£8m project to focus on future of nuclear waste

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ACADEMICS from two leading Yorkshire universities will take part in a £8m research programme looking at ways of dealing with Britain’s nuclear waste.

Leeds and Sheffield University will take part in the project which is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The aim is to bring together academics, Government advisors and the nuclear industry.

More than 40 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers will work over the next four years on issues including how best to handle spent fuels, packaging and storing waste, and dealing with nuclear sludges in ponds and silos at power stations.

Professor Simon Biggs, director of Leeds University’s Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, said: “The project is primarily focused on developing new technologies and providing confidence in the safe storage and disposal of legacy waste. The UK is a technology leader in this field.”