Open day at radioactive waste site

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An open day was held today (Saturday, July 7) at a low-level radioactive waste dump in the north of the county.

Augean, which runs the site at King’s Cliffe, invited residents to find out more about its operations.

The main aim of the open day was to show how the site is monitored by Augean, under the conditions of the Environmental Permits that are needed to operate the hazardous landfill site, but also by the Environment Agency which regulates the site.

Residents were also given the opportunity to examine and discuss the monitoring data in detail with Augean staff, as well as see how information is collected and analysed in the on-site laboratory by the team of technicians and chemists.

Dr Gene Wilson, group technical director at Augean, said: “We attach great importance to monitoring as it represents a vital part of our responsibility towards the environment and the health of the local community.

“The open day gives an opportunity for residents in the area around the facility to gain an insight into how the landfill is operated and monitored.

“Augean does 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 will feel reassured to know that the site is well managed and fulfils all of the obligations of the permits it operates under.”

Representatives of the Environment Agency and the Health Protection Agency were also on hand to talk to visitors.

Members of the public who were unable to attend the open day can arrange a visit by telephoning the site manager Simon Moyle on 01780 444905.