A Copeland parliamentary candidate has refused to rule out the idea of underground nuclear bunkers “close to Sellafield” to store high-level radioactive waste. Labour’s Tony Lywood, Conservative Trudy Harrison, Liberal Democrat John Studholme and the Green Party’s Jack Lenox – were quizzed about whether they thought there should be such a repository in the borough. The question at a recent hustings event in Whitehaven came a year after the Government launched its search for a host community for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF), seeking expressions of interest nationwide. Labour’s Tony Lywood pointed out that Sellafield is already home to the “largest repository of Plutonium in the world”, adding: “We continued to produce it long after it was needed, and we have to deal with it. There is also a huge amount of high-level waste. “The reality is: what are you going to do with this stuff? It’s not good to have it just sitting there in silos. And so, if there is a Geological Disposal Facility, it would need to be close to Sellafield. “I also don’t think it would be a good idea to get rid of the Plutonium because this stuff might be used by future generations for power production. “I’m not going to rule out the idea that we do need a Geological Disposal Facility near to Sellafield for high level nuclear waste, but ultimately this comes down to the geology.” Conservative candidate Trudy Harrison said it “wasn’t for a politician” to decide such a question, which would be determined by “geology and engineering”.
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