This is the Cumbria Trust response to the public consultation related to the search for a suitable site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). BEIS and its predecessors have a track record of issuing consultation documents and choosing to ignore responses that go against their preconceived plans. As a result there are several fundamental concerns that we have about the proposed siting process. One of the chief ones is that National Parks and other designated areas are not being excluded from consideration as potential sites for the construction of one or more GDFs. This is of particular significance to those living or working in Cumbria, as the Lake District National Park is so close to Sellafield making it, for a succession of governments and those associated with the nuclear industry, a tempting target for locating a GDF despite the significant known geological and hydrogeological shortcomings.
Cumbria Trust 1st April 2019 read more »