Campaigning against a deep nuclear waste dump in Cumbria

THANKS TO THE MAGNIFICENT SUPPORT FROM MANY, MANY PEOPLE, WE AND ASSOCIATED CAMPAIGNS SUCCEEDED IN STOPPING THE SEARCH FOR A NUCLEAR DUMP SITE IN CUMBRIA

On Jan 30th 2013 Cumbria County Council decided to withdraw from the search for a site to host high and intermediate level nuclear waste in West Cumbria.

LATEST NEWS: TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT NO MEANS NO!

Now, in autumn 2013, the government is consulting once again about how a dump should be sited — and it seems to be opening the door to a return to Cumbria by suggesting that Borough Councils should be the ones to make a decision.

Take a look at the consultation, and be sure to tell the government what you think - even if you only tell them about the crucial question of who should decide! It’s clearly a ploy to over-ride the Cumbria County Council decision. Both Allerdale and Copeland Councils have said they would like to carry on looking for a site – despite the unsuitability of the geography and hydrogeology in their areas.

The consultation began on September 12th, and the deadline is  5th December.

Go to the DECC website to see the consultation at  https://econsultation.decc.gov.uk/ or alternatively send a message to the secretariat who will send you a paper copy if you would like. Their address is   radioactivewaste@decc.gov.uk

Some of the arguments that are currently being submitted to DECC are here: BRIEFING_DECC_Siting_Consultation_1_NOV_2013

and you can also find  guidance from our colleagues, the Cumbria Trust here: http://cumbriatrust.wordpress.com/the-consultation/

 

THE SAVE OUR LAKE DISTRICT – DON’T DUMP CUMBRIA!  WEBSITE

We will keep this website open for as long as we are threatened with a nuclear dump in Cumbria.

  • Worried about nuclear waste?
  • Worried about the future of the Lake District?
  • Confused about what the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely ‘Partnership’ has been doing in West Cumbria?
  • Hoping that it won’t affect you, your children or your children’s children or all the other people after them ?  And the millions of visitors who flock here every year?
  • Do you love the beauty of the Solway Plain and the rugged mountains & valleys of Eskdale and Ennerdale? These are the most likely sites to be considered for the dump!

Here we explore the topsy-turvy world of nuclear waste policy and expose the way the Government is mishandling it.

Save Our Lake District – Don’t Dump Cumbria ! was formed in December 2011 to counter proposals to find a place somewhere in West Cumbria to dump High and Intermediate level radioactive waste. A dump close to the Lake District National Park, or even underneath it. Although it would create some jobs in the nuclear sector, it would threaten other parts of the local economy. We welcome support from anyone, whether pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear, and irrespective of political affiliation.

Something needs to be done about nuclear waste but the Government has decided, without full research and ignoring scientific uncertainties, that deep underground disposal is the answer – for hundreds of thousands of years…

Our campaign has already persuaded the 3 Councils in Cumbria to pull back from the rush to ‘volunteer’ to host a nuclear dump – this was announced October 1st 2012. Then on January 30th 2013 Cumbria County Council voted against going any further.

This is the motion that received 7 votes in favour and 3 against:

Not to participate in stage 4 thereby excluding the Allerdale and Copeland areas of Cumbria from further consideration in the MRWS process and to encourage the Government to make the necessary investment to improve surface storage facilities at Sellafield, (taking account of the findings of the National Audit Office report HC 630 dated 7 November 2012).

Here are the draft minutes of their momentous meeting http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=117&MId=7230&Ver=4

Follow our colleagues on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/lakesnukepit

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