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3rd December 2020, 19:45

European Commission threatens to take UK to court over Gibraltar's non-compliance with Radioactive Waste Directive

The European Commission has threatened to take the UK to court in February over Gibraltar's non-compliance with the Radioactive Waste Directive.

In a statement, the Commission says it has sent a 'reasoned opinion' to the UK for failing to correctly transpose certain requirements of the Directive in Gibraltar.

The Commission says radioactive waste is generated from the production of electricity in nuclear power plants, but also from the non-power-related use of radioactive materials for medical, research, industrial and agricultural purposes, and therefore that all Member States generate radioactive waste.

It requires Member States to draw up and implement national programmes for the management of all spent fuel and radioactive waste generated on their territory, from generation to disposal, in order to protect workers and the general public from the dangers arising from ionising radiation.

It says the UK has two months to reply to the letter, otherwise it will refer the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice.