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Nuclear waste dump wins approval

Plans for a dump to store low-level radioactive waste in Caithness has won conditional approval from a Highland Council planning committee.

The application to build the 110m facility to handle waste from the Dounreay complex will now be considered by Scottish ministers.

People living close to the proposed site on a former military airfield have raised concerns.

These include worries the dump will devalue neighbouring properties.

Building the store within the Dounreay site was ruled out because of the potential future threat of coastal erosion.

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