Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (42)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

31 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has expressed concerns to the British authorities on the proposal to store foreign nuclear waste permanently in the UK, as suggested in a recent consultation document produced for the UK Department of Trade and Industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7163/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The UK Department of Trade and Industry has conducted a study into the possibility of intermediate level radioactive waste substitution, that is, swapping foreign owned intermediate level radioactive waste for equivalent quantities of United Kingdom owned high-level waste for return to the country of origin. This study has been published as a consultation document by the Department of Trade and Industry and my Department has received a copy. As we intend to respond to the consultation, which is open until 30 April next, I have asked the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland for its advice on the proposals.