PLEASE WRITE TO CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL CABINET BEFORE THURSDAY VOICING YOUR OPPOSITION TO DUMP CREEP
Having barely drawn breath since Cumbria County Council’s No vote, the Department of Energy and Climate Change have charged ahead with their “Geological Implementation” agenda and we are now apparently taking steps to the “siting process.” The CONsultation which ends on the 5th is merely about a revision to the “siting process.” The “improvement” is to make the few people on the executive of the District Councils i.e. Allerdale and Copeland, the sole decision makers. The less people to make the decision the less people to nobble.
Even so there are no chances being taken and Cumbria County Council’s response to this sham CONsultation has been overseen by Councillor David Southward, you remember him? He is the nuclear cheerleader who tried to overturn the County Council’s NO vote (but ironically is strongly opposed to the proposed nuclear dump for lower activity wastes at Keekle Head, see previous post below)
Instead of opposing the whole charade of the CONsultation which has been written with Cumbria specifically in mind, the County Council’s draft response goes along with it as much as it can, even helpfully suggesting ways to smooth the road to a geological dump for heat generating radioactive wastes under Cumbria.
Ask Cumbria County Council to consider making radical changes to its draft response.
CONTACTS: You can write to Stuart Young Leader of the Cabinet: Stewart.Young@cumbria.gov.uk
and ask that the content of your letter is made known or write to all 10 Cabinet Members here:
Points to Make (this is not a definitive list – there are more and probably better)
• Cumbria County County Council said NO on 30th January of this year – rather than responding directly to this new and deliberately skewed consultation on the “siting process” the Cabinet should instead write a letter making their own points on their own terms. To take part in the consultation on the “siting process” suggests that the process is underway and that Cumbria County Council is complicit.
• No other County is in the frame – only Cumbria. No District Councils in London, or Norfolk, nowhere apart from Cumbria.
• This is not a Cumbrian problem, it is not even a national problem, the high level waste here is as a result of international deliveries of spent fuel for reprocessing. Spent fuel is still arriving at Sellafield for reprocessing adding to the mountain of deadly wastes including plutonium (see below).
• There is no room for an outright No in this meaningless consultation which is geared to one outcome – a geological dump or two in Cumbria.
• In 2011 the then Secretary of State Chris Huhne was the sole Justifying Authority for the safety of new build with the safety of geological disposal a key prerequisite. He said “we expect to dispose of spent fuel and intermediate level waste from new nuclear power stations in the same geological disposal facility that will be constructed for the disposal of legacy waste”. How confident can Cumbria County Council be that the words of a convicted liar and cheat are trustworthy?
• It is unethical to offer compensation in exchange for a GDF to a community with pre- existing poverty – this is the advice in a government report written in a paper for Nirex by Kate Rawles. It could be argued that it is unethical to offer “compensation” in any case – if the GDF is so safe and such an “huge opportunity” then why the need for compensation?
“an ethical relationship between society and the host community will not be achieved if the main reason that the community agrees to accept an RWMF, and the compensation that goes with it, is pre- existing poverty”. Dr Kate Rawles
• Geological Disposal of the high level wastes proposed has never been carried out anywhere, Cumbria would be the Nuclear Test Dump Dummies.
• Only a strong NO will do.
• Cumbria County Council should work to persuade Allerdale and Copeland District Councils that if intergenerational retrievability is quite rightly seen as an essential then this negates the reasoning behind geological disposal which is to put the waste out of the reach of future generations.
Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet – Draft Consultation Response to Siting Process
Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Host Communities by Kate Rawles
Britains Plutonium Mountain
Rock Solid? A scientific review by Dr Helen Wallace -European Leaders are being misled over the safety of underground disposal of dangerous nuclear waste which could poison groundwaters for centuries
Radiation Free Lakeland and others will be at outside the Cabinet meeting from 9am to demonstrate our opposition to Cumbria County Council’s bizarre and weak kneed response to this latest cunning plan from the ironically named government quango:Managing Radioactive Wastes Safely. Don’t let Radiation Free Lakeland be ironically named -
……if the plan was to bury a few million tonnes of bananas under Cumbria we wouldn’t be quite so bothered? (many thanks to 3 Weeks to Save the Lakes for that one!)
At Ambleside today in the rain in just a couple of hours over 122 people stopped to sign a letter to Ed Davey. The letter said:
To the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Dear Ed Davey,
Cumbrians have said No repeatedly to a geological dump anywhere under this land from Morecambe Bay to the Solway. The new consultation announced by DECC is a narrowly focused set of questions with the aim of achieving a Yes response to a repository as quickly as possible by scrapping the rights of host communities to say NO. The consultation aims to give the few people on the Allerdale and Copeland Borough Council Executive the sole right to make the decision. Cumbrians have already said no repeatedly to becoming the nuclear dumping ground for existing and future radioactive wastes taken out of reactor cores and buried under Cumbria’s leaky geology.
Cumbria is not a willing volunteer for the geological dumping of nuclear wastes and the representative County council has already said NO. I say NO to geological dumping of nuclear waste under Cumbria.
Please send your own letter to Ed Davey – the CONsultation is a sham to continue the process. We have already said no to geological dumping under Cumbria so why would we want to take part in a CONsultation process which seeks to “improve” site selection? The push for a referendum in Cumbria is also a means to continuing the process. We have already said No so why on earth would we want a referendum? The question would not be “Do you want a nuclear dump under Cumbria” – it would be tricksy questions with a huge amount of “focussing and learning” i.e. propaganda beforehand.
Tell DECC that NO means NO!
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