Green Party Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate for South Thanet, Ian Driver, has accused Discovery Park bosses of “doing a dirty on the people of East Kent by secretly sneaking a radioactive waste processing plant onto their site”. According to a document obtained by Driver hazardous waste processing company Augean PLC, who recently purchased land at Discovery Park, have obtained an Environment Agency Permit (number EPR/XB3235DD) to receive, store, transfer and dispose of radioactive waste at the site which is located less than 2 miles from the historic town of Sandwich.The permitted nuclear wastes include; Tritium; Carbon-14;
Phosphorous 32 and 33; Iodine radionuclides; Rubidium and Low Level incinerated radioactive waste residues. The Permit allows for large volumes (up to 100 cubic metres of each of the designated substances) to be stored at Discovery Park for up to six months. The Permit allows for these substances to be disposed of to the atmosphere during incineration; disposed of to the public sewer system; or transferred to other approved premises”.
Said Driver “I am shocked at the way Discovery Park’s management and Augean PLC have handled this extremely sensitive issue. Although both organisations claim that they are committed to consulting and working with the communities neighbouring their facilities, because planning permission was not required for this operation, they chose instead to keep schtum and sneak radioactive waste processing into East Kent by the backdoor”.
“There is no mention of the nuclear waste processing operation on the Discovery Park website. There is no mention of it on Augean PLCs website either (2). It’s outrageous and totally unacceptable for Discovery Park and Aguean to have foisted this controversial operation on to East Kent without consulting the community and explaining how they will guarantee public safety when storing and processing these highly toxic materials so near to residential areas. The community is owed an explanation about where the nuclear material is coming from, how it will be disposed of, where it will be transferred to and what safety precautions will be taken to protect local people”.
“Discovery Park and its owners pride themselves on being a major force in the regeneration of East Kent, especially now that they also own the Manston Airport site. If they genuinely want to make a difference and transform the area, then I suggest that they should start by being open and transparent, about their business operations instead of sneaking in controversial activities without consultation”.