Let’s hope that our town and parish councillors are aware that Allerdale BC is inviting them to discuss the council’s policy towards geological disposal of nuclear waste in the Borough at a meeting on Thursday 11th July at Cockermouth Town Hall. Allerdale’s Nuclear Policy manager, Richard Griffin, will discuss the latest consultation and how Allerdale is positioning itself for the new search process. We would hope that representatives from our Town Council will be attending this meeting and, as a concerned citizens and directors of Cumbria Trust, we will naturally be hoping that Allerdale does not volunteer itself as a potential site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). Lessons should be learnt from the previous MRWS process and the Government’s subsequent actions following Cumbria County Council’s refusal in 2013 to proceed onto stage 4 of the process. The Government is desperate to find a site for a GDF and would ideally like it to be as close to Sellafield as possible, hence the attraction of both Allerdale and Copeland despite it being known that the geology in both boroughs is highly unlikely to be suitable for the construction of a safe GDF. This is so important considering that some of the waste will remain dangerous for over 100,000 years. We owe it to future generations to deal with this waste properly and not be seduced by any short term financial inducements on offer.
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