HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 c270W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what volumes of(a) low-level radioactive waste and (b) intermediate-level radioactive waste, arising from reprocessing of imported spent nuclear fuel al: Sellafield, will be deposited in NIREX repository by the year 2030; and what proportion of the total waste in each category is this expected to constitute.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Since 1976, BNFL's contracts for the reprocessing of overseas spent fuel have contained options for the return of wastes. The Government intend that reprocessing contracts with overseas customers should continue to contain such options, that the options should be exercised and that the wastes should be returned.

The total volumes of waste which are likely to arise from BNFL's pre 1976 contracts are 3,000m for intermediate level wastes and 20,000m for low level wastes representing respectively approximately 1 per cent. of the total operational wastes arising in the United Kingdom by the year 2030.