Communities offered £1m a year to host nuclear waste dump. New search for communities willing to host underground site for thousands of years. Local communities around England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be offered £1m a year to volunteer to host an underground nuclear waste disposal facility for thousands of years, as part of a rebooted government programme. The financial incentive is one way the government hopes to encourage communities to host the £12bn facility, after previous efforts failed in 2013 when Cumbria county council rejected the project. Under new plans published on Thursday, a test of public support will be required for the scheme to go ahead, which could include a local referendum. The only areas to explore the idea last time round were Copeland and Allerdale borough councils in Cumbria, and Shepway District Council in Kent. Greenpeace criticised the payments, calling them bribes, and said new nuclear power plants should not go ahead without a long-term solution in place for their waste. Doug Parr, the group’s chief scientist, said: “Having failed to find a council willing to have nuclear waste stored under their land, ministers are resorting to the tactics from the fracking playbook – bribing communities and bypassing local authorities. “With six new nuclear plants being planned, the waste problem is just going to get much worse. Since there is no permanent solution for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel, the responsible thing to do would be to stop producing more of it instead of just passing the radioactive buck to future generations.”
Guardian 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Meanwhile Greenpeace, which strongly opposes nuclear power, has accused the Government of “resorting to tactics from the [shale] fracking playbook – bribing communities and by-passing local authorities.”
Telegraph 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Communities will receive up to £42 million if they agree to consider hosting an underground nuclear waste dump. They can keep the money even if they ultimately decide against it, under government plans. The payments, which will be spread over 20 years, are aimed at persuading communities to engage in the process of selecting and testing a site that will store enough radioactive waste to fill the Albert Hall six times. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said more than one community could receive the funding, with each being given up to £42million. The proposals appear to weaken the power of county councils, making it harder for them to prevent a community from agreeing to host the £19 billion “geological disposal facility” (GDF). A consultation document states the final decision will be subject to a “test of public support”, which could be a local referendum. The right to vote in the referendum could be restricted to a small area around the proposed site. Cumbria is still viewed as the most suitable location because of the ease of transporting waste at Sellafield and the willingness of the community. However, other areas with ageing or decommissioned nuclear plants have been suggested, including Dungeness, Kent, and Hartlepool, in Co Durham. Doug Parr, of Greenpeace, said: “Having failed to find a council willing to have nuclear waste buried under their land, ministers are resorting to the tactics from the fracking playbook — bribing communities and bypassing local authorities.”
Times 26th Jan 2018 read more »
A fresh search for an area to site a £12 billion underground nuclear waste facility is being launched by the Government, with the offer of a “community fund” while tests go ahead. The last effort was rejected by Cumbria County Council in 2013, but local residents will be given more of a say this time, with the possibility of a referendum as a test of public support. Building a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) will create up to 2,000 jobs and bring in at least £8 billion to the UK economy, according to the Government. The facility would be built at least 200 metres underground, made up of layers of steel, rock and clay to provide protection while some of the waste remains radioactive.
Energy Voice 25th Jan 2018 read more »
A fresh search for an area to site a £12 billion underground nuclear waste facility is being launched by the Government, with the offer of a “community fund” while tests go ahead. The last effort was rejected by Cumbria County Council in 2013, but local residents will be given more of a say this time, with the possibility of a referendum as a test of public support.
Lancashire Evening Post 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Belfast Telegraph 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Two new consultations have been launched by the government to find a site to develop a geological disposal facility (GDF) to store nuclear radioactive waste. Copeland has previously put itself forward as a host community for GDF, but the process came to an abrupt halt in January 2013 when Cumbria County Council voted not to proceed. Speaking today, the government’s energy minister, Richard Harrington, announced that interested communities can have say in the proposals – with planning consent only given to sites which have local support. Both consultations will run for 12 weeks.
Whitehaven News 25th Jan 2018 read more »
The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today launched two consultations on the management of radioactive waste. The consultations are on a draft national policy statement (NPS) for geological disposal infrastructure (GDF) and on Working with Communities as part of the search for a host for the GDF. Both consultations start today and run until 19 April.
World Nuclear News 25th Jan 2018 read more »
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), covering England and Northern Ireland, and the Welsh Government, today opened separate consultations which will enable stakeholders and members of the public to help shape policies on the geological disposal programme – the draft Working with Communities policy and the draft National Policy Statement.
RWM 25th January 2018 read more »
Cumbria Trust 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Working with communities: implementing geological disposal. This consultation seeks views on how communities should be engaged in a siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility for higher activity radioactive waste.
BEIS 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Implementing geological disposal: land use planning: The 2014 White Paper committed to bringing Geological Disposal Facilities (GDF) and deep investigatory boreholes (necessary to characterise sites) within the definition of nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in the Planning Act 2008 and then to produce a draft National Policy Statement (NPS). The relevant secondary legislation to designate geological disposal infrastructure as NSIPs was passed in March 2015.
BEIS 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Consultation on the National Policy Statement (NPS) for geological disposal infrastructure. We’re seeking views on whether the National Policy Statement (NPS) provides an adequate framework to make decisions on development consent applications for geological disposal infrastructure in England. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 19 April 2018.
BEIS 25th Jan 2018 read more »
The Atomic Ostrich policy: UK ignores Swedish landmark court decision in backing flawed radioactive waste technology. A path-breaking decision was taken by the Swedish independent Environmental Court on Tuesday this week to reject arguments advanced by the Swedish nuclear waste industry and Swedish nuclear regulator in favour of the plans to bury long-lived high-activity radioactive waste underground, in support of independent scientific criticism by the Swedish umbrella group, MKG, representing five major environmental groups. My observations are included in an article I reproduce below. Meanwhile, today the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department has released 890 pages of consultation documents on developing nuclear waste repository, which includes advocacy of the very packaging technology using copper, rejected two days earlier in Sweden, where the technology ( called KBS3) has been developed. It is the Ostrich posture: as Professor Andrew Blowers quotes evocatively in his magisterial book ‘The Legacy of Nuclear Power’ (Routledge, 2017) of the French nuclear industry on the Cotentin Peninsula, where La Hague (France’s Sellafield) is located: “The Cotentin is like an ostrich. It puts its head in the sand. It doesn’t see the hunter, but the hunter blasts its backside with his gun!”
David Lowry’s Blog 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Welsh communities asked if they’ll accept nuclear waste. The Welsh government is launching a 12 week consultation to see if anywhere in Wales would volunteer to be the home of a nuclear waste disposal site. It would house the most radioactive material, some of which won’t be safe for 250,000 years. The waste and its containers will occupy 650,000 cubic metres, which is about half the volume of the Principality Stadium. Any community that did volunteer would be paid £1 million a year during the selection process, rising to £2.5 million a year once test bore holes were drilled. Choosing a site could take 20 years and local people would be consulted, probably in a referendum. There would be long term payments as well, with construction and operation of an underground facility lasting 150 years before it’s left buried between 200 and 1,000 metres below the surface.
ITV 25th Jan 2018 read more »
A nuclear waste storage site will not be built in any community that does not want it, the Welsh Government has said. Public consultations have been launched in Wales, England and Northern Ireland over a geological disposal facility (GDF). The programme is UK government-funded and the Welsh Government decided in May 2015 to support the creation of a GDF. Campaigners opposing the plan said the current policy amounted to bribing deprived communities to store waste. The GDF would store highly radioactive material, which could take up to 250,000 years to become safe. The amount of waste stored would fill half the Principality Stadium. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on possible arrangements for working with communities that may wish to discuss hosting the nuclear storage site. A similar consultation will be held by the UK government in respect of England and Northern Ireland.
BBC 25th Jan 2018 read more »
The Welsh government has got a nice little consultation running that’s ideal for any remote communities looking to do their bit for the national good. The only problem is it’s to do with storing nuclear waste, but apart from that it ought to benefit the area. A site is needed to store “legacy waste” items from local nuclear plants Wylfa and Trawsfynydd, with the selling point for any community brave enough to volunteer to house the facility being annual community investment funding in the first phases of the project of between £1m and £2.5m per year. Think of all the scout huts and community centres that could pay for. You could put up a massive helter skelter for a laugh with all that money.
Gizmodo 25th Jan 2018 read more »
North Wales villages and towns offered millions of pounds to store nuclear waste, A nuclear disposal facility would have to be buried up to 200 metres below ground and would be operational for a quarter of a million years, government consultation reveals. Villages and towns in North Wales could be offered millions of pounds to allow nuclear waste to be stored there. The government is trying to find places willing to be home to a disposal site, with the radioactive waste being buried up to 200 metres below ground.
Daily Post 25th Jan 2018 read more »
A GDF will only be built in Wales if a community is willing to host it. We are consulting on: arrangements for engaging with communities which may wish to enter discussions, how the boundaries of the potential host community might be defined, how community investment funding should be distributed, access by a community in discussions to independent third party expert views, how and when a community’s right to withdraw from discussions should operate, how and when to test public support to ensure that a community is willing to host a GDF.
Welsh Government 25th Jan 2018 read more »
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Energy, Environment and Climate Change Cathal Boylan has slammed British Government plans that would potentially see a nuclear waste disposal facility sited in the North. The Newry and Armagh MLA was speaking after the British Government announced a consultation to find a site to develop a geological disposal facility (GDF) to store nuclear radioactive waste. The consultation includes the North of Ireland but Cathal Boylan rejected any suggestion that such a facility could be built here.
Sinn Fein 25th Jan 2018 read more »