DETR looks to planning reform to secure nuclear waste dump

The Government's plans to reform the planning system may be used to drive through approval for radioactive waste disposal sites in the face of local opposition, officials told a House of Lords inquiry in February. The inquiry has also raised questions over the future of nuclear power and fuel reprocessing following the collapse of Nirex's plans to build an underground waste repository.

The UK's radioactive waste management policy was left in tatters last year when Environment Secretary John Gummer refused planning approval for an underground "rock characterisation facility" near Sellafield in Cumbria (ENDS Report 266, pp 13-14 ). The decision was a crushing setback for Nirex's work on developing

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