West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has secured a Westminster Hall Debate to raise the issue of Plutonium Disposition with Government.
The United Kingdom currently stores around 140 tonnes of civil plutonium at the Sellafield site in Jamie Reed’s constituency. This is the largest civil reactor grade plutonium stockpile anywhere in the world.
The debate will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 14th June) at 11am and Jamie Reed MP, who is a Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and a Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear, will call on Government to commit to establishing a timeline whereby the plutonium stores at Sellafield can be utilised as a nuclear fuel.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“Government must take action now to plan for an efficient and effective way to dispose of our nuclear stockpile.
“I have approximately 140 tonnes of plutonium sitting in my constituency and there’s no plan for it. It’s not a waste, it’s an asset and the longer we leave it, the harder it becomes to do anything with.
”By ulilising the stockpile as a fuel rather than waste, we will help to meet our non-proliferation objectives, secure our energy supplies, and fight climate change”.