Northampton

Kings Cliffe landfill site open to the public

The company behind a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in Northamptonshire has held an open day for members of the public.

Augean PLC was given permission in May to create the site, at Kings Cliffe, despite widespread opposition from the county council and residents.

People were invited to take a tour of the landfill operation, the soil treatment plant and laboratory.

A company spokesman said it wanted to reassure people over how it operated.

Dr Gene Wilson, group technical director of Augean, said: "We do recognise that the nature of its business, and the wastes that are managed, can be of concern to people living or working in this area.

"We feel that by visiting the site many local people would feel reassured to know that the site is well managed and fulfils all of the obligations of the permits it operates under."

The go-ahead was given for the site after a two-year stand-off between the hazardous waste company Augean and campaigners.

Some 98% of people who voted in local referendums opposed the plans.

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