Today at the Wave in Maryport – Cumbrians Said (and still say) NO!
*MANY THANKS* to all those Cumbrians on the frontline who are strongly protesting at the government’s latest plan. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Energy and Climate Change? Ha! spends a big chunk of its budget on fossil fuel for Sellafield which stopped producing electricity yonks ago) DECC is pushing like crazy for a high level nuclear dump under Cumbria’s leaky geology and today out of all the district councils in the UK the Department of Energy and Climate Change chose to come to sweet talk Allerdale councillors into going on with the whole geological dumping shebang. This is despite most Parishes in Allerdale having already said no.
Tomorrow the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be at Rheged in Penrith with the plan to talk to councillors/NGOs from across Cumbria. The more people who can get along and protest outside the better. The event is scheduled to start at 9am and finish at 4.30
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 ‘geological disposal facility’ 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.
The message to the Department of Energy and Climate Change is “NO!” Nothing less will do – the CONsultation however does not allow for NO.
The new CONsultation can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239237/Consultation_Review_of_the_siting_process_for_a_GDF_FINAL.pdf
Radiation Free Lakeland are not responding directly to this sham CONsultation which blatantly shoves aside any semblance of local democracy and even says that that any challenges from non government experts contrary to the geological disposal agenda will merely be used for “more effective policy and delivery” of geological dumping (pg 34 2.82).
We are urging all local councils, both parish and district and county to strongly oppose this new and insidious route to geological dumping under Cumbria and the making of a new nuclear sacrifice zone.
Please write opposing the sham and the geological dumping agenda – the more people who write, the more people and groups who ACTIVELY oppose this the more chance Cumbrians have of continuing their lives and livelihoods in Cumbria. There is a big campaign to ‘Keep Ulverston Special’ by raising funds for a judicial review against the local council’s decision to allow a supermarket. Coming from Ulverston myself I understand this is important but it is MEANINGLESS compared to a nuclear dump under Cumbria which would in fact permanently blight and pollute (at best – the worst is unthinkable) not only the whole of Cumbria but our neighbours by land and over the sea. KEEP ULVERSTON – KEEP MILLOM – KEEP WORKINGTON – KEEP KESWICK – KEEP CUMBRIA
Put up signs in fields, houses, gardens – write, write, email, phone, get creative – RESIST!
Ed Davey MP
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place
Contact Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth and ask them to set up a mock drilling rig for a geological dump outside Whitehall – apparently London Clay is the best geology for a nuclear dump!
Friends of the Earth Contact