The Allerdale GDF Working Group has today announced a proposed Search Area for further consideration in the search for a suitable site to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) to permanently dispose of higher activity radioactive waste. A Search Area is the geographical area on land within which Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) – the Government organisation responsible for planning and delivering the project – would seek to identify potentially suitable sites. Search Areas have to be based on district electoral ward boundaries. Following completion of early-stage work today’s proposal outlines an area of approximately 230 square kilometres, comprising 13 Allerdale District electoral wards. The Search Area does not include any land that is within the boundary of the Lake District National Park (LDNP), which will continue to be excluded from consideration. Deep geology beyond the coast is also being considered for the siting of the underground elements of a GDF.
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A search area has been identified in the hunt for a possible nuclear waste disposal site in Allerdale. The next part of the process involves forming a Community Partnership to continue the conversation. However, a Community Partnership can only be formed with participation from at least one relevant Principal Local Authority. If a Community Partnership is formed, there will be a process for identifying groups, organisations and individuals aiming to be reflective of the community to continue this work as Community Partnership members. At that point, search area communities will be eligible to benefit from Community Investment Funding for projects, schemes and initiatives that improve the local area or the community’s wellbeing. Construction of a GDF requires both a suitable site and a willing community. If a suitable site is eventually found in Allerdale – which could take 10-15 years – a Test of Public Support (such as a poll or referendum that gives people a direct say) would be held with those living in the wards affected. Without public support, the project would not go ahead.
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Allerdale GDF Working Group have finally released a map of their search area today, illustrating where they would like to consider burying the UK’s vast nuclear waste inventory. However, what they haven’t mentioned is that a significant proportion of the chosen area has previously been declared as unsuitable by the British Geological Survey (BGS). Here is a map produced by the BGS in 2010 which identifies areas unsuitable for geological disposal, largely due to the presence of coal and coal-bed methane.
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The government agency behind the plans to build a nuclear waste dump in Theddlethorpe has pledged to answer campaigners’ questions after councillors agreed to hold talks. Radioactive Waste Management has had plans for the nuclear waste facility for two years and now Lincolnshire County Council has joined a working group to test the public support for it to be built in Theddlethorpe. When it was made known to the public in July this year, it caused controversy and anger among some residents, who have recently protested outside Lincolnshire County Council offices twice to express their opposition to the idea. Today (October 5) some gathered chanting “no nuke dump” and holding up banners which read “no nuclear dump – back to agriculture as promised”, as councillors made a decision to join a working group. One protester directed a comment at Radioactive Waste Management telling them to “go away”. Radioactive Waste Management has made a statement on Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to join the working group. Steve Reece, head of siting at RWM, said: “We welcome today’s decision by Lincolnshire County Council to accept the invitation to join a working group. “We will now focus on the work required to enable the working group to be formed as soon as possible, so it can begin engagement with people living around Theddlethorpe and surrounding areas.
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A NEW deputy council leader and deputy mayor have been selected in Hartlepool after a councillor stepped down from the positions following a nuclear waste talks row. At the latest Hartlepool Full Council meeting Conservative Councillor Cameron Stokell was named new deputy leader, while Independent Councillor Rob Cook was chosen as deputy mayor. It comes after Conservative Councillor Mike Young announced his resignation from the two positions in August following controversy over his role in talks about potential nuclear waste disposal in Hartlepool.
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