Letter: CHRIS WHITESIDE County councillor for Egremont North & St Bees (Conservative)Any consideration of the issue of nuclear waste in Cumbria must start by recognising one basic fact. No matter how much some people might wish it were otherwise, Britain already has thousands of tons of low-level waste material, and a substantial amount of high-level nuclear material, as a legacy of our existing and historical nuclear programmes. And much of it is already in Cumbria. Imagining that the tens of thousands of cubic metres of nuclear material which is already here at sites like Sellafield and the LLWR will somehow magically go away if you put up posters demanding that there should be no nuclear waste in Cumbria or, worse, try to sabotage any attempt to get a rational discussion going about how we can most safely manage the nuclear waste which we already have by vilifying anyone who takes part in a conversation about it, is not just incredibly stupid but utterly irresponsible.
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