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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Sellafield workers back West Cumbria nuclear repository site search

WORKERS at a Sellafield are urging local authorities not to back out of the search for an underground nuclear waste repository in the county.

Next week, Copeland and Allerdale Borough Councils and Cumbria County Council, will decide whether or not to proceed to stage four of investigations into the feasibility of a site in West Cumbria.

Ahead of this crunch decision, the arguments for and against a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste will be debated by local MPs, scientists, nuclear workers and industry leaders at a seminar taking place in Carlisle.

Trade union Unite say the public should be shocked that it is taking so long to find a way to deal with the nuclear material. 

Kevin Coyne, Unite national officer and chair of Trade Unions for Safe Nuclear Energy, said: “The people of Cumbria will not be making any commitments to a geological disposal facility by agreeing to continue with this study. What the workers at Sellafield want is a full and proper investigation into the feasibility of such a facility in Cumbria. Only then can we consider how best to proceed.

"Britain has been searching for a national waste repository for over 30 years. In the meantime Sellafield workers have the responsibility of looking after most of this radioactive waste. It is not going to go away. Good science needs to prevail in order for Cumbria and the rest of the UK to resolve how we deal with this important issue."

A local spokesman said: "The Sellafield workforce have the responsibility of looking after most of that waste. Understandably, they don’t want another 30 years of drift and delay."

Have your say

No not all workers back this plan and many realise it would not benefit the local economy.

But we have been spared, Cumbria county council realised how many people did not support it although the west cumbrian councils seemed oblivious the government has ruled Cumbria out, really great news.

Posted by Roy on 1 February 2013 at 18:51

I am a Sellafield worker however I don't want the respository build under the Lake District. Build it as close to Sellafieldas practicable west of the National Park boundary providing the geology is suitable.

Posted by Andrew on 29 January 2013 at 13:27

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