Nuclear safety group Radiation Free Lakeland have asked for and been refused sight of the new conditional coal mine licence applications from West Cumbria Mining to the Coal Authority. The controversial Irish Sea coal mine developers had originally been granted conditional exploration licences eight years ago over the heads of Cumbria County Council and the public, with no public scrutiny at all. These have now lapsed and the developers have applied for new licences. Radiation Free Lakeland have asked for sight of the licence applications from West Cumbria Mining. The Coal Authority have refused sight of the licence applications based on two clauses in the Freedom of Information Act 2000: Section 43(2) Commercial Interests and Section 44(1)(a) Prohibition by Enactment. Campaigners say that there is no justification offered by the Coal Authority for the protection of the developers at the expense of public scrutiny into the new licence applications.
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