In evidence last year to the lords investigation ministry of defence
witnesses said they had '...no nationally approved disposal route given the reluctance of local authorities to sanction disposal at landfill sites. We recognise this as a difficulty which has to be overcome...'. (emphasis added)
Nuclear industry pressure within Europe for landfill disposal is also
being transposed into law into UK, allows the government to raise permitted concentrations of radioactivity in contaminated materials which can be legally disposed of without regulatory control. This would pave the way for huge volumes of low level wastes, arising from future decommissioning of redundant nuclear facilities, to be dumped at landfill sites across the country.
The European Commission's recent fourth report on radioactive waste
management also points to landfill saying: 'It is important to achieve a common set of rules at EU level for the clearance for the large quantities of declared radioactive waste that will eventually exhibit very low levels of residual radioactivity.'
NFLAs are concerned that 'single market' pressures within Europe will level down regulatory control to that of the worst EU member states and open the way for greater deregulation in radioactive waste disposal.
A spokesman for NFLAs said: 'Local government fought off proposals for
landfill disposal of nuclear industry wastes in 1995. We are worried that what could not get through the 'front door' then, could creep in through the 'back door' now.'