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Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 772-73W, on radioactive wastes: waste management, what definition he uses of full share of waste management costs. (143292)

The reference in the Energy Review report to sharing costs reflects the fact that the storage facilities and deep repository will be primarily for waste that already exists: this will be for the public sector to fund. But we need to decide what contribution owners of new nuclear plant should make to the total costs. Our principle is that they should meet their “full share” of these costs, but we need to do more detailed work on how this should be calculated.