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Cumbria's nuclear waste disposal dilemma is prolonged

Britain needs to find a site for a long-term underground store for high level nuclear waste.

A site at Sellafield in Cumbria has been earmarked for the scheme which is potentially the size of a small city.

Experts say that waste stored at the site would be radioactive for thousands of years which has led to some environmental concerns.

As a result, a decision has been delayed until January 2013 when councillors will have to weigh up the economic benefits with environmental impact.

Presenter Chris Jackson looks at this controversial project and visits a similar facility in Finland.

Cumbria's Nuclear Future: an Inside Out Special is broadcast on BBC One North East & Cumbria and North West on Monday, 8 October at 19:30 BST. It is then available nationwide for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 08 Oct 2012