Could north Leicestershire be put forward as location for a nuclear waste dump? Concerns have been raised that parts of north Leicestershire could be earmarked for a potential dumping facility for nuclear waste. The Government is seeking a site to develop as a £12billion geological disposal facility (GDF) to store an estimated 750,000 cubic metres of radioactive material that has been produced by 50 years of nuclear power and defence activity. Leicestershire County Council has this week agreed a response to a proposed Government package of incentives designed to get communities to agree to ‘host’ a storage complex that would see the waste buried at least 200 metres underground. Max Hunt, the opposition Labour group’s environment spokesman, said he was concerned the Widmerpool Gulf, an area between Melton and Nottingham, could be deemed a suitable for a GDF.
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