Radiation Free Lakeland have received a reply from the Department of Energy and Climate Change regarding geological dumping of high level nuclear waste. Their responses to our questions are not just evasive and disingenuous. The replies indicate that Cumbrians have not got through to these jokers in government that we are:
a. Not willing
b. Fully aware of Cumbria’s unsuitable geology
Having tried to rubbish the qualifications of those scientists blowing the whistle on a geological dump in Cumbria and failed, now it seems DECC is trying to rubbish the qualifications of the Nirex Inspector saying “The Inspector and his Assessor were not qualified to assess fully the safety case for a geological disposal facility via a planning application..” This is disingenuous. A full safety case would be made only after a suitable site had been selected. Obviously the Nirex Inspector Chris McDonald and his Assessor Colin Knipe were deemed more than eminently qualified to appraise possible site selection earlier in the process, including preliminary safety cases.
We have not got through to these jokers in government that the Nirex Inspector was absolutely right when he indicated that the best site in Cumbria was not suitable. If the government is hellbent on geological dumping, then investigations should be moved to a more promising site elsewhere that are easier to investigate and characterise.
The questions we asked and the replies are here:
130430 Tom Yates reply to Marianne Birkby
nb I’ve never met Tom Yates or been to a NGO forum meeting