A WORKING group has launched two online versions of their community drop-in sessions. These are to give more people an opportunity to join the discussion on whether Allerdale could be the right place to build a Geological Disposal Facility, or GDF, to securely dispose of the UK’s radioactive waste. ‘We need to talk about Geological Disposal’ is free to attend and takes place on Zoom on August 26 and September 9. The sessions will be hosted by Community Organisers – a national charity, and the membership body and training organisation for community organising in England – who are independent of the working group. The formation of the Allerdale GDF working group in January was the very beginning of a local conversation about geological disposal and a gradual, consent-based process to identify an initial ‘search area’ in Allerdale within which Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) will look for potentially suitable sites to build a highly-engineered facility deep underground to dispose of the UK’s radioactive waste.
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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen reacts to Hartlepool councillor’s resignations over nuclear waste talks. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says fellow Conservative Mike Young was right to resign from his role as deputy council leader and deputy mayor. He said: “As mayor I will continue to weed out who at Hartlepool Borough Council was involved in plans to turn the town into a dumping ground for nuclear waste. “The council is looking at the FOI [Freedom of Information request] I submitted and if it reveals more councillors were in contact with the Wharton Trust and Radioactive Waste Management, then regardless of political stripes they should be held to account.
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THE deputy leader of a council has resigned amid a row over the possibility of building a nuclear waste facility in the region. Conservative councillor Mike Young resigned last night as the deputy leader of Hartlepool Borough Council. Last week, the Conservative councillor admitted he helped facilitate meetings between the council and local organisation The Wharton Trust about a proposal to build a nuclear burial site.
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