Fourth quarter of 1999
will keep Canadian reprocessing wastes
Parliamentary question and government answer (dated
5 November 1999)
to the following parliamentary question and government answer (dated
5 November 1999), the UK will keep reprocessing waste from contracts
signed with Canadian customers in 1970.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what
quantities of spent fuel from Canada have been contracted for reprocessing
at Sellafield; when the contracts were agreed; what arrangements exist
for the repatriation of the reprocessed plutonium and radioactive waste;
when the spent fuel arrived from Canada; and if it has been reprocessed
Liddell: The details and quantities of individual contracts, the timing
of fuel deliveries and of reprocessing for specific customers as well
as the detailed arrangements for returning plutonium and wastes to the
country of origin are commercial and operational matters for BNFL and
its customers. In understand from BNFL, however, that BNFL concluded
a contract to reprocess a quantity of Canadian spent fuel in 1970 and
that fuel covered by this contract has been delivered to Sellafield.
Since 1976 all BNFL's contracts for reprocessing overseas spent fuel
have contained options for the return of wastes to the country of origin.
The Government's policy is that these options should be exercised. BNFL's
overseas reprocessing contracts concluded prior to 1976 do not contain
return of waste options.