Nuclear waste dump site decision held rational

A resident has failed to persuade the High Court that the secretary of state acted irrationally in granting temporary permission to store low-level radioactive waste in Northamptonshire.

Permission had been granted to store the waste until mid 2013. The claimant argued that this was tantamount to a "foot in the door" for long-term disposal elsewhere on the site.

Deputy judge Stephen Stewart QC noted that the secretary of state had made it clear that any future application to expand the site should be considered on its own merits. Consequently, he found no suggestion that the approval had set a precedent for future decisions.

Bowen-West v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Date: 3 November 2011

Ref: CO/6357/2011.

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