1. ITV Report

Dear First Minister: An open letter about Scotland's nuclear waste

The Scottish Government has been warned that independence could see the country overrun with nuclear waste.

The MP for Sellafield, Jamie Reed, has written to the First Minister Alex Salmond to tell him that international rules mean there would be restrictions on how much radioactivity Scotland could export to England.

In his letter, the Labour MP explains:

"UK policy, in tandem with existing international legal requirements, prohibits the net import of radioactive materials into the United Kingdom through a policy of ‘substitution’. This means that whilst foreign owned radioactive materials can be brought to the United Kingdom on a strategic and commercial basis, materials with a net equivalent level of radioactivity are returned to those countries with whom we have contractual obligations. This means that whilst there may be a net increase in the volume of radioactive material in the UK as a result of these arrangements, there is never an increase in the net level of radioactivity being dealt with by the UK."

– Jamie Reed MP, Copeland (Lab)

In other words, under independence, Scotland could only export as much radioactivity as it imports, potentially restricting the amount it sends to Sellafield for storage.

That could then require a separate storage arrangement in Scotland.

The letter details the international restrictions on moving nuclear waste to Alex Salmond Credit: PA

In addition, Mr Reed says the most highly radioactive waste is not permitted to be transported from one country to another.

This means waste from Hunterston and Torness reactors could be prevented from being stored at Sellafield and would have to be dealt with in Scotland instead.

A statement is expected from the Scottish Government.