Plans to Dump Low Level Radioactive Waste in Landfills
The government is examining plans to relax safety limits to allow low-level radioactive waste from civil and military nuclear plants to be dumped in landfill sites around the country.Contaminated metal and other materials from reactors and related facilities could also be recycled into household products, such as food containers and furniture. Radioactive rubble could be used to build roads, or used in other major construction projects.
Materials contaminated by twice todays legal limit of plutonium and up to 250 times todays legal limit of radioactive tritium could be disposed of along with ordinary rubbish, or reused in consumer goods.
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Page last updated: August 17, 2005