Cumbria County Council’s cabinet will discuss this week whether to become involved in the group set up to explore the possibility of an underground nuclear waste storage facility in Copeland. The county council’s local committee for Copeland, which is composed of county councillors representing the Copeland area, has asked the local authority’s cabinet to consider the prospect of the council joining the “working group” set up to explore the possibility of siting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in the area. Set up in November last year, the first of its kind, the Copeland working group was formed to explore the issue without committing to support for a GDF in the area. A second working group was formed in Allerdale in January. Parish councils in Copeland and Copeland Borough Council have joined Copeland’s GDF working group, however the county council’s Labour leader, Stewart Young, declined an offer for the authority to be involved. The Copeland local committee made a resolution to request that the council’s cabinet considers joining the working group in January, however shortly after Mr Young stated he had no wish to see the council burdened with being involved in another “charade” on the siting of a GDF in Cumbria. “This is the third time that they’ve gone through this process. We have been through it exhaustively”, he argued, referring to two previous explorations of the issue which failed first in 1997 and then again in 2013, after the process was taken no further by the county council over a number of issues including a lack of certainty over safety and “community benefits” stemming from the project.
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