A group of 19 environmental charities have co-written a letter to the government department, BEIS, demanding that they exclude National parks and other designated areas, such as AONBs, from the search for a site to bury the nation’s nuclear waste. The letter highlights the same concerns which Cumbria Trust has recently expressed in a letter to Lord Henley of BEIS, that the polyhalite mine in the North York Moors National Park should not be used as a green light for major development in a designated area. Indeed, as we explained in the letter, the polyhalite mine was able to overcome this major hurdle by demonstrating that it was the only possible site in the UK for that purpose, therefore critically, it was able to show that there were no alternative non-designated sites. This exception could not apply to burial of nuclear waste in a National Park, since there are alternative sites without such protection.
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