Today marks the 8th anniversary of the last attempt to bury the UK’s nuclear waste in Cumbria. On 30th January 2013, Eddie Martin, then Leader of Cumbria County Council, made an impassioned speech to his Cabinet and urged them to call a halt to the search in Cumbria. The Cabinet agreed and by 7 votes to 3 the process known as Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) was stopped. Since West Cumbria was the only area in the country to volunteer, that decision also marked the end of the national search process. During the 8 years since that decision, the government have been working on a new search process and have been busily rebranding in an attempt to distance themselves from some of the less honest practices which were used during the failed MRWS process. This time the developer is called Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. RWM frequently talk about transparency and openness of the new process, and to be fair we have seen some improvements in our discussions with them, but our suspicion remains that old habits die hard.
Cumbria Trust 30th Jan 2021 read more »