Letter David Lowry: Five years ago today Cumbria County Council, representing several Lake District and coastal communities, blocked Government attempts to develop a subterranean geologic repository for long-lived radioactive waste. Last week the Government launched the latest attempts by ministers to resurrect this process, with a new 897 page public consultation, Working with communities: implementing geological disposal. Ministers have now decided backing “communities” with significant multi-million pound financial incentives or compensation is the new approach. In the consultation document, local MP and energy minister Richard Harrington wrote: “We believe the best way to select a site for a geological disposal facility is in partnership with communities.” The hundreds of miles of ‘affected communities along road and rail routes from radioactive waste stores, to any centralised repository are being ignored. Why does the Government believe people living in these communities with multiple loads of radioactive materials coming past where they live for many decades do not deserve significant financial compensation too? Would Mr Harrington support Watford council inviting nuclear waste to the area? If not, why is he encouraging others to endangers their own local areas?
Watford Observer 5th Feb 2018 read more »