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Nuclear store: The fight is not over vows Cumbrian MP

MP Jamie Reed still believes the geology of Copeland should be investigated and has started work to explore the options.

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Jamie Reed

Energy Secretary Ed Davey yesterday said the Government would look for somewhere else to build a nuclear store after Cumbria council vetoed plans for a repository in the county.

Cumbria, Copeland and Allerdale councils accepted a government invitation to “express an interest”, although the county’s interest was limited to Copeland and Allerdale.

Their ruling executives met yesterday to decide whether to move to the next stage (Stage 4) – a geological study to find suitable sites. Copeland and Allerdale were in favour but the county’s cabinet voted against, which appeared to rule out Cumbria.

Following the county's decision, Mr Davey said: "As such, the current process will be brought to a close in west Cumbria. We will now embark on a renewed drive to ensure that the case for hosting a GDF (geological disposal facility) is drawn to the attention of other communities.”

But Mr Reed says the Government should talk directly to Copeland and ignore the county council. He doubts other areas of the country will volunteer, leaving Copeland as the Government’s only option.

He said: "There is an unprecedented cross-party mandate for this, an undeniable environmental and moral case and an overwhelming economic case for taking this issue forward. Most importantly, doing so is in the best interests of the people of Copeland and west Cumbria.

“This work will be taken forward quickly.”

“This may not be within the MRWS process but Copeland now has a series of options open to it and I have already begun the process of exploring these for the benefit of my constituents with industry and with government.

"As one door shuts, another one opens, but this is a problem that will not go away. The people of west Cumbria, Copeland Borough Council and the Sellafield workforce and trade unions will work together to solve this problem."

Mr Reed thanked the county councillors who voted for moving towards Stage 4.

"They clearly understand the economic and environmental challenge facing Cumbria - and it should be noted that county councillors representing Copeland voted unanimously to move towards the next stage.

“There’s a great deal of work to be done to take this issue forward and this has already begun. My constituents will welcome the opportunity to have greater control of their own destiny than before and I look forward to the work ahead.”

Mr Reed added there would have to be a new process going forward and Copeland council, the Sellafield unions and the west Cumbrian community would be at the heart of it.

“If the county council is opting out, that’s their business,” he added.

Allerdale council leader Alan Smith said his authority would work with Copeland and Mr Reed.

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Posted by Ian on 2 February 2013 at 10:41

Absolutely disgusted with Jamie Reed and others. We don't like the democratic decision that was taken so let's spit the dummy out and demand we get our own way , even if we have to change the law to do it. All this talk of a 'clear mandate from the people of West Cumbria -what a pile of rubbish. Economies rise and fall and change all the time - if these people had any sense they would be looking to diversify the economy of west Cumbria instead of letting the area be held hostage by the nuclear lobby. This county supplies half the UK with water - why is it ok to take even the slightest risk with that! Plutonium is one of the most toxic substances on the planet - it just takes one mistake, one tiny little leak in this absolutely UNPROVEN method of storage and there you go, environmental disaster which CANNOT be undone or diversified. And make no mistake -there ARE NO EXISTING HIGH LEVEL WASTE GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORIES IN OPERATION ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET. There are low and intermediate level ones - talk to the Germans about theirs and you will find that they are leaking like a sieve!
So Jamie Reed - give it a rest and let's look for the best solution instead of taking advantage of a deprived community to force through the easiest! The people of Cumbria have spoken -accept their decision.

Posted by Gill on 2 February 2013 at 10:30

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