Plans to extend the lifespan of a centre which takes in low level nuclear waste have triggered concerns the site could be targeted by terrorists.
Augean Plc has applied to the National Infrastructure Directorate to extend its operations at the East Northamptonshire Resource Management Facility in Kings Cliffe to 2026 and to increase its soil treatment activities from 100,000 tonnes per year to 150,000.
East Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee is unhappy with the proposal and has drawn up a list of concerns, including that the site could be targeted by terrorists.
Committee member Cllr Roger Glithero said: “This council and the county council previously objected to this site being used for the dumping of low level nuclear waste and we have to be consistent with this application.
“In our list of concerns we’ve said Augean should not be able to self monitor the site. We also talk about security. We don’t know what will happen to that material in the future or where the terrorists will come from.”
An Augean spokesman said the site was examined by the police and is monitored by the Environment Agency.
He added: “The waste has such a low activity level it couldn’t be harnessed for terrorist activity. It is equivalent to what you would find in a dental x-ray, the site is no more a target for terrorist activity than a dentist’s or a doctor’s surgery.”
If the application is approved Augean will have to finish using the site and restore it by December 31, 2026.
The use and restoration of the site is currently due to end next year.
An open day will be held at the site from 10am to 4pm on July 7.