Mike Starkie – Mayor of Copeland – I’d like to thank the GDF Working Group for inviting me to share my views on this vitally important process currently taking place in Copeland. The work that is under way to assess whether there is a willing host community and suitable place in our locality to accommodate a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is of significant national importance and, quite rightly, is attracting substantial interest and opinion. But what is not up for debate is that the Copeland borough has a significant role to play in this process, regardless of the final location of a GDF in England or Wales. As the host borough of the Sellafield site, Copeland is home to the vast majority of the inventory identified for disposal in a GDF. Once a GDF becomes available – wherever it is – activity at Sellafield will change as the site becomes the front-end of GDF operations, thereby having major implications for our local area. It is our obligation to our people, communities and environment to engage in the process and, on this basis and after a process of strategic analysis, Copeland Council reached the decision last year to join the Copeland GDF Working Group as an Interested Party.
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