This intimate relationship between West Cumbria Mining and the quango tasked with delivering a controversial Geological Disposal Facility demands that questions are asked. Tim Farron MP has agreed to work with Radiation Free Lakeland to challenge the UK Government’s decision to appoint Mark Kirkbride, chief executive of West Cumbria Mining (WCM), to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (RWM). This appointment was made the same month, November 2019, that James Brokenshire MP, former secretary of state, gave the green light to Cumbria County Council’s unanimous decision to approve the plan by West Cumbria Mining to mine for coal under the Irish Sea. West Cumbria Mining have now amended their coal mine plan despite unanimous approval by the council. This followed Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (a Radiation Free Lakeland campaign) being awarded the right to proceed with a Judicial Review in the name of RaFL founder Marianne Birkby. The Judicial Review was overtaken by the developers putting in an amended plan.
Ecologist 4th Aug 2020 read more »