The search for a site for an underground radioactive waste store will not be able to be derailed by a single council and could be decided by a referendum, it has been revealed. A 72-page document was published yesterday detailing the next steps in the search for the multi-billion-pound underground geological disposal facility, following a public consultation. It has made it clear that the initial stages of investigation do not need authority support, although if it progresses to a legal footing, at least one council would have to be on board. The test of public support, as it is called in the document, could be a referendum, formal consultation or statistically representative polling. It added: “A GDF will only be built where there is both a willing community and a suitable site.” Its format would be decided by a community partnership, a legal body which would include community representatives, Radioactive Waste Management and local authorities.
Whitehaven News 21st Feb 2020 read more »
Just a quick comment (for now) on the front page of the Whitehaven News – Once again the government plan for a geological waste nuclear dump rears its ugly head and this time the press jubilantly report we ‘might get to vote’. This is scandalous – the public has voted time and again in Cumbria against the plan for a so called GDF, Geological Disposal Facility. This time the government have bypassed democracy to ensure the public ‘vote’ may be a skewed ‘referendum’ or a flimsy ‘show of public support’ – maybe the Mayor of Copeland or some such ‘yes man’ representative of the ‘host community’ will be taken as ‘the voice of the public’ ?
Radiation Free Lakeland 24th Feb 2020 read more »