HC Deb 22 June 1993 vol 227 c135W
Mr. Simpson

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what countries are expected to ship waste to, and receive plutonium from, the thermal oxide reprocessing plant.

Mr. Eggar

The thermal oxide reprocessing plant is a recycling facility which will reprocess spent nuclear fuel to recover the plutonium and uranium in a form which can be used for electricity generation. Nuclear waste will not be shipped to THORP. The plant has contracts from customers in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Plutonium would be returned only under international safeguards and upon receipt of appropriate assurances covering peaceful use, physical protection and controls on re-transfer.