The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is very disappointed that the UK Communities Minister Robert Jenrick has decided not to intervene and ‘call in’ a decision by Cumbria County Council to approve a deep underground coal mine. It clearly goes against the Government’s zero carbon plans and the essential need to transfer our energy system from coal power to renewables. West Cumbrian Mining has been seeking to build the mine off the Cumbrian coast and partially under the Irish Sea, and there has been considerable opposition to it, despite being twice approved by Cumbria County Council. More than 2,300 people objected to the plan along with Friends of the Earth, Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (KCCH) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has said the decision “…is an almighty backwards step in the fight against climate change and a complete disaster for our children’s future.” One of the concerns the NFLA has with this coal mine development going ahead is its potential impact on radioactive wastes on the Irish Seabed which derive from the Sellafield site. NFLA note that a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the KCCH group regarding the “expected subsidence” and resuspension of Sellafield’s radioactive wastes from the seabed as a result of the coal mine has gone to the Sellafield site for internal review.
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