NEW councillors appointed to Copeland council’s nuclear panel will receive their first briefing early next month. The Strategic Nuclear Energy team is one of the authority’s most important committees, working with the Government and companies including Sellafield. The first meeting since borough council elections will be held on Tuesday June 4 and will see members given an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the committee. Members will be discussing some huge issues in the coming months including the Government’s search for a host community for a nuclear waste store. Anyone with a reasonably-sized patch of land can volunteer it as a contender for the multi-million Geological Disposal Facility (GDF), effectively kick-starting the process. West Cumbria has also been rocked in recent months by the collapse of the Moorside nuclear investment deal, while Sellafield is moving into the decommissioning phase.
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