Copeland Borough Council have volunteered to be part of a working group which will consider the burial of nuclear waste within the borough, or off Copeland’s coast in a geological disposal facility (GDF). Significantly, the decision has been made to exclude the Lake District National Park from the search area. A second key difference is that Cumbria County Council has lost its right to veto a Copeland decision to proceed, despite the scale of the potential project having significant implications for the county well beyond Copeland’s boundaries. A third difference is that a substantial offshore area has been included. During MRWS the GDF could have been beneath the sea, up to 5km from the shore. The new process extends the offshore area from 5km to 22km from the shore of Copeland. Significantly this now includes some rock formations much further from the mountains of the Lake District, and this may mean that groundwater is slower moving and less problematic for a GDF.
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