Waste and Decommissioning

We are committed to managing spent fuel and radioactive waste safely, securely and to the highest standards. As with the rest of the industry in the UK, Horizon Nuclear Power will work alongside government, regulators and local communities to ensure everyone is kept informed about our robust waste management operations.

The UK has a strong and independent nuclear regulatory regime, which will play a key role in helping to ensure the secure final disposal of waste arising from the new generation of UK nuclear power stations. There is government policy in place to develop a deep Geological Disposal Facility Repository for final storage. The UK is following international best practice and the process for constructing deep geological radioactive waste disposal sites is already underway in countries such as Finland and Sweden.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken the lead in establishing a UK site for the repository and it is the role of the UK Government to assess the options available.
To find out more about what the Government is doing about radioactive waste visit the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The Government has clearly stated that developers and operators of new nuclear power stations will need to finance them. This includes meeting the full costs of decommissioning and each operator's full share of waste management costs.

The reactors we will use have been specifically designed with decommissioning in mind. Our sites will have been built, operated for 60-plus, years and fully dismantled before many of the UK’s current nuclear power stations have been fully decommissioned.

Hitachi has considerable global experience in decommissioning nuclear power stations. We understand the technology involved and are clear on the need for significant investment.

The UK has a strong and robust and independent nuclear regulatory regime.
The uranium required to fuel existing and potential new stations is readily available and can be found in politically stable countries.