Search For "Willing Host Community" To Take Radioactive Waste

Plans to bury the UK's stockpile of the most dangerous radioactive waste have been revealed.

Communities across Wales will be given the opportunity to feedback on the issue.

A Government-run Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) meeting is being held in Swansea on March the 12th. A second will take place in Llandudno on March the 14th. A spokesman has told us if you want to attend these talks you will need to book your place online. More information here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/site-evaluation-consultations-public-events

No details of any potential sites have been made public.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns told us: "Well this is a wider issue that needs consideration. But it's all in the normal course of events. I don't want anyone to read anything extra ordinary out of this. This is not anything that is very different to the normal. Everyone knows that the standards the UK holds are admired around the world anywhere in this field. I am completely comfortable as someone who comes from that community - it is not geographic at all."

This is what he had to say to our reporter Emma Grant this afternoon - click link to LISTEN.

Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi found out about the consultation via Twitter.  Listen to her reaction here: 

If you want to attend the consultation meeting in Swansea you need to book your place online. 

Screening work has been carried out across the UK. Wales has been broken up into 6 subregions on a special website set up to inform the public. https://geologicaldisposal.campaign.gov.uk/

The Welsh Government has also published its Working with Communities policy:   https://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/epq/chemicalsradioactivity/radioactivity/radioactivewastemanagement/?lang=en

Several videos discussing the suitability of each of the 6 subregions have been released. Watch Swansea and South Wales region here:   



Consultation starts tomorrow in England. With events being held in Cambridge, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Penrith, Cheltenham, Exeter and Darlington until  Thursday, March 7th.


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