The long-running battle to build an underground nuclear waste facility in the north of England has run into fresh problems, as communities reacted with shock to the news that they were being considered as locations. The north-east port town of Hartlepool is one of the sites in the frame as a potential site for a geological disposal facility (GDF), while a former gas terminal point at Theddlethorpe, near the Lincolnshire coast, is another. Cumbria, where much of the waste is stored above ground, is also being considered. Victoria Atkins, a government minister and the MP for Louth and Horncastle, said she was “stunned” by the prospect that her constituency could host a GDF, claiming that the Conservative-controlled Lincolnshire county council’s engagement with the government’s radioactive waste management group had been kept hidden from her.
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Since the beginning of this new search process for a site to bury the nation’s vast stockpile of nuclear waste, Allerdale Working Group has been clear about one thing – The Lake District is not part of the search area. They have stated this in meetings with Cumbria Trust. They have taken the same position when talking to the Lake District National Park Authority. They have even produced a leaflet for distribution to every household in Allerdale which states “The Working Group has already agreed that a GDF will not be built in or under the Lake District National Park”. Now it transpires that this is not true. At a recent meeting with Allerdale Working Group, the individual who volunteered Allerdale for a GDF was challenged about the failure to exclude the Solway Coast AONB as well as the Lake District. He told the meeting that the Lake District may be re-included at the Community Partnership stage, which is likely to happen later this year.
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