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Dounreay Stores Nuclear Waste from Six Countries

The Government has admitted that nuclear waste from six countries is stored at Dounreay in answers to parliamentary questions from Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael. Ministers have also been forced to admit that spent nuclear fuel from Georgia will have to be kept at Dounreay indefinitely as the country is considered too unstable. The plant in Caithness holds radioactive material from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland and Georgia. Material from all but Georgia is likely to be returned after reprocessing in the UK. The admission was made by energy minister Malcolm Wicks in a written parliamentary answer. Mr Carmichael said: \"We know that not only are we in the United Kingdom struggling to find an acceptable means of dealing with nuclear waste, but that other countries are having the same difficulty. \"To countenance the building of more nuclear power stations in these circumstances would be crass stupidity. Duncan McLaren, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, criticised Dounreay\'s \"terrible\" safety record. \"Countries that generate nuclear waste should not be allowed to dump it on others,\" he said.