Kings Cliffe: Radioactive waste deliveries start this year

A waste management company is preparing to begin disposal of low-level nuclear materials at a site in Northamptonshire despite a legal challenge.

Augean hopes to begin operations at the Kings Cliffe site near Oundle before the end of the year.

In May, the firm was given the go-ahead by a planning inspector and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Resident Louise Bowen-West is leading a legal challenge and said papers have already been lodged at the High Court.

This step follows a campaign against the decision by local residents.

Augean management said it was continuing to prepare the site for arrival of low-level radioactive waste, such as rubble, from demolished nuclear plants.

It anticipates the first consignments will be delivered from the fourth quarter of this year and will continue into 2012.

It said the company was applying to expedite the legal proceedings so this timetable was not delayed.

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