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SCOTS RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT DOUNREAY NUCLEAR FUEL REPROCESSING

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Conveners of councils in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are renewing their calls for the Scottish executive ...
Conveners of councils in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are renewing their calls for the Scottish executive to hold a public inquiry into plans to restart reprocessing of nuclear fuel from Dounreay.

The Scotsman (24 June, p10) reported that last month a number of local authorities voiced their concerns at the UK Atomic Energy Authority's proposal to recycle spent fuel from the plant in Caithness after a consultation paper was issued by the Department of Trade and Industry.

One major concern is that restarting reprocessing could lead to other nuclear material being brought to Dounreay for reprocessing and even storage.

David Green, the convener of Highland Council, said that feelings were running high throughout the region, and that the issue must be subjected to a public inquiry.

'That was the view from Argyll and Bute in the south to Shetland in the north. All the authorities are clearly concerned about the environmental damage being caused by Sellafield and Dounreay.

'There is a clear view that there is not enough information being released on what Dounreay's intentions are or what is to happen to nuclear waste management in the long term.'

Mr Green added: 'The conveners' group wants the government to publish it own strategy on waste management and to hold a public inquiry. We need a good hard look at waste management to ensure that it is safe, that the environment is protected and that proper management is in place.'

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