WRONG ANSWER? NO PROBLEM CHANGE THE GOAL POSTS

Correspondence between Elaine Woodburn and campaigners

Dear Elaine,

The dream of finding a long term solution in “final disposal” detracts
from the real challenge of securing safe interim storage for this
generation. This generation must pave the way for future generations to
enable radioactive waste to be kept separate from humans and the
environment for millennia. The Sellafield workforce acknowledge that a
key part of this is to actually know what they are looking after.

The first step is a comprehensive inventory of the wastes. In the wake of
Fukushima, it is increasingly clear to Cumbrians that while the
Sellafield workforce are suited and booted and paid danger money to
contain radioactive wastes on the Sellafield site, members of the public
are entirely unprotected. Members of the public are wholly reliant on
strong Cumbrian leaders lobbying government to spend all available (and if
necessary unavailable) ££££s on securing safe interim storage at
Sellafield for existing wastes.

Safe contained storage of nuclear waste must be the aim of Copeland
leaders, not the nightmare of burying accumulating nuclear waste under
Cumbria.

Best wishes

Marianne

Feb 2nd Replies from Elaine Woodburn – Copeland Council Leader
> Expected better from you marianne, not just a letter that is been
> replicated and sent by others !!
>
> Let me clarify I have NOT said anything about overturning the decisions re
> mrws, I accept that this process is over. But the waste is still here and
> a long term solution is needed therefore I will continue, alongside
> others, to play a part in finding that as is our moral responsibility.
>
also to campaigners:
Thank you for your correspondence, of which I have received identical cut and paste words from others so can only assume this is a replica doing the rounds. The Council has NOT asked for the democratic decision to be overturned, the MRWS process has come to an end, but the reality is the waste is still here with no solution to the final disposal. I would have thought people would be advocating the need for a long term solution to be found and that is what Copeland and Allerdale will be discussing with Government. There is no need for improved interim storage facilities as that is exactly what is happening now, but that is storage not disposal and my community wants its sorted, as others should to.

You state about your concerns about the workforce what do you think repackaging and restoring over years would do ?? I would suggest before you repeat this you speak to experts and the workforce themselves who would react the same way in saying the risk is greater. And also incorrect plutonium is not a waste, it is classed as an asset. Your e-mail is based on peoples presumptions or thoughts and I would suggest whoever originated the e-mail, that is now being sent out by many should re think what they are saying as no credence can be attached to it.

It is frustrating that people can argue against something they do not understand, as evidenced by your e-mail.

Cllr Elaine Woodburn – Leader of Copeland Borough Council

> Elaine
> Cllr Elaine Woodburn
> Leader of Copeland Borough Council
>
> —– Original Message —–
> From: mariannebirkby.plus.com
> [mailto:mariannebirkby.plus.com]
> Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 04:55 PM
> To: Cllr Elaine Woodburn; Cllr Gillian Troughton; Cllr John W. Bowman;
> Cllr George Clements; Cllr Allan Holliday; Cllr Hugh Branney; Cllr Philip
> Greatorex

> Subject: MRWS ‘wrong outcome’ ?
>
> Dear Councillor Woodburn,
>
> Radiation Free Lakeland understand your frustrations at the decision made
> by Cumbria County Council on 30th January to withdraw from Stage 4 of the
> government’s MRWS process.
>
> With radioactive waste travelling on a regular basis to Cumbria being
> reprocessed and stored in dangerous conditions at Sellafield the need to
> find a solution to the ever present risk is of major concern nationally
> and internationally.
>
> Those who oppose the GDF and the move to Stage 4 are equally concerned
> about the radiation risk to workers at Sellafield and wish to see movement
> on this matter.
>
> We are disapointed in your intention to request that Government overrules
> the council’s democratic decision to withdraw. It would set a dangerous
> precedent whereby central government can overturn the results of any
> costly process they have set in motion if they are unhappy with the
> result.
>
> We urge you to put your frustrations aside, and accept the terms of the
> MRWS process. The workers at Sellafield, the local community and Cumbria
> as a whole are now relying on strong leaders to focus all attention on
> lobbying for government investment in improved interim storage facilities
> for the H-ILW already in-situ at the plant in line with the findings of
> the National Audit Office report HC 630 dated 7 November 2012.
>
>
> Yours Sincerely
>
> Marianne Birkby

Dear Councillor Woodburn,

Radiation Free Lakeland understand your frustrations at the decision made
by Cumbria County Council on 30th January to withdraw from Stage 4 of the
government’s MRWS process.

With radioactive waste travelling on a regular basis to Cumbria being
reprocessed and stored in dangerous conditions at Sellafield the need to
find a solution to the ever present risk is of major concern nationally
and internationally.

Those who oppose the GDF and the move to Stage 4 are equally concerned
about the radiation risk to workers at Sellafield and wish to see movement
on this matter.

We are disapointed in your intention to request that Government overrules
the council’s democratic decision to withdraw. It would set a dangerous
precedent whereby central government can overturn the results of any
costly process they have set in motion if they are unhappy with the
result.

We urge you to put your frustrations aside, and accept the terms of the
MRWS process. The workers at Sellafield, the local community and Cumbria
as a whole are now relying on strong leaders to focus all attention on
lobbying for government investment in improved interim storage facilities
for the H-ILW already in-situ at the plant in line with the findings of
the National Audit Office report HC 630 dated 7 November 2012.

Yours Sincerely

Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

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