Britain offers communities millions in incentive to host nuclear waste

Britain aims to make permanent underground Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) that it can use to dispose of nuclear waste for thousands of years.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 13-05-2018 02:29 IST | Created: 13-05-2018 02:28 IST
Britain offers communities millions in incentive to host nuclear waste
Cumbria and Kent rejected the proposal saying that these waste sites could affect tourism. (Image Credit: Pixabay)
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Britain's minister has offered 1 million pounds to communities to volunteer in hosting underground stores for nuclear waste.

Britain aims to make permanent underground Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) that it can use to dispose of nuclear waste for thousands of years. A GDF would involve sealing the nuclear waste in a rock for as long as it remains hazardous.

The plan has drawn sharp criticism from campaigners who feel that the government's offer is not good enough as communities are being asked to perform hazardous public services.

Britain's attempt to encourage local communities to host nuclear waste in 2012 when councils in Cumbria and Kent rejected the proposal saying that these waste sites could affect tourism in Cumbria which contributes over 2.7 billion pounds to the economy.

A government spokesperson defended the government by saying that the multibillion-pound project is going to create robust employment for years to come and could spin-off infrastructure investment.

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