MPs launch inquiry into nuclear waste disposal

They will examine the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure’s objective and scope of the guidance for those considering applications

By Priyanka Shrestha

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into nuclear waste disposal in the UK.

MPs will examine the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure’s objective and scope of the guidance for those considering applications and the framework for granting development consents.

They will also consider how it fits in with the government’s Industrial Strategy and emphasis on regional growth.

BEIS Committee Chair Rachel Reeves MP said: “Disposing of our nuclear waste safely is an issue of paramount importance. Decisions on the locations of nuclear disposal sites may have a significant impact on local communities. It’s vital that local planning authorities and the Secretary of State have the right guidance to take these important decisions.

“We’ll be assessing the suitability of the draft guidance, whether there are any improvements that can be made and what factors should be part of the decision-making process.”

The Committee is inviting comments until 15th June 2018.