Cumbria: the Brand New Nuclear Waste Graveyard

 

Context  UK Government is asking local communities to consider having a nuclear waste repository in their area. This is a long-term and sensitive process. Communities are being given time and resource to weigh up the pros (jobs, funding, etc) and the potential cons (risks, image etc) before even entering into formal discussions with Government about what it might entail. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership is a group of organisations that are advising Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils and the County Council on whether they should decide to participate in formal Government discussions.

£4billion underground facility is being proposed to hold UK’s stockpile of spent radioactive fuel from the past 70 years
Beauty spot: The Lake District was immortalised in William Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils Beauty spot: The Lake District was immortalised in William Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils
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THOUSANDS of tons of deadly nuclear waste could be dumped below the Lake District.

A £4billion underground facility is being proposed to hold Britain’s stockpile of spent radioactive fuel from the past 70 years.

Town hall leaders are apparently set to give their approval because it will create around 500 jobs.

A consultation led by three Cumbrian councils is also expected to show local people are in favour of the dump at the world-renowned region, which was immortalised in William Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils.

The facility would be 3,000ft underground and hold over 17million cubic feet of waste – the equivalent of five Albert Halls. It will cover 10 square miles of floor space and have its own railway.

Lake District Nuclear Waste Graphic Waste plan: Facility would be 3,000ft underground

Alun Ellis, of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said: “This stuff will be hazardous for hundreds of thousands of years. That timescale is why we need such a secure facility.

“It has to prevent this material getting out even if Britain is hit by another ice age glaciation.

“The upside is that after two million years it should be mostly harmless.”

The nuke “graveyard” is proposed for farmland in West Cumbria.

The results of the consultation run by the county council and Allerdale and Copeland borough councils are due to be published shortly.

 

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