The Financial Times (p8) reports that the house of lords science and technology committee believes the government should publish a green paper setting out proposals for nuclear waste management, which would be incorporated into a parliamentary Bill.
Endorsement by parliament of a national waste disposal policy should reduce the time spent at planning inquiries, said the report.
It recommended the establishment of a nuclear waste management commission and a radioactive waste disposal company to oversee and implement a national policy.
Compensation might be paid to communities affected by planning blight during and after decision making.
However, environmentalists responded angrily to the report and Greenpeace described members of the committee as a 'pack of ostriches'.