This is the second letter from CT director and former Cumbria County Council leader Eddie Martin to peers, to repudiate comments and assertions made by Francis Livens, Professor of Radiochemistry at Manchester University and former Deputy Chair of CoRWM. The publication of my letter to you and the other Cumbrian Peers elicited a surprising response from Francis Livens, Professor of Radiochemistry at Manchester University and former Deputy Chair of CoRWM, in a subsequent interview on BBC Radio Cumbria. Rather than seek to deny that the Lake District was a potential target, Prof Livens stated on the programme that it would certainly be possible to put this waste underground in parts of the Lake District. That is a remarkable statement, and should serve as a wake-up call to those who believe that this couldn’t happen in the Lake District. Prof Livens also suggested that the repository could be under the National Park and the above ground facilities could be outside the boundary 4,5,6 miles away with no sign of the facility within the National Park. It is worth noting that Sellafield is around 5 miles from the western edge of the Ennerdale granite. What Prof Livens fails to mention is that in order to investigate a site, such as Ennerdale, there would need to be an extensive 10+ year programme of drilling deep boreholes within the National Park. In addition, a large scale 3D seismic reflection survey in such a mountainous environment would involve drilling tens of thousands of shallower holes, a few metres deep, each then charged with dynamite. This would require the closure of a substantial area to the public.
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