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No nuclear dump in Lake District

Jan 27

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Sign the petition before the councils vote on Wednesday

On 30 Jan, members of Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria councils will decide whether or not to continue with investigations into building nuclear waste sites in the Lake District.

The decision to explore the development of an underground store under the fells - enough to house the City of York - will be a disaster for tourism, say campaigners.

Ennerdale valley is one of the places that has been volunteered as a site for an underground dump.

The councils are being asked to vote to stop the investigations for these reasons:

  • A study in the early 90s found that the earth in the Lake District was not suitable for a nuclear dump. Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of Geology and regular government advisor, warns that if a dump is built, “radioactive gas [could] leak to the surface within 60 years.”
  • It is unlikely to be different this time round. Former investigator Chris McDonald has expressed surprise to find West Cumbria being floated once more: "I think the probability of their finding a suitable site is low,” he said
  • Further inspection into the site will cost a fortune and excavation works would put an area of outstanding beauty and scientific interest under threat
  • Despite the councils' claims that a public poll showed support for their plans, there is strong public opposition to the proposal


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