Support pledged to underground dump
Last updated at 13:28, Friday, 23 March 2012
MILLOM Town Council has pledged its support to a West Cumbrian nuclear waste facility.
By Will Metcalfe
At an extraordinary meeting of Millom Town Council, councillors unanimously agreed that the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership’s consultation should progress to the fourth stage.
The third round of a consultation, which could see the dump built in West Cumbria, was due to finish today.
To date, Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council are the only authorities to express an interest in the dump, which would host the UK’s high-level nuclear waste.
The next stage of the consultation will be a desk-based survey to try to identify suitable areas to host the site. Basic geological tests have already been carried out and have ruled out much of north Copeland and Allerdale.
Councillors in Millom felt a substantial benefits package and being able to withdraw at a later stage made continuing with the consultation a sensible option.
Councillor Christine Lovell said: “I don’t think we should rule out anything at this stage.
“The area might not be suitable but it needs to be looked at.”
Councillor Doug Wilson said: “The reason they are proposing to store the stuff underground is for safety and security.
“If we go into future nuclear power stations, we’re going to need further capacity and it’s best it’s stored underground.”
Neighbouring Millom Without Parish Council had previously voted against the consultation progressing but Millom councillors agreed that continuing in the consultation would be beneficial.
Councillor Ray Cole said: “For many generations we have been nuclear-dependent in this part of the county. If this is to take place, we have to embrace it.
“There is flexibility we can back out at any time.”
Councillor Felicity Wilson said: “We would need more information on the benefits package when it’s available.
“We would need to know the time that the community package lasts – if we agree to host this, we’re committing for thousands of years.”
At present around 70 per cent of the UK’s nuclear waste is managed at Sellafield and the Low-level Waste Repository at Drigg.
The council responded to the consultation stating: “Millom Town Council agree that Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council should take part in the search.
“As we’re making the initial decision on behalf of the community and future generations, we would wish to ensure that this process is rigorous and open before any final decision is made.”
First published at 13:07, Friday, 23 March 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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