been disposed of to Drigg. The remaining capacity of the currently authorised site is estimated to be over 800,000 cubic metres. The latter compares with the total future arisings estimate for low level wastes contained in the latest 2001 United Kingdom Radioactive Waste Inventory of 1,490,000 cubic metres.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the landfill sites authorised to receive low-level radioactive waste, indicating which are (a) unlined and (b) single-skinned. [109627]

Landfill siteLocationEngineered containment status
Arpley LandfillArpley, WarringtonEngineered containment (lined)
Milton, LandfillMilton, CambridgeshireEngineered containment (lined)
Cowpen BewleyBillingham, ClevelandNo engineered containment (unlined), excavated in clay
Clifton MarshPreston, LancashireEngineered containment (lined)
Asham QuarryBeddingham, East SussexEngineered containment (lined)
Hilts QuarryCrich, DerbyshireNo engineered containment (unlined)
Magnesium Elektron SwintonSwinton, Greater ManchesterNo engineered containment (unlined)
Vickers Waste PondsWalney Island, CumbriaNo engineered containment (unlined)
Braziers LandfillHertfordshireNo engineered containment (unlined)