The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee publish a report on the Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure. The inquiry examines the objectives and scope of the guidance for those considering applications and the framework for granting development consents. It also considers how it fits in with the Government’s Industrial Strategy and emphasis on regional growth. Overall, the report finds that the draft NPS is fit for purpose and contains adequate guidance and details needed for the developer, the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State to put forward and make recommendations on development consent orders. The report welcomes the fact that the NPS and the separate but relevant ‘Working With Communities’ policy incorporate some of the key lessons from previous unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable location for a Geological Disposal Infrastructure (‘GDI’). The Committee makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving the engagement of and benefits to prospective host communities and, subject to these caveats, supports the case for the final NPS to be brought before Parliament for approval.
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Nuclear waste could be stored under some of the most beautiful parts of the country prompting a row with rural campaigners. A committee of MPs has controversially given the green light to Government plans which could see nuclear waste buried deep in vaults beneath England’s national parks. The decision was condemned by campaigners who it put “our treasured landscapes under the threat of inappropriate and major development”. England has 10 national parks covering nearly 5,000 square miles. Each has its own authority which has two statutory duties – to conserve its countryside and wildlife, and to allow people to enjoy them. The Government has launched a search for an area to site an underground radioactive waste facility and set out the framework for making planning decisions on the proposal in England. MPs on the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee backed the Government’s approach and decided against calling for national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to be excluded. The cross-party group said “in our view it is right for safety matters to prevail over environmental concerns in this case”. It added that existing planning safeguards would prevent “intrusive developments and environmental damage”. The Government’s approach to “geological disposal infrastructure” was set out in a draft national policy statement in January.
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Ruth Bradshaw at the Campaign for National Parks said: “Our national parks are precious national assets with, at least theoretically, the highest level of protection through the planning system. The proposed nuclear storage facility is completely contrary to the purposes of national parks.” Emma Marrington at the Campaign to Protect Rural England said: “Where such major development takes place we destroy beautiful landscapes and ruin our opportunity to pass on a beautiful piece of countryside to the next generation.” “Radioactive byproducts are yet another reason the government must stop building dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear power stations,” said Lucas. “The future is in clean, renewable energy like wind and solar.” Greenpeace UK’s Kate Blagojevic said: “It’s mystifying why the UK, alone among major western nations, insists on propping up this obsolete 20th-century technology.” In the 1980s and 1990s the UK spent £400m examining a proposed GDF site near Sellafield that was eventually abandoned due to the highly complex and fractured nature of the geology.
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MPs have given the green light to plans which could see nuclear waste buried deep in vaults beneath national parks.
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NDA radioactive waste strategy will apply to all radioactive waste generated within the NDA Group, including materials that may become waste at some point in the future. This consultation closes at midday on 31 October 2018. The NDA is seeking views on this single radioactive waste strategy that will apply to all radioactive waste generated within the NDA Group, including materials that may become waste at some point in the future.
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