Suffolk councillors pass Sizewell radioactive waste store

A nuclear waste dry store for Sizewell B power station, now awaiting government approval, is likely to be the first of many should a new generation of plants be built

Sizewell B nuclear power plant (source: Wikimedia Commons)Suffolk county councillors have backed plans by French energy utility EDF for a ‘dry storage’ facility for highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel at its Sizewell B nuclear plant on the Suffolk coast.1,2

The ‘interim’ facility, which will not see any waste sent to a permanent disposal facility before the 2080s at the earliest, is likely to be the first of many should new nuclear power plants go ahead (ENDS Report 416, pp 36-40). 

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