Keekle Head – Still Time to Stop the Nuke Dump!

Otter- I am an endangered species, not a receptor

Fresh Water Pearl Mussel; Endangered Species not a Receptor

Keekle Head - Barrister

The first day of the Public Inquiry started yesterday. The more people who object to one of Cumbria’s most important rivers and wildlife areas being turned into a nuclear dump the better – there is still time to object and still time to ask to speak in person at the Inquiry which will last at least 8 days possibly two weeks. Cumbria Wildlife Trust is one group who should be shouting out about this and objecting – so far there is deafening silence.. still time to step up to the mark. All the villages around about Keekle would be affected by inevitable leaching from the site, not to mention the 12 lorries loads a day of nuclear waste passing through towns and villages on the Lakeland fringe. MANY THANKS to Roy St Pierre who travelled up from Colne by bike and train to attend and speak on the first day!!

To speak at the Inquiry contact Rachel Brophy at Cumbria County Council: 01539 713413
To write to the Inspector :Mr Jonathon King – Keekle Head Inspector
case reference no:2187327.
C/O Mr Robert Cook, 3/02, Temple Quay House, 2
The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Email: enquiries@pins.gsi.gov.uk

sample letter here: https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/letter-to-the-keekle-head-inquiry-inspector/

Press coverage of first day of the Inquiry:

Cumbria County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a
radioactive waste dump in west Cumbria is the subject of a Public
Inquiry this week.

ITV Border 25th June 2013

http://www.itv.com/news/border/story/2013-06-25/public-inquiry-into-nuclear-waste-dump/

ITV Border 25th June 2013

http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2013-06-25/full-report-public-inquiry-into-nuclear-waste-dump/

BBC 25th June 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-23044387

Artists Impression.

ITV Border 25th June 2013

http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2013-06-25/artists-impression-of-proposed-nuclear-dump-site/

“Nuclear industry desperate to get rid of waste anywhere” says
campaigner.

ITV Border 25th June 2013

http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2013-06-25/nuclear-industry-desperate-to-get-rid-of-waste-anywhere-says-campaigner/

Cumbria Wildlife Under Threat from Nuke Dump at Keekle Head

Nuke Dump Keekle Head: Endangered Birds and Mammals
Nuke Dump Keekle Head: Endangered Birds and Mammals

this doesn’t include other endangered species such as the fresh water pearl mussel (freshwater pearls known as the tears of unicorns)

Time for Cumbria Wildlife Trust to get active?

the list of documents relating to Keekle Head from the company looking to pick up lucrative government contracts to sweep one million cubic meters of up to 500bq/g of nuclear waste under Cumbria
http://onlineplanning.cumbria.gov.uk/ePlanningOPS/tabPage3.jsp?aplId=32066

Keekle Head – Public Inquiry in Kendal- starts this Tues – DEMO 9am

Keekle Head Coal Mine

Keekle Head - Nr Whitehaven

REMINDER – KEEKLE HEAD Public Inquiry starts this tues County Offices in Kendal – be there for 9am to join Demo and for 10 am to register to speak at the inquiry.

If you cannot get to the Inquiry to speak please write to the Inspector asking him to uphold the County Council’s refusal – Sample Letter to Inquiry Inspector here:
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/letter-to-the-keekle-head-inquiry-inspector/

This has received little press attention despite being the plan for the only purpose built nuclear dump in the UK. The plan is for this former open cast coal mine and head of the river Keekle to become a dumping ground for the higher end of low level wastes. Given Sellafield’s track record that could well mean high level wastes end up being dumped here. Certainly the plan would be to dump tonnes of asbestos laced with tritium and plutonium into an area previously clear of the nuclear industry’s crap.

Following lobbying by Radiation Free Lakeland, Friends of the Lake District have written an objection but will not make representation at the Inquiry. The more people and groups who can make the effort to oppose this and attend the Inquiry in person the better! Friends of the Lake District’s opposition letter is VERY GOOD on landscape issues but does not go as far as to object to the irreversible radioactive contamination of land and water that would be inevitable should this plan go ahead.

Objection from Friends of the Lake District – 19th June 2013

Your ref: APP/H0900/A/12/2187327
Mr Robert Cook
The Planning Inspectorate 3/02, Temple Quay House 2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol, BS1 6PN

Dear Mr Cook
Our ref: CCC/72

Planning Appeal at Keekle Head Former Opencast Coal Site, South of C4006, nr. Pica, Workington CA14 4QF: Waste management facility for the disposal of low and very low level radioactive waste including site restoration and ancillary development – app reference 4/10/9001

Friends of the Lake District is the only charity wholly dedicated to protecting the landscape of Cumbria and the Lake District.
Friends of the Lake District is against the appeal proposals and fully supports Cumbria County Council’s reasons for refusing this planning application. Should this facility be given permission it would lead to industrial development within an open and rural area of the County with the associated vehicle movements and industrial-scale buildings at the site. It would also destroy UK Biodiversity Action Plan Habitat and a County Wildlife Site.
Keekle Head lies within the Cumbria Landscape Character Guidance sub-type 9a Open Moorlands. This character type is open with long views and a relatively wild, remote and unmanaged character. The Guidance states that “The open character and expansive views across moorland and higher farmed areas are sensitive to large scale infrastructure development that could obscure or significantly interrupt the views.” Friends of the Lake District wholly agrees with the County Council’s decision notice wording that this development:
Would not respect, protect, maintain or enhance the local landscape character; maintain or enhance the tranquillity of the area, or be compatible with the landscape in terms of its scale, siting and design. The proposal would impose artificial, engineered and industrialised structures and features which would be and remain incongruous, discordant, incompatible and out of scale with the character of the local rural landscape. The proposal would have unacceptable visual impacts upon residential receptors on the periphery of the site and from High Park Open Access Land, as compared with the baseline restoration scheme, and restoration of the site would not be completed within a reasonable timescale.
Therefore the proposed development is contrary to Cumbria Minerals and Waste Development Framework Core Strategy Policy 4 and Development Control
Policies 12 and 16 along with NPPF paragraphs 17 and 109.
Friends of the Lake District supports the County Council’s reasoning with regard to the loss of biodiversity at the site. The decision notice states that:
The proposal is contrary to Cumbria Minerals and Waste Development Framework Core Strategy Policy 4 and Development Control Policy 10 as it would have an unacceptable impact upon a UK Priority Habitat and a County Wildlife Site. No adequate mitigation or compensation measures have been proposed; there is no overriding need for the development until around 2030 and more acceptable alternative sites on or adjacent to existing nuclear sites could result in less harm.
The proposal is also contrary to NPPF paragraphs 17, 109, 117 and 118.
That the location of the facility is not accessible by rail or sea means that there will be increased road traffic movements associated with the site which are unsustainable and contrary to NPPF paragraphs 34 and 35. Friends of the Lake District supports the County Council’s decision notice which states that:
The proposal is contrary to National Planning Policy Framework (Paragraph 34), [North West Regional Spatial Strategy Policy EM 12] and Cumbria Minerals and Waste Development Framework Core Strategy Policy 1 and Development Control Policy 1 with regard to sustainable location and communities taking responsibility for their own waste, as its location would give rise to unnecessary waste road miles, and would not be accessible by rail or the sea.
We would therefore urge that this appeal against refusal of permission at Keekle Head is dismissed.
Please record these representations as those of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE-Cumbria Association). We would be grateful to receive a copy of the decision notice.
Yours sincerely,
Kate Willshaw Planning Officer
CC Rachel Brophy Cumbria County Council

Radioactive Flytippers get off scot free.

Plastic bag of nuke waste
Plastic bag of nuke waste
Swapping cancer stories with police= population mixing theory is a farce
Swapping cancer stories with police= population mixing theory is a farce
Stop Nuclear Landfill
Stop Nuclear Landfill
Sellafield - Crown Court Carlisle 1
Sellafield – Crown Court Carlisle 1
We won't be dumped on
We won’t be dumped on

On Friday at Carlisle Crown Court Sellafield was fined £700,000 for dumping several bags of intermediate and low level waste in ordinary landfill. The bags were plastic and lay broken in the same landfill used for composting and recycling. The fine is meaningless. The public will be picking up the tab. The only meaningful fine would be a ban on Sellafield dumping ANY radioactive waste in ANY landfill. The media and especially the BBC have consistently played this down and no media commentators have made the points that
A. the public will be picking up the tab for the fine
B. the deregulatory “exempt” law allows radioactive waste into landfill in the first place
C. there is no guarantee that this was an isolated incident.

This means that the industry can continue to fly tip its tonnes of radioactive waste including asbestos laced with tritium and plutonium willy nilly into landfill under the “exempt” deregulation. If a member of the public had dumped a dirty bomb, several plastic bags of intermediate/low level nuclear waste into a landfill/recycling site they would quite rightly be facing a long custodial sentence under the terrorism laws, they certainly would not be allowed to set foot in a landfill/recycling centre again, and the public would not be paying their fine.

In summing up, the judge hearing the case recognised that the mistakes that were made indicated basic management failures and in this type of industry, it shouldn’t be the case that lessons were learnt after the event.

3 Weeks to Save the Lakes who were at court noted that:
1. The industry is pushing the myth that it is apparently ‘good’ for the environment that Sellafield are classifying more waste as “exempt” and less as radioactive.
Even the Sellafield defence solicitor seemed unclear on this mad state of affairs, and having read the “it is a good thing” statement had to request that he check it with his client…who all nodded approvingly. He was unable to elaborate further.
and that
2. Sellafield staff are carrying this stuff around unprotected on site in plastic bags. The argument made was that this stuff is no worse than a foot xray or a flight to Paris and was equivalent to minimal background radiation (no mention was made of the need to wear a lead vest to have a foot xray to protect unborn foetuses). The judge DID point out that it wasn’t just exempt waste and that once classified ‘low level’ or ‘intermediate’ level waste it was handled completely differently- LLW being encased in metal and then filled with concrete.

The “exempt” law needs to change to prevent radioactive waste going into landfill – petition here:
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46223

Border TV report
http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2013-06-14/full-report-700-000-fine-for-sellafield-after-radioactive-waste-mistake/
Many thanks to Dan who came up to Cumbria to see Sellafield’s day in court, from Kings Cliffe. Kings Cliffe is a village in Northamptonshire where Secretary of State Eric Pickles overturned the public’s wishes that radioactive waste should be kept out of their landfill. Sellafield waste is now winging its way to Northamptonshire and into Kings Cliffe landfill – this is WRONG http://www.kingscliffewastewatchers.co.uk/

Charges
1. SELLAFIELD LIMITED on or about the 12th day of April 2010, operated a regulated facility involving the disposal of non exempt radioactive waste at Waste Group Recycling Limited’s landfill site at Lillyhall Cumbria outside the extent authorised by an environmental permit, contrary to Regulations 12(1)(a) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
2. SELLAFIELD LIMITED between 1st day of November 2009 and the 5th day of April 2010, being a person to whom an authorisation, namely BX9838 was granted under section 13 of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 did not comply with a limitation or condition of that authorisation, namely Schedule 1 condition 4(b) of the said authorisation, in that it failed to check at an appropriate frequency, the effectiveness of systems, equipment and procedures provided for the disposal of radioactive waste, contrary to Section 32(1)(c) of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.
3. SELLAFIELD LIMITED between 6th day of April 2010 and the 19th day of April 2010, failed to comply with or contravened an environmental permit condition, namely Schedule 1 condition 4(b) of environmental permit BX9838, in that it failed to check at an appropriate frequency, the effectiveness of systems, equipment and procedures provided for the disposal of radioactive waste, contrary to Regulation 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
4.SELLAFIELD LIMITED between 15th day of November 2008 and the 5th day of April 2010, being a person to whom an authorisation, namely BX9838 was granted under section 13 of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 did not comply with a limitation or condition of that authorisation, namely Schedule 1 condition 6(a) of the said authorisation, in that it failed to have a management system, organisational structure and resources in place which were sufficient to achieve compliance with the limitations and conditions of the said authorisation, contrary to Section 32(1)(c) of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993
5.SELLAFIELD LIMITED between 6th day of April 2010 and the 19th day of April 2010,
failed to comply with or contravened an environmental permit condition, namely Schedule 1 condition 6(a) of environmental permit BX9838, in that it failed to have a management system, organisational structure and resources in place which were sufficient to achieve compliance with the limitations and conditions of the said permit, contrary to Regulation 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
6.SELLAFIELD LIMITED between 5th day of March 2009 and the 5th day of April 2010, being a person to whom an authorisation, namely BX9838 was granted under section 13 of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 did not comply with a limitation or condition of that authorisation, namely Schedule 1 condition 12(a) of the said authorisation, in that it failed to have and comply with appropriate criteria for the acceptance into service of systems, equipment and procedures for carrying out any monitoring and measurements necessary to determine compliance with the limitations and conditions of this authorisation, contrary to Section 32(1)(c) of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.
7. SELLAFIELD LIMITED on and before the 12 April 2010 breached Regulation 5 of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 in that it caused or permitted dangerous goods, namely non exempt radioactive waste, to be carried where that carriage did not comply with applicable requirements of ADR (The European agreement governing the international carriage of dangerous goods by road), whereby it committed an offence contrary to section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (‘the Act’) and is liable to a penalty pursuant to section 33(2) and Schedule 3A to the Act (as amended by section 1 of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008).
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/148282.aspx

Letter to the Keekle Head Inquiry Inspector

Letter to the Keekle Head Inspector -Dear Mr Jonathon King

Letter x 2 – to print off, cut into two letters and sign, please get your friends and family to sign and share too!

Dear Mr Jonathan King,

KEEKLE HEAD– NUCLEAR DUMP: a million cubic meters …

Councils and political leaders in Cumbria have consistently and unanimously opposed the proposal to turn a former open cast coal mine in the Lake District into the UK’s first purpose built nuclear dump site. Keekle Head is the source of the beautiful river Keekle featured recently on BBC’s Countryfile as one of the last strongholds of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel. The company behind the proposal, Endecom says it not possible to site a low level nuclear dump at Sellafield: “there is insufficient space on the site to construct a Very Low Level Waste Disposal Facility and.. large areas of contaminated land on the site would have to be excavated to develop a VLLW Facility”.

In other words Sellafield’s 6 mile square site is too small and way too contaminated for a low level nuclear dump. We note that Endecom have replied to Cumbria County Council’s concern about the proposed Keekle Head waste being below the watertable by saying the waste will now be above the watertable. (Endecom: Addendum Environmental Statement 2011). This is just as likely to leach into the water table. 12 lorry loads a day- over 50 years would arrive at Keekle Head via the Lake District fringe should this plan be approved. Jamie Reed pro nuclear Copeland MP has opposed the proposal saying “I understand the need for additional disposal facilities but I don’t 
believe these should be undertaken away from the existing areas – it makes
 no sense to do so” I agree and urge you to recommend refusal for this proposal.

Yours sincerely,
Name:
Address:

Once you have collected as many as possible please send them before the end of June to:
Mr Jonathon King – Keekle Head Inspector
case reference no:2187327.
C/O Mr Robert Cook, 3/02, Temple Quay House, 2
The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

or email: enquiries@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Your own letters are best but to register the level of opposition the more letters signed and sent the better!

More info here:
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/call-to-action-nuke-dump-at-keekle-head/

and some history here:
Lillyhall and Keekle - news from 2010

The only way to stop this push to dump in landfill is for the 2007 “exempt” law to be abolished – it is difficult to get this message out that as the law stands people are reducing, reusing and recycling in order to make room for nuclear waste
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46223

CALL TO ACTION – NUKE DUMP AT KEEKLE HEAD??

"exempt" nuke waste in landfill - NO THANKS! image:News and Star 7th June
“exempt” nuke waste in landfill – NO THANKS!
image:News and Star 7th June

Endecom have appealed against the Cumbria County Council’s unaminous rejection of what would be the UK’s first purpose build low level radioactive waste dump at Keekle head.

The Public Inquiry will be held at County Offices, Busher Walk, KENDAL, Cumbria, LA9 4RQ;
commencing on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 10.00am.

The more people who come along on 25th to register to speak opposing this diabolic plan to truck nuclear waste classified as “exempt” high volume very low level waste (HVVLLW) into Cumbria and dump it – the better.

DEMONSTRATION – 25th JUNE outside County Offices – Kendal
There will be a demonstration on the first day of the Inquiry from 9am to support the councils’ opposition and urge a change in the “exempt” law that allows nuclear waste into landfill.

Info:

A proposal to turn a former open cast coal mine in the Lake District into the UK’s first purpose built nuclear dump site for a million cubic meters of low level radioactive waste was unanimously refused by Cumbria County Councillors in May 2012.

Planning Committee members unanimously rejected the application from Endecom UK – owned by SITA UK to use the 170 acre site at Keekle Head in West Cumbria to dump low level and very low level waste. The material would primarily come from radioactively contaminated construction and demolition waste from nuclear plants including Sellafield, Chapelcross etc.

Councillors refused the application on grounds of:

• The development is against waste planning guidance on all communities taking responsibility for their own waste and would lead to unnecessary road transport miles as Keekle Head is not accessible by rail or sea.



• The development would have an unacceptable impact upon a UK Priority Habitat and a County Wildlife Site and no adequate mitigation or compensation measures had been considered.



• The development would have an adverse impact visually on local residents and on the surrounding landscape.



• The report also raised concerns over the negative message it risked sending about West Cumbria if radioactive waste management facilities were allowed to disperse away from established nuclear sites.



• Alternative sites, including those on or next to existing nuclear sites where the waste arises, have not been fully assessed.


The reason Endecom gave for not siting a low level dump at or near 
Sellafield was that “large areas of contaminated land on the site would 
have to be excavated to develop a Facility.”
Copeland Borough Council and a number of parish councils opposed Endecom UK’s application.

Cllr Tim Knowles, the council’s Cabinet member then responsible for environment, said “We have resisted similar attempts to use Cumbrian landfill sites for low level radioactive and asbestos waste coming from Scotland as we feel this is unacceptable. 

Cumbria has a responsibility to manage its waste responsibly, but it is not a dumping ground.”



Jamie Reed MP pro nuclear MP for Copeland has opposed the proposal saying “I understand the need for additional disposal facilities but I don’t
believe these should be undertaken away from the existing areas – it makes
no sense to do so”
South Lakeland Councillor Brenda Grey said it was “wrong to open up new sites and contaminate new ground. All nuclear sites should keep their own waste on site. We should lobby government to have the law changed back so it cannot go into landfill”
Unless the 2007 “exempt” law allowing low level radioactive waste into landfill is changed and soon, the Government can, as happened at Kings Cliffe, overturn any decision councillors make. The irony is that there is a tightening up of the waste allowed into landfill – apart from the nuclear industry’s waste. Nuclear waste is “exempted” and then classified as non radiological and conventional – while a tyre is not – chiefly because the toxins from a tyre will leach into landfill. Nuclear waste will inevitably leach.
Endecom UK had spent more than two years trying to persuade planning chiefs to give the radioactive dumping site the official go-ahead.

The company has already secured agreement, subject to the planning approval being granted, on the purchase of the Keekle Head site, which is located one mile east of Pica and five miles north east from Whitehaven.

Keekle Head is the source of the river Keekle and is one of the most important trout and salmon migratory rivers in Cumbria. It is also one of the last strongholds of the endangered Freshwater Pearl Mussel nationally. “The Ehen runs west through the village of Ennerdale Bridge where it is joined by Croasdale Beck (off Banna Fell) and then on to Cleator Moor and Cleator where it is joined by the River Keekle before moving southwards through Egremont and then runs parallel to the Irish Sea which it eventually joins near the Sellafield nuclear site, at the same point as the River Calder”. http://www.westcumbriariverstrust.org/our-rivers-and-lakes/

The bizarre reason Endecom gives for it not being possible to site a low level nuclear dump at Sellafield: “there is insufficient space on the site to construct a VLLW Disposal Facility and.. large areas of contaminated land on the site would have to be excavated to develop a VLLW Facility”. (Endecom: Addendum Environmental Statement 2011)

In other words Sellafield’s 6 mile square site is too small and way too contaminated for a low level dump! We note that Endecom have replied to Cumbria County Council’s concern about the waste being below the watertable by saying the waste will now be above the watertable. (Endecom: Addendum Environmental Statement 2011). This is just as likely to leach into the water table. Water breaches from nuclear repositories are inevitable as experience has shown elsewhere. The nuclear contamination makes freshwater invalid.

Bizarrely there has been no health impact assessment carried out by Endecom despite the plan to dump one million cubic metres of nuclear waste -12 lorry loads a day- over many decades at Keekle Head.

Unanimous no to Keekle Head
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/cumbria-county-council-unaminuous-no-to-nuke-landfill-in-keekle-head/

Letter to Secretary of State – following Endecom appeal
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/letter-to-secretary-of-state-no-radioactive-landfill-keekle-head/

REDUCE REUSE RECYLE MAKE ROOM FOR NUCLEAR
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/world/2010/04/448818.html

Nuclear Waste Demonstration in Whitehaven
(note that the NDA regard “exempt” waste as non radiological/conventional waste – big lie!)
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/nuclear-waste-demonstration-in-whitehaven-1.1061431?referrerPath=news

COUNTRYFILE FEATURE ON KEEKLE

INQUIRY INFO
Subject: Notification of Public Inquiry Regarding Keekle Head Former
Opencast Coal Site
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:58:11 +0100
From: developmentcontrol@cumbria.gov.uk
To: developmentcontrol@cumbria.gov.uk

Dear Sir/Madam

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Notification of Public Inquiry

This letter is to notify you that a Public Inquiry will be held as a result
of an appeal by Endecom UK Ltd against the decision of Cumbria County
Council to refuse planning permission in relation to the following planning
application:

Application ref.:

4/10/9001

Description of development:

Waste management facility for the disposal of low and very low level
radioactive waste including site restoration and ancillary development

Location:

Keekle Head Former Opencast Coal Site, South of C4006, nr. Pica, Workington
CA14 4QF

The Public Inquiry will be held at County Offices, Busher Walk, KENDAL,
Cumbria, LA9 4RQ;

commencing on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 10.00am.

An Inspector instructed by the Secretary of State will attend at the place,
date and time shown above. In accordance with Section 79 and Paragraph 3 of
Schedule 6 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Secretary of State
has directed that he should determine this appeal instead of an Inspector.
This means that instead of writing a decision, the instructed Inspector, Mr
Jonathan King BA DIPTP MRTPI, will prepare a report and recommendation,
which will be sent to the Secretary of State for a decision. The reason for
this direction is that the appeal involves proposals for a development of
major importance having more than local significance.

The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning
(Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000. Further information and guidance
on the appeals process can be found on the planning portal website at:

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/planningappeals.

Members of the public may attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector’s
discretion, express their views. If you wish to do this it is recommended
that you attend on the first day of the Inquiry to ensure the Inspector is
aware of your wishes.

If you, or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about
facilities at the Inquiry venue, you should contact Cumbria County Council
at the Inquiry venue (tel: 01539 713066 or email:

developmentcontrol@cumbria.gov.uk) to confirm that suitable provisions are
in place.

You may view the appeal documents relating to this case online on Cumbria
County Council’s Website at http://www.cumbria.gov.uk
or directly at:
http://onlineplanning.cumbria.gov.uk/ePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=3
2066

or in person at:

* Cumbria County Council Offices, Busher Walk, Kendal (tel. 01539
713066); – Open 8:30am-5pm Mondays – Thursdays and 8:30am-4:30pm Fridays.

* Copeland Borough Council Offices, The Copeland Centre, Catherine
Street, Whitehaven (tel. 0845 0952100); – Open 8:45am-5:15pm Mondays,
Tuesdays, and Thursdays; 10.00am-5.15pm Wednesdays; and 8:45am-4:30pm
Fridays.

* Allerdale Borough Council Offices, Allerdale House, Workington (tel.
01900 702702); – Open 8.45am-5.15pm Mondays-Thursdays and 8.45am-4.45pm
Fridays.

* Distington Library, Community Centre, Church Road, Distington,
Workington, (tel. 01946 832649); – Open 1pm-5pm Tuesdays; 1pm-4pm Thursdays;
and 1pm-5pm Fridays.

You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking
part in planning appeals” booklets free of charge from the Planning Portal
at http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or from us.

If you have any specific queries, the contact point at the Planning
Inspectorate for this case is: Mr Robert Cook, 3/02, Temple Quay House, 2
The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Tel: 0117 372 8933. The Planning Inspectorate Case Reference number is:
APP/H0900/A/12/2187327 and you are advised to quote this when speaking to Mr
Cook.

Following the inquiry, the Secretary of State’s decision will be published
on the Planning Portal. This can be accessed by going to:
http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/casesearch.asp and entering
the case reference number: 2187327.

Should you have any general questions as regards any of the above, please do
not hesitate to contact me directly on 01539 713413.

Yours faithfully

Rachel Brophy

Senior Planning Officer

Cumbria County Council Planning & Sustainability

County Offices | Busher Walk | Kendal | Cumbria | LA9 4RQ

T. 01539 713 413

F. 01539 713 439

“Call for Evidence” evidence or excuses to return to Cumbria?

2008 letter Marianne Birkby MRWS

Since that letter written in 2008 NOTHING HAS CHANGED
apart from £millions spent on grooming Cumbrians to continue along
carefully orchestrated steps towards geological disposal.

This new “review of the siting process for a geological disposal facility” is
a misnomer and a trap geared to receiving answers that will lead back to
the predetermined site : Cumbria.

Following Cumbria’s NO to the nuclear dump, government is on a “lessons learnt” mission. This is a Department of Energy and Climate Change “call for evidence” on how Cumbria could have been stitched up rather more tightly and stuck to the road map leading to geological disposal. The questions are a means to gather information and ideas on how to avoid inconveniences such as free thinking councillors. The information gathered will be fed into a new consultation. For goodness sake No means No!

You can download the whole sorry shebang and respond here by 10th of June :https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-radioactive-waste-safely-call-for-evidence-on-the-siting-process-for-a-geological-disposal-facility#download

or send them an email here: radioactivewaste@decc.gsi.gov.uk

There will be a new consultation and the whole expensive merry go round will keep going as long as the door is left open. For example Friends of the Lake District say that there needs to be more research into Cumbria’s geology – this leaves the door wide open instead of slamming it shut for good.

Here is Radiation Free Lakeland’s response to this charade

MANAGING RADIOACTIVE WASTE SAFELY : CALL FOR EVIDENCE OF THE SITING
PROCESS FOR A
GEOLOGICAL DISPOSAL FACILITY

To Whom It May Concern,

Radiation Free Lakeland was formed in 2008 following Cumbria County
Council Cabinet’s (not councillors) “expression of interest.” We are
volunteers receiving and expecting no funding.

The founder of Radiation Free Lakeland responded in 2008 to A FRAMEWORK
FOR IMPLEMENTING GEOLOGICAL DISPOSAL. The letter (attached) dated 18th
October 2008 says:

“You point out that two thirds of all ‘legacy waste is already at
Sellafield but do not make clear that the Government plan is for the
repository to take not only legacy but waste from new build. The new
reactors being proposed are going to use high burnup fuel which when spent
is even more difficult to manage and shield including during
transportation, The HLW/spent fuel situation is unworkable now with
‘legacy’ waste but with new build it will be much worse.

At the Nirex inquiry it was established that the science of disposal is
unproven and that the West coast of Cumbria is particularly unsuitable
geologically. Given the long time scales involved in looking after
radioactive waste surely the prerequisite should be the geological
suitability of an area rather than the “willingness” of a community to
host a repository. Future generations of that community will be
INVOLUNTARY hosts to radioactive nuclear waste.

Cumbria County Council (and government) have a remit to look after the
wellbeing of the people of Cumbria. In 2008 the German Government
commissioned a study into radiation risks which has halted the nuclear
programme in Germany. The KiKK study reveals large increases in leukemia
(220%) and solid cancers (160%) among children aged under 5 within 5km of
all German nuclear power stations. It also found a clear distance
relationship of up to 50km – the closer the children lived to nuclear
installations/routes, the greater their cancer risks. It took about 20
years for the scientist Alice Stewart’s findings to be accepted and for
the practice of X-raying pregnant women and childrens’ feet to be stopped.

Policy 11 “Habitats Regulations Assessment would be likely to be required
for any site that may be “volunteered.”

Research into radiation risks to the Cumbrian environment should be
carried out by independent scientists BEFORE CCC (and government)
considers asking whether or not we should “volunteer.” This is becoming
impossible in Cumbria where environmental bodies are being increasingly
funded by the nuclear industry and impartiality is questionable. For
example the nuclear funding of thte Cumbria Biodversity Action Plan whose
partners include Cumbria Wildlife Trust/English Nature/National Park
Authority/Friends of the Lake District.

Before embarking on any commitment to asking us to “volunteer” for a
nuclear repository Cumbria County Council should insist on independent
studies into radiation risks to biodiversity and to human health. We
should be aware of what the risks are before being asked to consider them.

Yours sincerely
Marianne Birkby Wildlife Artist”

Since that letter written in 2008 NOTHING HAS CHANGED
apart from £millions spent on grooming Cumbrians to continue along
carefully orchestrated steps towards geological disposal.

This “review of the siting process for a geological disposal facility” is
a misnomer and a trap geared to receiving answers that will lead back to
the predetermined site : Cumbria.

please take the attachment and the above as Radiation Free Lakeland’s
response

From Scotland to Cumbria – Radioactive Landfill

Radioactive Landfill Dumped in Cumbria from Scotland
Radioactive Landfill Dumped in Cumbria from Scotland

This Thursday Radiation Free Lakeland will show support for Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council in their opposition to further millions of tonnes of radioactive waste being trucked down from Scotland to be dumped in Cumbrian Landfill.

A demonstration of support will be held at the Copeland Centre, Whitehaven, the venue for the Committee meeting on thursday from 1pm. Join us and stop the madness of radioactive waste in landfill. If you cannot join us, please write with your support for Councillors’ opposition to Scottish nuclear waste in our landfill…here are the committee members emails….http://copeland.gov.uk/committees/strategic-nuclear-and-energy-board-meeting-thu-06-jun-2013

We agree entirely with Councillor Tim Knowles who stated in 2011
“To expect Cumbria to be the dumping ground for their (Scotlands) very low level
waste beggars belief. If a landfill is good enough to accept this material – and I
don’t agree that it is – then at least put it in a Scottish landfill rather than
shipping it into Cumbria. We need to take a stand now, otherwise Cumbria will be
accepting a Trojan horse for the future.”

In the 1990s, large-scale dumping of nuclear wastes in Landfill was banned. However
in March 2007 the law was changed so that wastes such as plutonium wastes can now be
sent to ordinary disposal sites, classified as “exempt.” Cellulose – the woody
compound used to make paper – breaks down into chemicals that can make plutonium up
to 10,000 times more likely to get into underground water supplies. Radiation Free
Lakeland are campaigning to change the “exempt” law and ban nuclear waste going into
landfill. The nuclear industry is desperate to offload tens of millions of tonnes
of nuclear rubble, to clear the decks and in a PR exercise point to decommissioned
nuclear sites as “clean.” Meanwhile those sites are due to be dumped almost in
their entirety into Cumbrian landfill in a sick montypythonesque…
‘reduce, reuse recycle, make room for nuclear’.
This must not be allowed to happen. Councillor Brenda Grey has said it is “wrong to open up new sites and contaminate new ground. All nuclear sites should keep their own waste on site. We should lobby government to have the law changed back so it cannot go into landfill”

Radiation Free Lakeland agree, unless the “exempt” law is changed and soon, the
Government could say “I believe the developers when they say its safe” and just
overturn any decision to oppose “exempt” radioactive waste in landfill that local
councils and communities make. Nuclear waste is “exempt” while a tyre is not –
chiefly because the toxins from a tyre will leach into landfill while nuclear
waste…! The nuclear industry is being dangerously deregulated in the same way as
the banks were before the crash.

Good on Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council for opposing this madness, the wonder is why Allerdale Borough council whose ward actually includes Lillyhall has not
strongly opposed??

Radiation Free Lakeland urge people to support the petition/campaigns asking
government to ban nuclear waste from going into landfill.
Petition
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46223

More info

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/world/2010/04/448818.html

Refs.
Tim Knowles
http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/news/2011/October/13_10_2011-110848.asp

Cumbria CC and Copeland oppose
http://www.copeland.gov.uk/attachments/strategic-nuclear-and-energy-board-committee-item-7-thu-06-jun-2013

Keekle Head unanimous No
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/cumbria-county-council-unaminuous-no-to-nuke-landfill-in-keekle-head/
CCC Briefing Note from Radiation Free Lakeland
CCC Briefing Note 2 -Nuclear Landfill