Campaigners opposed to plans for a new UK coal mine believe it will be a ‘Trojan horse’ for a nuclear waste disposal facility. Woodhouse Colliery will be Britain’s first deep coal mine in 30 years if it is sunk under the Irish Sea off the coast of Whitehaven. But campaigners from Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole fear that the coal mine is a Trojan horse for the UK’s plans for a nuclear waste disposal facility in the area immediately adjacent. However, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Radioactive Waste Management subsidiary insists a coal mine is simply not suitable as a site for a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste.
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Today Radio 5 Live reported on the coal mine- they did ask for Radiation Free Lakeland’s thoughts but decided they didn’t want them after all. The BBC 5 Live reporting was confined to climate impacts, steel and jobs, important, but this narrow reporting contains some high level omissions. Some of these omissions have been addressed by The Isle of Man Newspapers who are the first press (with the honourable exception of our local online Cumberland Echo) to expose the appointment of Coal Mine boss Mark Kirkbride to the Government’s Nuclear Dump plan for heat generating nuclear wastes. Reporter Adrian Darbyshire will be receiving an original cartoon in honour of being the first national press reporter (even though it isn’t our own national press) to expose the UK Government’s complicity in the coal mine plan and thoughts on what that complicity means for Cumbria and our neighbours.
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