The United Kingdom has a long history of both military and civilian activity in nuclear technology. In the early days of nuclear development, especially the 1950s, there was neglect of waste management, and this neglect has serious consequences in the present. It leads directly to the first major challenge for UK nuclear waste governance: extracting, characterising and safely packaging large quantities of legacy wastes, especially those held at Sellafield. Much more publicity attaches to the second challenge, which is the search for an acceptable long-term management route for wastes, especially the search for a suitable and acceptable site for deep geological disposal of higher activity wastes.
KeywordsWaste Management Radioactive Waste Spend Fuel High Level Waste Multiple Challenge
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