NUCLEAR waste will be flown from a Scottish airport to the United States under plans to carry out further decommissioning work at Dounreay. Friends of the Earth Scotland has condemned the move to transport highly enriched uranium from the nuclear plant in Caithness to America, claiming it raises serious safety issues. An £18 million upgrade of Wick John O’Groats Airport was recently carried out to make it suitable for larger planes. Now there are fears the nuclear flights could begin at any time after Highland Council published a road closure order that clears the way for minor routes around the airport to be closed over the next 18 months. Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Nuclear waste should be dealt with as close to where it is produced as possible, rather than risking transporting it between continents. Paul Monaghan, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has described the deal to transport nuclear waste to the US as “morally reprehensible”. Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has also expressed concerns about the transport plans. He said: “Many will be astonished it is considered appropriate to move, let alone fly, this waste material from Dounreay.
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