§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the latest figures he has in respect of the volume of disposal of low-level radioactive waste(a) at Drigg and (b) at local authority landfill sites.
§ Mr. Trippier
The latest figures showing volumes of low-level radioactive waste disposals to the disposal facility operated by BNFL at Drigg, Cumbria are set out in the BNFL publication "Radioactive Discharges and Monitoring of the Environment 1989", a copy of which is in the Library.
Small amounts of low-level radioactive waste are authorised under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960 for 370W disposal at local landfill sites following careful safety assessments in each case. However, the Department does not maintain a central record of the volume of waste involved in these disposals.