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Stop nuclear waste plans for the Lake District

January 17th, 2013 by

The Lake Dstrict by James T M Towill

 

Hi, my name is Peter Maher, I am a 38 Degrees member from Cumbria.

In less than two weeks, local councillors in Cumbria could push ahead with plans to build a nuclear waste dump in the Lake District and we want to stop them.

Scientists such as Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of Geology and regular government advisor, have warned that if a dump is built, “radioactive gas [could] leak to the surface within 60 years.”

If the Councillors see that the nuclear waste plans are hugely unpopular with voters, they could vote to stop the plan, and save the Lake District from becoming England’s nuclear waste dumping ground.

If thousands of people sign this petition demanding the councillors abandon their plans, we could show them that giving the nuclear dump the go-ahead could cost them their seats on the council. Can you sign the petition now?

On 30th January, councillors from Allerdale, Cumbria County and Copeland will vote on whether to start excavating potential dump sites in the heart of the Lake District. Many of the councillors want to push ahead because they think the nuclear waste dump could bring enough economic benefits to outweigh the dangers.

But the Lake District is a national treasure, a uniquely beautiful and peaceful part of our country. These plans would scar the landscape and risk thousands of vital jobs in the local tourist industry.

Please take 2 minutes to sign the petition and then share it with others!

This isn’t about about a “not-in-my-backyard” thinking or an anti-nuclear agenda. There could be huge consequences for the landscape and local economy if the nuclear waste dump plan goes ahead.

At the end of the day, what Councillors care about most is what voters think. And that’s where people power comes in! Control of Cumbria County Council will be up for grabs very soon, with an election in May. With a huge local petition, we can show them just how unpopular they will be with voters if they support the nuclear waste dump plan.

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This petition was started on the new ‘Campaigns by You’ part of the 38 Degrees site. ‘Campaigns by You’ lets anyone set up and run their own campaigns on any issue they want – big or small, local or national. Find out more or start your own petition here.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Until such times as a more suitable alternatives are found, I am more than happy to see a well-constructed Nuclear dump, suitable for purpose, built in the Lake district.

    It certainly is not beyond the ingenuity of Man to construct a suitable safe site, well out of site, far below ground. We have overcome far greater problems and there is no reason to believe this is beyond us.

    Perhaps one day we will be able to direct all nuclear waste into the sun, Currently that is beyond us. Nuclear power however is essential for our future if we intend to seriously deal with global warming and allow the world to flourish economically. Thus until such time as Fusion power is able to be generated safely there is no other realistic solution for a large percentage of our energy needs than Nuclear.

    No, it is not a solution to keep the Chinese, Indians, and a large part of mankind poor and economically deprived to lessen our energy needs.

    LDweck

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.woof Lawrence Woof

    About burying high-level radioactive waste in the Lake District (re LDMR’s comment): if the waste has to be buried, the point is that it needs to be buried somewhere safe. Because of Cumbria’s complex geology, radiation from any proposed dump would inevitably leak into the water-table and radioactive gas would make its way through fissures in the rocks to the surface, as outlined in this study:

    http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/rsh/Smythe_consultation_response_march_2012.pdf

    In fact, it IS beyond the ingenuity of Man to construct a suitable safe site in Cumbria. Which leads to the interesting question: why ARE they choosing Cumbria for this????

  • http://nuclear-news.net/2013/01/18/uk-useful-cumbria-waste-storage-activist-links-for-upcoming-meetings/ UK useful Cumbria waste storage activist links for upcoming meetings « nuclear-news

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  • http://musicgreen.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/another-planet-80/ ANOTHER PLANET? | AGF Blog

    [...] Many think the council’s  ’consultations’ are just window dressing and the councils, or rather their cabinets, particularly Copeland Council (like local MP Jamie Reed (Labour)), see the need for jobs and economic benefits as more important than the widespread environmental damage and possible damage to local tourism that would be caused by the scheme.  Mr Reed has already said he wants the plans to proceed to the next stage – Stage 4, but other local MPs are not all so sure. There were “gasps” at public meetings in November when mock-ups of the possible construction project were shown. The projections, based on a French scheme, showed how construction and surface maintenance buildings might irrevocably scar the beautiful foothills of legendary fells such as Great Gable and Pillar. Eskdale has also been identified as having suitable granite rock formations. At a meeting in Keswick last week the hundreds attending  overwhelmingly opposed the scheme, with just three people supporting it.  Stage 5 would involve 60,000 holes bring drilled and dynamited, involving 16 drilling pads each the size of a football pitch, and Stage 6 the actual construction of the repository. More at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/16/cumbria-tourism-chiefs-oppose-nuclear-waste-burial  and see http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/01/17/stop-nuclear-waste-plans-for-the-lake-district/ and http://www.in-cumbria.com/mp-focus-on-west-cumbria-nuclear-waste-dump-facts-1.1028712?referrerPath=news-archive. [...]

  • http://www.agreenerfestival.com/2013/01/another-planet-83/ ANOTHER PLANET?

    [...] There were “gasps” at public meetings in November when mock-ups of the possible construction project were shown. The projections, based on a French scheme, showed how construction and surface maintenance buildings might irrevocably scar the beautiful foothills of legendary fells such as Great Gable and Pillar. Eskdale has also been identified as having suitable granite rock formations. At a meeting in Keswick last week the hundreds attending  overwhelmingly opposed the scheme, with just three people supporting it. Stage 5 would involve 60,000 holes bring drilled and dynamited, involving 16 drilling pads each the size of a football pitch, and Stage 6 the actual construction of the repository. More at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/16/cumbria-tourism-chiefs-oppose-nuclear-waste-burial  and see http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/01/17/stop-nuclear-waste-plans-for-the-lake-district/ and http://www.in-cumbria.com/mp-focus-on-west-cumbria-nuclear-waste-dump-facts-1.1028712?referrerPath=news-archive. Ennerdale photos (c) 2010 Jane Challis. [...]

  • Mark

    Hi 38 degrees,

    I agree that it is far from ideal and poses a significant risk.
    However, I don’t agree with the majority of NIMBY protests (The Lakes
    counts as everyones backyard) where no alternative is presented.
    Nuclear power is hear to stay for the medium term at least and
    therefore a suitable alternative is required. I’m not blase about this,
    I’m an experienced Environmental Scientist. If 38 degrees proposes an
    alternative, that will be delivered with the petition, then I’m happy
    to sign.

    Many thanks,

    Mark

  • Kevin

    I was broadly sympathetic to the campaign of not being bounced into possibly unsuitable storage arrangements, but I feel the campaign suffered from a basic moral weakness in that it was about simply trying to block one potential solution but offered no viable alternatives and didn’t canvass for alternative solutions as to where we should put the nuclear waste which will inevitably continue to arise from existing nuclear facilities let alone any new ones . I am clearly not alone as several others who have commented or responded have said the same sort of things to myself . We are not now going to put it in beautiful but low population countryside around the lake district , but we certainly shouldn’t put it in places of high population density or where there are unfavourable
    geologies. I would like to ask Peter in whose back yard he thinks it should be placed . It is not easy ! Regards, Kevin (Slough)