ALLERDALE council looks set to formally respond to the Government’s search for a host site for a controversial nuclear waste store. The executive will meet later this week to discuss the hunt for multi-million Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) re-launched at the end of last year. Members will be asked to agree to the draft response and then submit it to Radioactive Waste Management – an organisation established by the Government to plan and deliver the nuclear waste store. The report from Richard Griffin, the council’s nuclear policy manager, will go before the council’s decision-making body on Friday. He said: “There are only two options – we either respond or we do not. There is no impact on the Authority from either option but, given our extensive experience of these issues from our involvement in the last GDF siting process and from our close proximity to the Sellafield site, it would seem to be a wasted opportunity if we were not to respond.” Geological experts would first have to rigorously assess any site’s suitability and the people would have the final say – possibly in a referendum. Expressions of interest from landowners, including district authorities, would trigger the forming of a community partnership. But only organisations within the partnership would have a say, so a council choosing not to be a member would have no power of veto. But Allerdale council’s response also revealed that the council has several unanswered questions and concerns about the process.
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