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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Nuclear waste must be key election issue, says Cumbrian pressure group

A pressure group opposed to a nuclear dump in Cumbria is trying to make it a key issue ahead of next month’s county council election.

Roger Parker photo
Roger Parker

Pressure group NO Ennerdale Nuclear Dump (NOEND) has been very vocal in its opposition to any plans for an underground site.

Their campaign comes after the county council decided not to continue searching for a site for a nuclear storage facility in January. Uncertainty remains over any future site in the UK.

Roger Parker, a group spokesman, said they had asked all county council candidates three key questions about the nuclear dump, asking what their view was and what they thought should happen to existing nuclear waste.

He said the “problem of the legacy” of nuclear waste remained.

“The government is committed to finding a storage facility for existing and new nuclear waste,” he said.

“The issue has not gone away and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Baroness Verma are looking at what went wrong with the West Cumbrian MRWS process and have asked for responses from some of our members within four weeks.

“This is another indication of the urgency of the issue.”

He added that 54,000 people had signed an online petition to stop the waste being buried beneath the Lake District National Park and he believed future county councillors should be clear in their views on the subject.

“We want the people of Cumbria to engage in the political process and have a say in how the county can manage an issue which, whether we like it or not, is with us already,” he said.

He said they had had some encouraging comments about their campaign, and a few negative ones.

“However we are disappointed by the overall response,” he added. “We are either not getting our message to the candidates or they do not wish to take part, or even worse, they do not care.”

All comments received by NOEND will be posted on its website.

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