The area of East Ayrshire in Scotland is currently going through a debate about the risks of transportation of radioactive waste. The nuclear energy company from France, EDF Energy has applied for authorisation to transport radioactive waste between its power stations that are located at the town of Hunterston in the North Ayrshire area and Torness in the East Lothian region.
Radioactive waste exposure may lead you to be eligible for East Ayrshire accident claims
The critics of the move have argued that this will significantly increase the amount of radioactive waste that is transported between the east and west coast which will increase the risk of accidents occurring. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency or SEPA is reviewing the applications and will be making public consultations in July. A former government adviser on radiation and energy consultant, Pete Roche, has criticised the plans and echoed the sentiments of the increase or risk of accident from increased radioactive waste movement. He has recommended that the Scottish Government make sure that EDF Energy do not go ahead with allowing the waste trucks move across the country and instead of this, force the firm to treat the nuclear waste as close as possible to where the waste is produced.
Another critic of EDF Energy’s plans is the chair of the Hunterston Site Stakeholder Group, Rita Holmes, who fears that road accidents could happen and result in radiation leaks. She also is in favour of the current policy of the government to store the nuclear waste near the production site.
The overseer of nuclear safety in the UK is the Office for Nuclear Regulation but they have so far not made any objections to the applications by EDF Energy as there are time limits that should be followed when disposing of nuclear waste. However, they have stated that any waste that is transported needs to be done in compliance with the relevant regulations. The government of Scotland has suggested that they would not allow the transportation of waste between the two sites on a long-term basis and any transfers of waste need to be handled with care. EDF Energy have said in response that this new transportation plan was a practical decision and that they would take all the relevant precautions.
If you require medical treatment in an accident that involves radioactive waste then you may be able to make East Ayrshire accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline.
East Ayrshire accident claims from radioactive waste exposure
Compensation can be claimed if you make successful East Ayrshire accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline, you can contact them by calling or texting the appropriate phone number that is found at the top of the page.
Date Published: 3rd January 2015
Author: David Brown