Political war of words in Hartlepool nuclear waste row amid questions over council talks. Information requests have been made to council chiefs in a political row over talks about Hartlepool potentially being chosen to bury nuclear waste. Conservative Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Hartlepool MP Jill Mortimer have submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Hartlepool Borough Council for details about talks the council has had with representatives on behalf of the Geological Disposal Facility. Presentations have been held locally by Hartlepool community organisation The Wharton Trust on behalf of Radioactive Waste Management. Last week, Mayor Houchen accused Labour in Hartlepool of holding a “secret meeting” with the trust. Hartlepool Labour Group said they received a 10-minute presentation and took no decision to support the proposal. It has now emerged that Hartlepool Conservative councillor Mike Young, also the council’s deputy leader, helped organise meetings with the council after being approached by The Wharton Trust. Labour has also lodged an FOI with the council. A party spokesperson said: “In light of recent events and unfounded accusations directed at Hartlepool Labour Party by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Hartlepool Labour has come into possession of evidence indicating that senior Conservatives in the town have been negotiating and facilitating meetings regarding Hartlepool hosting a nuclear waste facility since September 2020.
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The agency behind nuclear waste dump on Lincolnshire coast insists it is not spying on campaigners. It is monitoring public comments about Theddlethorpe as part of gauging people’s views. The Government Agency behind a potential nuclear waste dump site in Lincolnshire says its monitoring of daily social media chatter is only to help it understand people’s views. Radioactive Waste Management has identified the former Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal as a potential geological disposal facility where radioactive waste would be buried deep underground. But people are concerned about safety, the future management of the waste and whether flooding or land erosion could destabilise the dump. Campaign group Lakes Against Nuclear Dump has now issued a leaked briefing document from August 5 which it says appears to show RWM has hired a “behavioural science” firm to keep tabs on “independent conversations of those talking online about the deep nuclear dump plan”. The briefing mentions that a “Twitter commentator is back and usually gets engagement when they tweet about the issue” and includes a link to news of an estate agent’s warning that house prices could fall.
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