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Safety rules relaxed for UK radioactive wastes, due to fears of supply disruption after Brexit

  • Brexit: Radioactive waste to pile up at hospitals, universities and factories due to supply fears Independent, 7 Apr 19, 
    Ministers told to own up about any risks to health and security, after limits are quietl
    y relaxed.   Rob MerrickDeputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick Radioactive waste will be piled up above normal safety limits at hospitals, universities and factories because of fears that Brexit will disrupt supply chains.

Ministers are under pressure to own up to any potential risks to health and security, after emergency advice was quietly issued to organisations and businesses.

Under the measure, they are being allowed to bust limits if they are unable to export waste because of Brexit – or if they fear they will be unable to obtain the radioactive material they need.

The rules have been relaxed regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU or – as seems increasingly likely – there is an extension to Article 50 until next year or beyond.

Rosie Duffield, a Labour MP and supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a new Brexit referendum, said it was another example of consequences “nobody voted” for in 2016.

“It is essential that a minister comes to the Commons and makes a statement about the environmental and security risks that storing more waste at industrial or NHS sites pose,” Ms Duffield said.

“It is not acceptable that the rules on something like this can be changed without proper public discussion and accountability.”

The Environment Agency acknowledged the substances were hazardous but insisted there was “no risk to the public or the environment” from the new rules……

April 8, 2019 - Posted by | politics, UK, wastes

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