The UK's nuclear waste could be buried underground in Cumbria

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Illustration of a Geological Disposal Facility for nuclear waste


A long-running search to find a location for an underground dump to store the UK’s nuclear waste received a boost today as a community in north-west England took the first formal step towards hosting the £12 billion facility.

Two years ago, the UK and Welsh governments rebooted their hunt for an area willing to voluntarily host a Geological Disposal Facility, which is designed to provide a long-term solution to store half a century’s worth of radioactive waste. Today the material sits at about 30 sites across England, Scotland and …


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