Longevity of ILW Packages

Thousands of containers of lethal nuclear waste are likely to fail before being safely sealed away underground according to an Environment Agency report published in August 2008. This prompted the chair of the first Committee on Radioactive waste Management Professor Gordon MacKerron to tell The Independent: “If we are going to dispose of the waste, this should be done as quickly as reasonably possible.” This in turn prompted Dr Rachel Western and Pete Wilkinson to respond by letter expressing their puzzlement at Prof MacKerron’s view.

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