Highly radioactive nuclear waste could be permanently buried under national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), under government plans backed by a committee of MPs. Deep geological burial is seen as the only permanent solution for nuclear waste that will remain radioactive for many thousands of years and is currently stored at surface sites across the UK. Ministers’ attempts to choose a site in Cumbria for the £12bn facility were foiled in 2013 when the county council rejected the proposal.
Business Green 31st July 2018 read more »
Is This Britain’s Next Nuclear Waste Dump? A select committee has suggested putting nuclear waste from power plants under beauty spots in the country, angering environmental groups.
Huffington Post 31st July 2018 read more »
MPs have backed plans which could see nuclear waste buried deep in vaults beneath national parks. The Government is looking for an area to site an underground waste facility and has set out a framework for making planning decisions on the proposal in England. Initially set out in a draft national policy statement (NPS) in January, the plans have now been approved by the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee. The committee decided against calling for national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) to be excluded.
The i newspaper 31st July 2018 read more »
Carlisle News & star 31st July 2018 read more »
The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has just published its report which examined the Draft National Policy Statement (NPS) for geological disposal. This NPS is a document which considers some of the issues of critical importance which will decide how the search process will take place, and whether designated areas such as National Parks, AONBs and World Heritage Sites should be excluded. These potential exclusions were of particular relevance to Cumbria Trust since we are fortunate enough to have all three within our beautiful county. We are very disappointed to discover that the committee has decided to completely ignore the evidence and advice from the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Trust, Friends of the Lake District, Campaign for National Parks and many others by failing to exclude designated areas. Even Nirex understood the significance of these areas some 30 years ago and excluded them from the search area, so the current position has gone backwards from an environmental perspective.
Cumbria Trust 1st Aug 2018 read more »
Ditch the Dump Demo in Bowness, Five Years Ago! This time around the Government have taken away Cumbria County Council’s right of veto and also made Geological Nuclear Dumping a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. There is no “Disposal”. A Geological Nuclear Dump of heat generating wastes is not safe under the National Park or under the Irish Sea (which may actually be the plan). The National Park being flagged up may be to get folk outraged and narrow mindedly campaigning just to keep it out of the National Park. So then when Govnt say ‘actually beneath the Irish Sea is a better location’ then human nature is to say “well phew! that ain’t as bad!” No there should be No Geological Nuclear Dump anywhere, the technology does not exist. Government should just admit that and concentrate all effort on containment, monitoring and repackaging.
Radiation Free Lakeland 31st July 2018 read more »