As part of the GDF programme, RWM looks forward to working with the newly formed Theddlethorpe Working Group and starting local discussions about the possible siting of a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). A Working Group marks the starting point in an exploratory, fact-finding and discussion process that would continue for as long as necessary before any commitment from a local community to host a GDF. Two similar Working Groups have already been established in Copeland and Allerdale, west Cumbria. Both have been holding a series of initial face-to-face public events to hear people’s views and share information, and to prepare for Community Partnerships. RWM will be a member of the Working Group, along with independent Chair Jon Collins, ex leader Nottingham City Council, Lincolnshire County Council, and Theddlethorpe Parish Council. East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has also been invited to join. The group will begin engagement with people living around Theddlethorpe and surrounding areas. It will focus on gathering information about the area, sharing information about geological disposal, and beginning to understand any issues or questions the local community might have. Leaflets are being sent to local households and information packs are also available on the Theddlethorpe GDF Working Group website. The first series of walk-in meetings with the Working Group team will start later this month, from 27 October.
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The mining engineer in charge of the multi-billion pound scheme to bury nuclear waste deep under the sea bed off the Lincolnshire coast has admitted it is not known if the site is even suitable. Government agency Radioactive Waste Management wants to build a plant at the old gas terminal at Theddlethorpe to receive “high-level” material for storage at a “geological disposal facility” (GDF) in clay rock 500 metres below the North Sea. A GDF contains solid radioactive waste encapsulated in concrete or glass and packaged in a concrete or metal container which is stored in underground tunnels and vaults. If Theddlethorpe went ahead, vaults would be constructed and rubbish dumped over the plant’s 100-year operational life before the site is finally sealed off. Local talks and the process of identifying a search area for the facility can now begin following the launch of a working group on Tuesday, October 12, after the county council agreed to join the group. But the site would probably not receive its first trainloads of waste until the 2040s at the earliest, even if the numerous planning hurdles were successfully cleared and the public gives its consent. Head of siting Steve Reece said that RWM is not entirely certain at this stage if Lincolnshire even has the right geology.
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Plans to dispose of nuclear waste from across the UK in Lincolnshire can only go ahead with the support of a “willing community”, officials have said. Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), a government agency, has identified a potential site at a former gas terminal in Theddlethorpe, near Mablethorpe. However, opponents said the move would impact tourism and lower house prices in the area. A working group has now been formed to examine the proposals.
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Plans for a nuclear waste storage site on the Lincolnshire Coast took a step forward today as the company bidding for the facility launched a working group. Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) is considering a site in Theddlethorpe for the facility but it has already faced opposition from local campaigners. The plans would see a surface receiving facility at the site of the village’s former gas terminal but the nuclear waste itself would be disposed several hundred metres under the seabed.
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