King's Cliffe waste site: Agency to decide on extension plan

A government agency is to make a decision on a company's plan to extend a landfill site in Northamptonshire which accepts radioactive waste.

Low-level radioactive waste and other hazardous substances are stored and buried at the site near King's Cliffe.

It is due to close in 2013 but the company, Augean, wants to keep it open until 2026.

The National Infrastructure Directorate (NID) will decide whether to give the plan the go-ahead after consultations.

These will take place over the next nine months.

Augean's plan is to double its waste intake from 100,000 tonnes to 250,000 tonnes.

Northamptonshire County Council has submitted a report on the environmental impact of an extension to 2026, and the expansion of waste intake to 250,000 tonnes.

The council has been criticised by campaigners against the expansion for not opposing the company's plans strongly enough.

Chris Leuchars, who has been campaigning against Augean's operation, said: "Councillors have a list of reasons why they should challenge the plans but officers have recommended that they do not object."

A spokesman from the council said: "There are no Minerals and Waste Development Framework policies that would justify an objection to the principle of hazardous waste treatment and disposal at the site."

The NID is expected to complete its report by January 2013 and this will be submitted to the secretary of state for a final decision by March 2013.

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