History of Nuclear Waste Disposal Proposals

Prior to 1976 very little thought was given to the question of how to deal with the nuclear waste produced by military and nuclear electricity programmes. Some lower level waste was disposed of at sea, but most waste was simply accumulating at various nuclear sites around the country. Then a report from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (known as the Flowers Report) raised the alarm. It said it would be morally wrong to commit future generations to the consequences of fission power on a massive scale unless it has been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that at least one method exists for the safe isolation of these wastes for the indefinite future. Since then the search for a solution to the nuclear waste problem has gone from one disastrous proposal to another. This history starts with the first planning application made in January 1978 to Kyle and Carrick District Council (South-west Scotland) by the UK Atomic Energy Authority to test drill on Mullwharchar Hill near Loch Doon on the border between Strathclyde and Dumfries and Galloway and continues up to the establishment of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management in 2002.

History of Nuclear Waste Disposal Proposals 2002.

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