An EDF spokesman said: "According to our initial information it was an explosion in an oven used to melt metallic radioactive waste of a low level and very low-level radioactivity. In this kind of furnace there are two kinds of waste – metal waste (hatches, pumps, tools) and combustible waste like gloves or workers' overalls."
Yesterdays Grauniad carried a piece regarding an explosion at a French nuclear waste plant. Members of the Stop the Incinerator campaign are circulating this piece because we have every reason to believe that a waste plant handling very low-level radioactive waste could be built, extraordinarily without the need for planning permission, within the four boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Sutton and Croydon.
24.08.11 Press release immediate:
No need for planning to incinerate radioactive waste.
The council (1) must explain why they have added a paragraph to the South London Waste Plan that allows a new facility to be built anywhere in Croydon that can incinerate hazardous waste and radioactive waste (2) without the need for a waste company to apply for planning permission.
Taken from Page 52 (refer to pdf document)
The additional paragraph reads:
4.60a ….planning permission for additional facilities for other waste streams including Construction, Demolition and Excavation Waste, Hazardous Waste, Agricultural Waste, Clinical Waste, Radioactive Waste and Waste Water will be permitted provided there is identified need and the proposal meets the other policies of the South London Waste Plan.
Page 41, Section 4.33 defines Radioactive waste as a “product of a nuclear process such as nuclear fission”
Shasha Khan of the Croydon Green Party said:
“Councillors have rendered themselves voluntarily impotent. Health damaging decisions are being taken right under their noses whilst they sit idle. One begins to wonder why councillors are turning a blind eye time and time again on this issue (3) Waste companies must be seeing pound signs flashing in front of their eyes if they are able to incinerate highly dangerous and yet highly profitable waste streams without the need for a planning application. “
(1) Croydon council, along with Kingston, Merton and Sutton councils make up the South London Waste Partnership
(2) Page 41 Section 4.33 defines Radioactive waste as a “product of a nuclear process such as nuclear fission.”
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