This Article from Cumbria Trust misses a trick. . Geological “Disposal” of nuclear waste is impossible…it cannot be “disposed” of and to suggest otherwise is to give the industry a green light to continue polluting. The ship needs to have sailed on deep drilling and mining in Cumbria…the risk of earthquakes in the Sellafield area from such activity is just too risky.
The last failed search process, Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) restricted the search area to the volunteer boroughs and a 5km offshore strip for coastal areas. As we know, only Copeland and Allerdale volunteered and the process was vetoed by Cumbria County Council which recognised the overwhelming local opposition to the proposal amongst a long list of concerns.
A great deal is known about Cumbria’s geology from previous failed attempts, including the £400m Nirex spent before reaching the conclusion that the geology was so complex that they couldn’t even model groundwater flow between two boreholes just 200 metres apart. The Nirex Inquiry Inspector Chris McDonald concluded that the search process should move away from Cumbria to an area of simple geology, largely found in eastern and southern England. More recent attempts by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to mislead the public by suggesting that Nirex could have found Cumbria to be…
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