The UK is a world leader in nuclear waste management, having successfully processed and stored low, intermediate and high level nuclear waste from UK and overseas at Sellafield for over 50 years.
A new fleet of nuclear power stations would only add 10% to the volume of existing waste over their 60-year lifespan.
All of the UK’s nuclear waste is securely contained with an ever-increasing amount being solidified to make it suitable for long-term management. Other countries have already demonstrated how safe and secure long-term management and permanent disposal of nuclear waste is feasible. Countries such as Finland and Sweden are in the process of constructing deep geological radioactive waste disposal sites, following successful Government and public consultation.