How the government plans to win community support for an underground nuclear waste dump

James Parsons investigates the challenges the government faces in deploying the country’s first radioactive waste site deep underground

Sellafield nuclear power station
The Sellafield nuclear processing plant in Cumbria

According to the last inventory conducted by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2016, there is as much as 290,000 cubic metres of intermediate-level nuclear waste and 1,150 cubic metres of high-level nuclear waste in the UK – mostly in England (90%), with about 74% of all nuclear waste generated at Sellafield in Cumbria.

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