Wales shouldn’t be a nuclear dumping ground.
That’s the view of Plaid Cymru’s shadow energy minister Llyr Gruffydd AM, who was responding to an invitation sent to council leaders across Wales and England asking them to host Nuclear Waste disposal facilities.
The invitation, by Bruce McKirdy, Managing Director of Radioactive Waste Management Limited, includes financial inducements to cash-strapped local authorities to become part of the process.
Mr Gruffydd said: “Plans to create a disposal site that would store 650,000 cubic metres of waste in containers should be rejected for Wales. There are many geological constraints, including proximity of underground aquifers, coal deposits, as well as faultlines and unsuitable rock formations. These sites should also be well away from population centres.
“Wales has hosted more than its share of nuclear facilities in the past and it’s high time we stood up and said ‘enough is enough’ to dumping waste here. From research my office has conducted, nuclear waste disposal is a huge issue worldwide and has not been resolved despite the production of nuclear power for more than 60 years.”