Unions want dedicated planning authority set up for Sellafield
Published at 10:33, Friday, 30 August 2013
Sellafield unions are calling for a dedicated planning authority to be set up specifically for the nuclear site and surrounding area.
This new body would rule on any proposals for a nuclear power station or underground waste repository, taking over planning powers which are currently held by local authorities.
The call is a reaction to Cumbria County Council’s decision in February to block investigations into the suitability of west Cumbria for a repository and is among 10 recommendations drawn up by the Unite union on behalf of the Sellafield Workers’ Campaign.
Unite’s report asks the Government to “begin a new search” for a suitable site for a geological disposal facility with the search taking place “within the perimeter of the proposed new planning authority”.
The report, Sellafield – at the heart of a low carbon energy future, was launched this morning at Energus at Lillyhall with Copeland MP Jamie Reed as keynote speaker.
It contains a three-point plan to secure 10,000 jobs. This involves building a nuclear power station, exploring the use of Sellafield’s plutonium stocks as fuel for power stations, and pursuing the idea of a waste repository.
Such a repository, the report says, would sustain an average of 555 jobs each year for the next 140 years.
Unite national officer Kevin Coyne said: “Sellafield is strategically important to the UK and it is crucial for the economic survival of Cumbria.
“Without Sellafield, Cumbria would become an economic wilderness while Britain would struggle to meet its low carbon energy needs.
“That's why the Sellafield Workers Campaign is calling for a three-point plan for a sustained and co-ordinated investment strategy, including a commitment to a new nuclear power station at the site.
“However, it is also crucial that we begin a new search for a geological disposal facility and we examine ways of effectively re-using the stockpiles of plutonium currently being stored at Sellafield.”
The report also calls for increased funding for decommissioning to improve efficiency and safety at Sellafield.
And it says that the Thorp and Magnox reprocessing facilities, which are due to shut by 2018, should remain open until “credible alternatives” are developed.
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Whilst there will be diverse views about SWC's desire to have a new power plant maybe fuelled by the current stockpiles of plutonium, there can be NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER about the insanity of its comments about a GDF.
It is a sad reflection of SWC's mindset that it holds the Cabinet of Cumbria County Council responsible for creating "further cost and delay, with billions more being spent on managing nuclear waste with no permanent solution on the horizon". That blame should be directed at the nuclear industry itself for disregarding the findings of the Nirex Inquiry. Years have been wasted that would have been much better spent looking at alternative locations already known to have much more promising geology for the construction of a SAFE repository for the disposal of nuclear waste.
2) Begin a new search for a geological disposal facility, with the search taking place within the perimeter of the proposed new planning authority.
Basically it wants the nuclear industry to police itself and that will prove to be totally unacceptable, not only with its neighbours but also with the bulk of the residents of Copeland itself.
Barry is right, Sellafield is nothing more than an incinerator for tax payers money and compared to tourism does little for Cumbria. Sellafield has a legacy of failure as stated by the last report and just cannot deliver a project that gives value for money or helps the cleanup.The future is to get on the tourism bandwagon as well as diversifying into other industries and you have at least a century in which to do it. You cannot justify doing something wrong or immoral on the grounds of supporting a local economy, so no nuclear powerstations and no Trident either. Ang
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