How should the UK deal with its nuclear waste stockpile?

The UK is facing the dilemma of what to do with its huge stockpile of highly toxic nuclear waste.
Sellafield in 2000

The Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria is where most of the waste is stored, the by-product of years of reprocessing.

By 2020 there will be 140 tonnes of plutonium, the biggest non-military stockpile in the world.

But opinion is divided on whether it should be turned into fuel for the next generation of nuclear power stations or continue to be stored.

BBC Inside Out reporter Chris Jackson travels to America to find out if lessons can be learned from their experiences of turning nuclear waste into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel.

Inside Out is on BBC One North East & Cumbria and North West on Monday, 29 September at 19:30 BST and nationwide for seven days thereafter.

Source: BBC News

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