We were surprised to read in a Whitehaven News article, that the Copeland councillor, David Moore, who is responsible for the borough’s position on nuclear matters, appears not to have understood how the new search process for a site to bury the nation’s nuclear waste will work. He states: “They [landowners] are obliged at some point to ask for local authority support, but they can still take it forward without local authority support” In fact that is not correct. Landowners can form a Working Group to have initial discussions without a relevant principal local authority, but they cannot form a Community Partnership without one, and therefore the process will be halted at an early stage without local authority support. The Working with Communities framework published in December 2018 states: “In order for the Community Partnership to form and operate, at least one relevant principal local authority must agree to participate.” In addition, what David Moore fails to mention is that while a landowner, or a parish council can volunteer for the process, once the relevant local authority has joined, the landowner or parish becomes powerless to withdraw.
Cumbria Trust 17th Feb 2019 read more »
Concerns over the possible location of a nuclear waste dump in the Mourne and Slieve Gullion mountains was expressed by councillors at the Municipal District of Dundalk meeting last week. Cllr Mark Dearey noted that the Mourne area had been identified by the UK authorities as being suitable for the long term depositary of nuclear waste due to its granite mountains. It was one of a number of sites identified as being geologically suitable for the underground storage of nuclear waste. ‘The local authority would have to agree to be a host,’ he said. He felt that ‘the prospect of any local authority agency agreeing to be host is so close to zero’ so that it was case for vigilance but not alarm.’ Newry and Mourne Council had passed a proposal that they would not host a nuclear dump and were calling on all ten local authorities in Northern Ireland to do the same.
Irish Independent 16th Feb 2019 read more »