The team behind finding a site in Cumbria for the storing of radioactive nuclear waste have officially ruled out looking at the Lake District. Mark Cullinan, the chairman of Radioactive Waste Management’s Copeland Working Group, gave an update to Cumbria County Council’s Local Committee for Copeland on Monday (September 13). Speaking of the search for a nuclear waste disposal site, he said: “We’re looking at all of the Copeland Borough Council area apart from the Lake District National Park [LDNP] and fairly early on we decided we’d not look at, so exclude the area which is a possible extension to the LDNP.” The Southern Boundary Partnership and Friends of Lake District National Park are currently working on plans to expand the southern boundary. It was pointed out to the chairman that borough councillor Hugh Branney hopes to extend the exclusion area to Dent and the whole of Ennerdale. Mr Cullinan said: “One of the things that’s different this time around is that the search area does include the off-shore area. “That goes up to 2.2 kilometres out to sea.”
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Councillors say Lincolnshire County Council should enter official talks with the Government agency behind the idea of dumping nuclear waste at Theddlethorpe – despite campaigners’ fears over safety, tourism and the environment. About 50 people – opposed to Radioactive Waste Management’s multi billion pound scheme to bury the material deep underground over a 100-year period – made a stand outside County Offices in Lincoln on Tuesday, September 14. They carried placards with slogans including “Ditch the Dump” and “Back to Agricultural Land as Promised” and one of the group voiced their opposition at a scrutiny committee meeting. However, councillors decided the council’s ruling executive committee should accept RWM’s invitation join a working group to explore the pros and cons of the project and ensure the council has a say in future decisions. The executive meets on October 5 and members are recommended to join the working group so that it can “represent the county and its requirements”.
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