Concerns have been raised by an environmental action group, as a recycling facility seeks permission to store radioactive waste at a town port. An application for an Environment Agency permit to store low-level radioactive waste at the Port of Workington, submitted by metal recycling facility Cyclife Ltd, based as Lillyhall, has sparked outrage among those opposed to the nuclear industry. After hearing about the application – which will see the lowest 10% of the low-level waste category stored in 40 containers at the site if granted – the UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) group raised a number of issues, calling for the EA to refuse the permit. Key areas of concern for the group include the proximity of the containers to residents’ homes, as well as the “increase in radioactively contaminated metal entering the scrap metal market”.NFLA steering committee chair, Councillor David Blackburn, said: “The NFLA is concerned, with this application for an environmental permit at Workington Port, that the market for recycling radioactively contaminated scrap metal is growing, with an ensuing public safety risk. “This application is also close to a residential area, and there are some rare butterfly and invertebrate species in near proximity to it as well.”
Carlisle News & Star 6th March 2021 read more »
A controversial plan to house up to 40 shipping containers, with radioactive scrap metal inside at the Port of Workington, has sparked protests from an environment group. Radiation Free Lakeland claim this is being slipped through without any previous publicity or serious discussion on the subject. RFL only got sight of the relevant documents under Freedom of Information and following a letter to Allerdale Borough Councillors were told by one that they knew nothing of the plan. A letter to Workington MP Mark Jenkinson has brought no reply.
Cumberland Echo 5th March 2021 read more »