CUMBRIA SAYS NO! COUNTY COUNCIL REJECT DUMP.
Wisdom and sanity prevailed at the Cumbria County Council meeting on 30th January.
The entire Cabinet rejected the idea of burying nuclear waste under the Lake District National Park, and then they voted 7-3 to reject the scheme for the whole of Cumbria.
And they called upon the Government to embark upon a nationwide study to find the safest places for deep burial, and - crucially - to provide the substantial funds for proper, secure surface storage now.
With the Parish Councils already having overwhelmingly rejected the scheme, this left only a handful of councillors on the Copeland and Allerdale Borough Councils still prepared to pursue the very small chance of finding a suitably safe site, with all the environmental destruction that a proper survey would involve.
However, all the Councils had signed up to the MRWS process, which required both County and Borough approval, and so with the County saying a firm 'no', the Government has accepted that the process to coerce West Cumbria to bury high-level nuclear waste is now dead.
It is imperative that safe above-ground storage is now developed. It is the very least the Government can do for Cumbria, which has been so vital to the nation's energy needs. And -unlike looking for a deep burial site - it will bring jobs and investment quickly
Local MP calls for Parliamentary Debate to protect National Park
Excellent news here!
National Trust vow to strongly oppose any threat to their land posed by nuclear dump
Much of the target land is owned by the National Trust .... whose very existence came about to prevent abhorrences such as this.
They have now joined The Lake District National Park, Cumbria Tourism, Keswick Tourist Association, Friends of the Lake District, West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Keswick Town Council, the vast majority of West Cumbria Parish Councils, Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England, Campaign for National Parks, the Wainwright Society, Lake District Hotels, National Sheep Association and Sellafield Workers in stating that a nuclear dump should not be in the Lake District
You can add your voice and encourage their oppostion by contacting the National Trust General Manager Alistair.Starling@nationaltrust.org.uk
....as 500+ march to protest!
Public Meeting in Kewick: Dramatic admissions
600 people heard astonishing public admissions at a major public meeting in Keswick.
Click here to see brief highlights. Hear:
- MRWS geologist, Dr Jeremy Dearlove, confirm HERE that there is only a "low possibility" of the only locations (Ennerdale and Silloth) he has identified as being suitable, and that no commercial organisation would pursue a plan like this.
- Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Chief Engineer Alun Ellis admit HERE that the £4M MRWS process failed in its task to engage with the community.
- The possibility of massive damage on an industrial scale to Ennerdale
- The potentially disastrous environmental and economic cosequences
- 99% of the audience of around 500 vote against the plan
Click here for the Chairman's emotional address
Click here for the geological analysis (part one)
Click here for the geological analysis (part two)
Click here for the planning & legal assessment
Click here for the consequences for business and tourism
Cumbria Tourism oppose dump in Lake District and Solway Plain!
Finally, Eric Robson, Chairman of Cumbria Tourism, has expressed strong opposition.
In a letter to Baroness Verma, in the Department for Energy & Climate Change, he says: "Cumbria Tourism would object strongly should further research lead to any suggestion that a nuclear waste repository could be considered in either the National Park or the AONB."
Better late than never, Eric!
However, as the MRWS geologist has confirmed that the only two locations he can identify as having any potentiaL are in the Lake District National Park, and the Solway Plain AONB, why not suggest that they stop wasting time and money NOW.
Important video: please watch
Beautiful and shocking: a film about Ennerdale.
Click here to see it.
What The Government Wants to Do to The Lake District and Cumbria
Nuclear waste requires safe storage. The Government has decided that the best option is to bury it. They might be right - but only if it is buried somewhere which, first and foremost, it is safe to do so. Other countries start by looking for the safest place.
Not in the UK. Our Goverment has decided that the best plan is to offer Cumbria a bribe (or 'incentive package') to take it. Click here to see how they're doing it. If our local politicians accept, then work will start in earnest to find where to dump the stuff.
Now, if you know anything about the Lake District, you'll know that it's got lots of water, much of it fast-flowing because it comes down off high mountains, which themselves were created by volcanic activity.
You might also have heard that we had a small earthquake in November 2012.
But that's just the headline stuff. Eminent geologists are shouting from the rooftops that the very idea is madness. Here's a scary Channel 4 News Report. You can see in detail what they're saying here.
The risk to our environment and our health is just too great.
And even if it doesn't come to the worst, the risk to our economy is too horrendous to contemplate. The tourism and farming/food industries could be crippled by burying high-level nuclear waste underneath us. Here's what tourists think.
And whilst such a plan would generate some jobs, it is highly likely that many of those would not go to Cumbrians anyway but, for example, to the lads now digging the Crossrail tunnels in London. Eventually, Cumbria could end up with around 200 jobs to look after the nuclear dump ... but at a terrible cost.