NOW WE HAVE TILL WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH TO LOBBY COUNCILLORS- MPS – ALERT THE PRESS, CONSERVATION GROUPS, NGOS
– ASK why the wall of silence?-
MANY THANKS to everyone who emailed, tweeted and rang their MPs at such short notice. The Order was about to be passed through as “delegated legislation” this means that there is a presumption to pass the Order uncontested in a back room by Parliamentary Committee. The lobbying action by Radiation Free Lakeland and No Nuke Dumping has helped ensure that “a select group of independently minded Lib Dem and Labour MPs have objected” to the Order to class a Geological Disposal Facility as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. As some MPs said “nay” (remember this is almost unprecedented) a VOTE HAS BEEN TRIGGERED IN THE COMMONS NEXT WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH 2015.
MANY THANKS TO THOSE MPS WHO STOOD UP AND SAID “NAY”
Now we have just a week to warn our locally elected Councillors that their Democratic Planning Authority regarding the dumping of radioactive waste is about to be stolen away with no fanfare or fuss. Please lobby MPs, NGOs, Conservation Groups, The Press and anyone else you can think of. Write letters to the press – do something!
This is deliberately shifting sand that even the lawyers are unsure of. But what we do know is that government is trying to quietly push law that will ensure the hard won local planning protections (Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Conservation Areas etc) and our democratic mandate cannot be used to reject geological dumping of nuclear wastes. At the same time the government is claiming that the “implementation of geological disposal” will be participatory with a “test of public support.” We have already had some experience of how government has manipulated data to pretend support for geological dumping and expect this “test” will be more of the same.
We know that all the “Radioactive Waste Management” roads lead to new-build justification and the production of more wastes.
This is what the local government lawyers Bircham Dyson Bell say about the plan:
“Of course this isn’t a random extension to the regime, the government has in mind the creation of one such facility, likely to be in Cumbria. It tried before but in January 2013 the project was vetoed by Cumbria County Council. It’s trying again and for obvious reasons has removed the ability for a county council to veto the process, and the process is also much more measured and supported with technical information.
Even if there is only one site that gets to the stage of a borehole, there should be at least two NSIPs – one for the borehole (and possibly more) and then one for the facility itself.
Please Join us tomorrow if you can – will be going to see Tim Farron MP at his surgery in Sedbergh Fri 20 Mar Sedbergh Community Offices 3:00 – 4:00pm – will be there at 2.30 with banners etc –