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Councils will be unable to veto underground nuclear waste plans - Government

Cumbria County Council will have no powers to stop future plans for an underground nuclear waste store.

Flashback: Nuclear store process finished in west Cumbria - Government

The Government announced today that no tier of local government would be able to veto any decisions on the search for a suitable site for a geological disposal facility.

All levels will have a voice in deciding on a site, but no single level would have a veto. The Government has stressed that the final say will be given to the community, through a test of "public support."

The Department of Energy and Climate Change also said there would be a further two years of investigations before communities could show an interest in hosting the store.

DECC officials told a press conference this was so they could 'get it right.'

It is not yet known how a decision would be made into who decides if a community remains in the running to host a facility but the Government has stressed the public must be in favour.

A new long-term plan to deal permanently with the country's radioactive waste was unveiled today.

"Based on feedback to our consultation, we have created a new and improved plan for working with communities to identify a site for a GDF.

"Over the next two years the Government will work with experts and the public to give greater clarity on issues such as national geological screening, the planning process and the environmental impacts.

"We will also look at how communities will be represented and what further investment they can expect to see if they choose to host a GDF," said a DECC spokesman.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said the plan to find a suitable site was based on the fundamental principle of listening to people, "to make sure we have the right process in place".

"The area that eventually hosts a Geological Disposal Facility will benefit from significant investment in the community and hundreds of skilled jobs for decades to come,” he added.

Have your say

Long ago the people said that they did not want this but the powers that be decide that we did, their inadequate brains thought NO meant Yes and so we are going to be the Energy Coast whether we like it or not, plus we will have all the nuclear waste as well.
Still, look to the future, when you go travelling in space for your holidays you will easily find your way home, Cumbria will be the place glowing.
I am happy that I will not be here when the idiots who want this learn about their folly.

Posted by Andy on 30 July 2014 at 18:34

Ian - if you look beyond the well-funded PR operation, the opinion polls showed no such thing. A closer look at the Ipsos MORI report reveals that a truly staggering 80% knew little or nothing about what was being proposed so they were answering blind. Even the NDA made a public admission that the public consultation was a complete failure.

3KQ, the MRWS facilitators, admitted that the consultation figures had been effectively rigged by vast quantities (over 100) of consultation responses being sent in together in a large brown envelope. Every one of these contained no detail, just a tick yes to proceed. According to the rules of engagement, these were counted as valid votes.

By the time CCC halted the process in January 2013, some 8 months after the poll had taken place, the level of opposition was far greater as more people had understood just what they could be signing up to. There was no survey at that point unfortunately, but the data that is available shows overwhelming opposition.

Of the thousands contacting the leader of CCC as the decision approached, those against outnumbered those for by 20 to 1. 85% of parish councils that expressed their opinion had voted to halt the process. There is little doubt that CCC reflected the public view by halting the process

Posted by Cumbrian Lad on 28 July 2014 at 23:21

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