Cumbria Council votes no to nuclear waste dump
Underground storage facility will not go ahead
Cumbria County Council yesterday voted against building an underground nuclear waste dump in the Lake District.
The site would have been the first of its kind in the UK but the move was rejected by seven votes to three after more than 32,000 people had signed numerous petitions against the £12bn underground storage facility.
Responding to the news Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Leila Deen said:
"This decision represents yet another major blow for the Government's attempts to force the construction of costly nuclear power plants.
“Even the PM admits we need a plan to store waste before we can build a single new plant. This decision shows that dumping waste in uncertain geology near one of the country's most pristine national parks is no solution at all.
“Ministers must now re-consider their nuclear ambitions and turn their attention, instead, to clean, sustainable and renewable energy."
Cumbria Council leader Eddie Martin said: "Cumbria has a unique and world-renowned landscape which needs to be cherished and protected.
"While Sellafield and the Lake District have co-existed side by side successfully for decades, we fear that if the area becomes known in the national conscience as the place where nuclear waste is stored underground, the Lake District's reputation may not be so resilient."