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Britain’s nuclear waste could be buried underground in Cumbria

By Adam Vaughan

Illustration of a geological disposal facility for nuclear waste

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The UK’s long-standing search for a site for an underground nuclear waste disposal facility received a boost today when a community in northwest England took the first formal step towards housing the £ 12 billion facility.

Two years ago the UK and Welsh Governments restarted their search for an area to voluntarily set up a geological disposal facility with a long-term solution for half a century worth of radioactive waste storage. Today the material is located at around 30 locations in England, Scotland and …