Plaid Cymru's policy in respect of nuclear power has become even more bizarre. It was already very strange in that party leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones supports a campaign to build a new nuclear reactor on Ynys Mon, while Plaid policy remains opposed, in principle, to the development of any new nuclear generation. Now another of Plaid's big guns, Presiding Officer of the Assembly, Lord Elis Thomas has joined Ieuan in backing the campaign for Wylfa 'B' to be given the go-ahead. He was opening a nuclear waste storage facility on the site of a former nuclear power station at Trawsfynnydd. In my opinion, Ieuan and Lord Elis Thomas are absolutely right. But it does make their party's position look ridiculous.
But one question about the new waste storage facility interests me. We're led to believe that the radioactive waste to be stored at this site, perhaps for 100 years, was left behind when the now redundant power station that was active at Trawsfynnydd until 1993 was closed. Will waste be brought in from other sites around the UK? And if so, how much and when? Present Government policy to dispose of radioactive waste is by deep burial - but since it may be anything up to 40 years until a site is identified and prepared, all waste will be stored above ground in centres such as the one officially opened today. Just asking.