Ed Davey, Secretary of State DECC
3 Whitehall Place London SW1A 2AW
17 October 2012
Dear Ed Davey,
I am writing on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings, the standing consultative committee of Quakers in Britain, to express our deep unease over the proposed planning process for citing nuclear storage in Cumbria. We ask for your assurance that any planning enquiry will meet the highest standards of integrity and transparency.
We are concerned that by focussing on local political support rather than geological suitability current planning processes may be putting the public at risk. When the national nuclear industry body, NIREX, previously sought planning permission for a disposal of nuclear waste in Cumbria, the inspector considering the application turned it down, on the basis that the site “is not suitable for the proposed repository” and that “safety was not treated as the most important discriminative factor.”
We would ask for your assurance that any planning process will be conducted in an objective and methodical manner; that the issue of public safety will be paramount; and that geological suitability rather than local support will be determinative in considering where and whether waste is to be stored. We would ask also that there will be adequate opportunity for considering all reasoned objections.
Signed on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings
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