Radwaste policy in tatters as Gummer blocks Nirex dump

Environment Secretary John Gummer has dismissed plans by Nirex to construct an underground test laboratory near Sellafield, Cumbria. The ruling - which makes unusually damning criticisms of Nirex's proposals - has set back efforts to find a disposal site for the UK's radioactive waste for many years and called into question the justification for nuclear fuel reprocessing at the controversial THORP plant at BNFL's Sellafield works.

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