There has been extensive national, regional and trade media coverage of the Government’s announcement of two public consultations on siting a GDF. Key points to note: coverage almost wholly focused on the Working With Communities consultation rather than the draft National Policy Statement (NPS); stories largely factual (although I am sure the BEIS policy experts would point to some inaccuracies in the reporting!); disproportionate media coverage in Wales, where Welsh Government issued its own consultation on Working With Communities (but not on the Welsh equivalent of an NPS) Known coverage is listed below, separating UK/England reporting from Wales. Most of the regional media coverage comes from the newswires, so is much the same in each story. We highlight where a journalist or media outlet has taken a specific ‘tack’ or addressed a particular aspect of the policy which is different from the general coverage.
GDF Watch (accessed) 4th Feb 2018 read more »
Entering into the geological disposal process seems like a voyage into the unknown. The complexity and length of the process itself can be a barrier to entry for most communities. However, the recent Environmental Court Hearings in Sweden, and testimony from people involved in the Swedish process provide helpful guidance for UK communities contemplating the journey. The Swedish Court Hearings are the culmination of a journey which has taken more than thirty years. The Environmental Court didn’t even exist when the municipality of Östhammar first put itself forward for consideration to host Sweden’s geological disposal facility (GDF). And much else has changed over the period: from the people who now live in Östhammar; to the state of scientific knowledge; to the public’s expectation of, and the laws governing, protection of the environment.
GDF Watch 29th Jan 2018 read more »