To dump nuclear waste, first they must dump democracy!
In the last act of the dying Parliament, MPs quietly voted to dump democratic planning processes to expedite a ‘facility’ for the high level nuclear waste in geologically fractured Cumbria, writes Marianne Birkby – so over-ruling strong and highly effective local opposition. Shame on them!
The nuclear industry concede that a nuclear burial site would
definitely leak radioactive atoms that would get back up to the surface
and into people’s drinking water and food – and so put them at risk of
On the last law-making day of Parliament, MPs voted to dump democracy along with radioactive wastes.
There was no debate or even public vote in the lobbies of the Commons – voting was done by filling in a form. Incredibly MPs ‘voted’ 277 votes to 33 to dump democracy.
And in that act the dying Parliament gave birth to a monster – the adding of the geological disposal of radioactive wastes to the list of ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects’ (NSIPs). Or as we see it in Cumbria, wiping out democracy to dump nuclear waste.
There were no notices of the impending birth. No outraged opinion pieces by environment journalists. No national countryside or environmental groups galvanising their members.
Also in the Guardian today…Friends of the Earth quoted but where are they on nuclear? Certainly no national campaign to halt this obscenity – their silence until jumping up when asked for a quote by national press after the vicious deals are done is hair raising. Come on FoE and Greenpeace lets see some active anti nuclear campaigning!