The potential for part of Kent to house the UK’s first nuclear waste storage site is still alive, amid mounting opposition. Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) revealed it is “considering whether to respond” to a government consultation identifying potential Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) sites – potentially putting forward Romney Marsh as an option. After decades of uncertainty about what to do with Britain’s 60-year legacy of dangerous radioactive waste – which is mainly spent fuel from atomic power stations across the country – the government in 2006 decided to bring them all together in a GDF. Gary Fuller, a member of Folkestone and Hythe’s Liberal Democrats who recently set up a petition against the facility, said the latest possibility of a GDF on the marsh could create a health and safety risk. “I would be very concerned having it there. We don’t know the long term consequences of storing nuclear waste underground in this way. “I think hitting yourself with a potential money making scheme at the risk of the residents is not a very good idea,” he said. The leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, who was particularly outspoken against the scheme last time, doubled down on his position. “I very much support Folkestone and Hythe District Council with its Otterpool Park scheme and the regeneration Roger De Haan is bringing to the area. “But I feel talking about this is a step backwards. “My concern is how would it get there?
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