Working the Communities – The Geological Disposal Team

Nuclear Waste Here?
Nuclear Waste Here?


Sent by email today to DECC’s Office for Nuclear Development

short notice but you can send in till 11.45pm
Geological Disposal Team

Call for Evidence on Working with Communities

We would like it to be put on record that Radiation Free Lakeland are opposed to Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes anywhere.

There is nowhere in the world that has “disposed” of radioactive material by geological disposal. The only operational Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is leaking radioactivity with repeated accidents.

We oppose the Implementation of Geological Disposal and urge storage at surface or near surface where the waste can be monitored and repackaged again and again into eternity.

Geological Disposal is a false and dangerous ‘solution’ in order to give the impression that there is ‘a final plan’ for the wastes, in order to facilitate new build and new wastes.

DECC has repeatedly under FOI questions refused Radiation Free Lakeland sight of the 2013 legal challenge to Hinkley by Greenpeace based on Cumbria’s No vote to Geological Disposal. As we understand it Greenpeace’s premise in challenging Hinkley was that, as there is no plan for the waste, new build cannot go ahead.

Why the case was withdrawn we do not know but we assume it is because DECC persuaded Greenpeace lawyers that “the plan” for Geological Disposal was going ahead regardless of Cumbria’s No vote.

We ask again to see sight of DECC’s reason for optimism. Is it because DECC believes and is working towards forcing Geological Disposal on communities, with the inevitable and irreversible pollution of land and groundwaters. Making Geological Disposal a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under undemocratic delegated legislation certainly smooths the way for “Implementation of Geological Disposal”.

“Working with Communities” should more accurately be called…..
“Working the Communities”

yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

Correspondence with DECC – FOI asking for sight of Greenpeace Legal Challenge

Marianne Birkby (address)

Dear Ms Birkby,

FOI Request – ref. 13/1761

Department of Energy & Climate Change

3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW


20 December 2013

Thank you for your request for ‘sight of the witness Statements from 13th September up to and including the 19th September 2013 on behalf of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the case of the Queen v Greenpeace Ltd.

Your request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

We can confirm that we do hold information that falls within the scope of your request. However, as the information you have requested was compiled for the purposes of litigation and is information contained in a document that was filed with a court, section 32(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act applies. This exempts information that is held only by virtue of being contained in any document filed with, or otherwise placed in the custody of, a court for the purposes of proceedings in a particular cause or matter.


Whilst the contents of the witness statement is exempt under s 32(1)(a) of FOIA, information relevant to your request concerning the Government’s policy for long term management of radioactive waste can be found in the GDF annual report : safely-implementing-geological-disposal-annual-report

And information concerning the nuclear national policy statements can be found at:
􏰀 revised-draft-nuclear-national-policy-statement

You can also find more information about planning for this particular project at: new-nuclear-power-station/

Appeals Procedure

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to the Information Rights Unit (

Information Rights Unit (DECC Shared Services) Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street

Please remember to quote the reference number in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,
Office for Nuclear Development DECC

2 thoughts on “Working the Communities – The Geological Disposal Team

  1. The UK does not need a geological disposal facility; the Sellafield plutonium stockpile must be immobilised on site for near surface storage. No need for a GDF, no need for failed MOX fuel to be resuscitated, no need for Hinkley C or any other new build. When will all the new members of DECC’s Energy and Climate Change Select Committee get up-to-date with the latest scientific evidence from around the world?

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