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Cumbria needs new nuclear power plant - and no more wind turbines

Cumbria needs a new nuclear power plant urgently to stop the county being over-run with “an avalanche” of wind turbines.

Eddie Martin photo
Eddie Martin

County council leader Eddie Martin demanded action from the government at a special meeting in London.

He believes a replacement for Sellafield would spare the county from being saturated with turbines.

A committed opponent of windfarms, Mr Martin says Cumbria has “more than its fair share” and is not prepared to accept any more.

Mr Martin and the leaders of Allerdale and Copeland councils travelled to Westminster for a meeting with Baroness Verma, junior minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, to discuss nuclear power and waste disposal in the county.

He said: “We need nuclear power at Sellafield now, not in five or eight or 10 years’ time.

“If the government were to encourage, persuade and cajole the private sector to build a new power station, we could dispose of all these windfarms.

“A nuclear power station is not as destructive as an avalanche of windfarms.”

A decision on whether to go ahead and search for a suitable site for a nuclear waste dump in Cumbria was due to be taken by the executive committees of all three councils on October 11. But following the meeting with the Baroness, it now looks as though that decision could be postponed until January.

Plans to build the waste repository have met with fierce local opposition and county councillors are due to decide on whether Cumbria looks for a potential site.

Mr Martin said: “It is a very delicate decision and whatever we decide, it will be the wrong one for a lot of people.”

Following his talks with the government minister, Mr Martin flew out to Canada to attend an international conference on geological waste disposal ahead of the crucial decision on whether to green light plans to build a massive nuclear dump in the west of the county.

He was invited to attend the conference by the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.

The fourth International Conference on Geological Repositories (ICGR) takes place from September 30 to October 3, 2012, in Toronto.

Have your say

You cannot justify something because it supports a local economy. Just like Trident should not be pursued because it supports Barrow, you cannot sacrifice the future to support west cumbria. Unfortunately we could end up with a new nuclear power plant because the people down south and politicians think we are stupid and won't object unlike the more influencial and wealthy folk in Gloucestershire.

Posted by Angela on 31 October 2012 at 13:45

Why do we find it so hard to learn from experience, Nuclear is wrong, it is something that we sort of manage but cannot control. The cost of new builds, the security cost and then the cleanup cost, what a legacy to leave for future generations. Why are Japan and Germany building new coal powered plants yet Japan is willing to build a nuclear plant in the UK, a real case of NIMBY. The real solution is to reduce peoples demand for power but with an economy built on the concept of continous expansion we will be forever chasing out tail. We must do the right thing and be sensible, think of your children and their children and clean up what we have got and create no more before nuclear ends us.

Posted by Roy on 31 October 2012 at 13:32

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