ONE of the interested parties involved in the hunt to find a suitable site for a nuclear disposal facility has spoken about why it is involved. Radioactive Waste Management, the public body responsible for planning and delivering geological disposal in the UK, is exploring the possibility of creating a geological disposal facility in Copeland. The body compiled four reports after receiving proposals from Copeland Council, Irton Hall Ltd, GenR8 North Ltd and Dave Faulkner (Copeland resident and ex-Sellafield manager). Having determined there could be potential for a multimillion pound nuclear disposal facility in Copeland, the Copeland Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Working Group was formed on November 4 to involve the community in discussions. Nuclear waste is currently stored above ground inside the Sellafield complex. Irton Hall Ltd had interest in understanding the potential for inshore development, extending below the seabed, accessed from the coastal strip near the area of the Low Level Waste Repository site in Drigg. Steve Cotterill, owner of Irton Hall Ltd said: “The construction and operation of a GDF, wherever the eventual location is in the country, will have a massive economic impact for many decades. “A long-term nuclear industry presence is vital for the West Cumbria business community, and for a business like ours, having year-round, reliable custom is essential.
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