Very low level waste

A policy statement for the long-term management of solid low level radio­active waste in the United Kingdom was published by Defra and the devolved administrations in 2007 (Defra et al., 2007 ). Among other provi­sions, this identified a need for greater flexibility in the approach to LLW disposal and, subject to permitting based on a ‘risk informed approach’, applications may be made to dispose of LLW/VLLW to conventional land­fill sites (inert, non-hazardous and hazardous waste disposal sites).

The first site to have been licensed for high volume-VLLW disposal to landfill is the Lilyhall landfill site operated by Waste Recycling Group and Energy Solutions. Some of these proposals have been controversial with

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image199"16.7 Main materials in the LLWR (a) trenches and (b) vaults to March 2008.

local communities. Following an appeal against a rejection of planning permission by Northamptonshire County Council, permission for LLW dis­posal was granted for another site at King’s Cliffe, operated by Augean.

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