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Waste store planned for Dounreay
The site is being decommissioned at a cost of 2.9bn
The operators of the Dounreay nuclear complex in Caithness have lodged a planning application for a 100m treatment and storage plant.

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) proposes to construct three buildings at the site for handling intermediate-level waste.

Highland Council planning officials have recommended initial approval.

The UKAEA said it would be needed until a national disposal facility for waste becomes available.

According to the energy authority the plant will have a lifespan of 100 years by which time coastal erosion will be an issue for the site on the Caithness coast.

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