DEFRA - Response to public consultation about Long Term Management of Solid Low Level Radioactive Waste

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John Howley

Radioactive Substances Division

DEFRA

Dear Sir

LONG TERM MANAGEMENT OF SOLID LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE

This Group has studied your public consultation document, and wishes to make the following points:

  1. The basic principle needs to be that the polluter pays - the production of radioactive waste involves responsibility for its long-term storage. Any subsidies from the taxpayer should be dealt with on a justification basis
  2. The segregation principle should not just be based on perceived risk, since risk evaluation is an inexact science, which may well change. Length of half life should be another factor in the segregation process. We should be looking towards provision of storage facilities, which could be local for shorter term storage, and more central for longer term, with a view to full decay of radioactivity before disposal into the environment.
  3. The underlying principle in any management process should be safeguarding of future generations.
  4. Incineration or landfilling of radioactive waste that is not fully decayed is not management or disposal of that waste, it is dispersal of it into the environment, and this Group cannot therefore support those methods.

Yours sincerely

Evelyn Parker SECRETARY