LiveBlog: Cumbria County Council says no to nuclear repository plan

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  • Cumbria County Council has voted 'NO' on progressing to the next stage of the decision process over plans for an underground nuclear waste facility in Cumbria.
  • Allerdale Council also voted 'NO' to involvement in the plan.
  • Copeland Council had voted 'YES' but needed county council backing to continue.
  • If built, the facility would have contained the most toxic nuclear waste in the UK, some of which is already currently stored above ground at the Sellafield site. A likely multi-billion pound 'community benefits' package would have been available if the project got the go ahead.
  • Stay on this page for reaction to today's 'NO' vote.

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2:10pm Wed 30 Jan 13

robplev says...

BRILLIANT RESULT!!!!

Thanks to those who put common sense ahead of financial gain! Nice one, you get my vote.
BRILLIANT RESULT!!!! Thanks to those who put common sense ahead of financial gain! Nice one, you get my vote. robplev
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2:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

zaney5 says...

robplev wrote:
BRILLIANT RESULT!!!!

Thanks to those who put common sense ahead of financial gain! Nice one, you get my vote.
In total agreement with you.
[quote][p][bold]robplev[/bold] wrote: BRILLIANT RESULT!!!! Thanks to those who put common sense ahead of financial gain! Nice one, you get my vote.[/p][/quote]In total agreement with you. zaney5
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5:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Kendal Jock says...

@robplev
What is so Brilliant about the result?
All the scaremongers and green people protest about the proposed development being a bad move for the National Park and tourism, including our useless MP
Tim Farron. Plenty to say but, doesn't actually achieve much. This so-called dump, will NOT be in the Lakes National Park, as it is outside the boundary line and in a flat marsh-type terrain, that is not by any stretch of the imagination, beautiful. In fact,it is very non-descript land, plus, the waste facility will be 1000 metres deep Yes! think about it-aprox 2 thirds of a mile deep and, will be lined and sealed. Well below any water courses and no danger whatever to humans, flora and fauna. Thousands of people rely on the Nuclear facilities in that area for their livelyhood. There is nowt else. Besides, this is not a new thing, as there has been waste there for many years. The idea is to make the whole area SAFER! Stop all your scaremongering.
@robplev What is so Brilliant about the result? All the scaremongers and green people protest about the proposed development being a bad move for the National Park and tourism, including our useless MP Tim Farron. Plenty to say but, doesn't actually achieve much. This so-called dump, will NOT be in the Lakes National Park, as it is outside the boundary line and in a flat marsh-type terrain, that is not by any stretch of the imagination, beautiful. In fact,it is very non-descript land, plus, the waste facility will be 1000 metres deep Yes! think about it-aprox 2 thirds of a mile deep and, will be lined and sealed. Well below any water courses and no danger whatever to humans, flora and fauna. Thousands of people rely on the Nuclear facilities in that area for their livelyhood. There is nowt else. Besides, this is not a new thing, as there has been waste there for many years. The idea is to make the whole area SAFER! Stop all your scaremongering. Kendal Jock
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6:45pm Wed 30 Jan 13

zaney5 says...

So if you like it so much over there why don't you move there then.
So if you like it so much over there why don't you move there then. zaney5
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9:01pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Kendmoor says...

I get the impression he probably is..

anyway, not that it matters any more as it's not happening, but I'm not quite sure you can really say "no danger whatever to humans, flora and fauna"

I mean, Initially it (probably) wouldn't be, but a problem that far underground is much harder to fix, detect or contain than it would be on the surface. It can only eventually go wrong and more likely go wrong because of the fact that it will be harder to detect and maintain, it wouldn't last forever, I can only imagine the headache our future generation would have trying to fix any issues that occur (and they do occur in these types of facilities). I'm not some greenie and for all I care they could build a behemoth of a plant to keep us all going and store the waste which would keep all these people you speak of (sounding like you're one of them?). I'm sure the science would be sound if it were sutible (we'll never know now I guess) but I still wouldn't trust our engineering specifically that far underground for specifically something like this, especially given problems other faciltys (and there aren't many that are active, most are still under consideration) have had.

Like I said, not that it matters anymore, Kendal Jock, but the points you raised "against" it were not the points I feel against the plans, likewise the points you made in favour of it not things that I particularly agree with..other than that jobs one of course...thats a bit of a bugger, I'm sure other methods will have to be looked at and perhaps that will offer new oppertunitys for that where there is nowt else. Either way, I wouldn't balance jobs with a plan that I personally is less sensible than other methods.
I get the impression he probably is.. anyway, not that it matters any more as it's not happening, but I'm not quite sure you can really say "no danger whatever to humans, flora and fauna" I mean, Initially it (probably) wouldn't be, but a problem that far underground is much harder to fix, detect or contain than it would be on the surface. It can only eventually go wrong and more likely go wrong because of the fact that it will be harder to detect and maintain, it wouldn't last forever, I can only imagine the headache our future generation would have trying to fix any issues that occur (and they do occur in these types of facilities). I'm not some greenie and for all I care they could build a behemoth of a plant to keep us all going and store the waste which would keep all these people you speak of (sounding like you're one of them?). I'm sure the science would be sound if it were sutible (we'll never know now I guess) but I still wouldn't trust our engineering specifically that far underground for specifically something like this, especially given problems other faciltys (and there aren't many that are active, most are still under consideration) have had. Like I said, not that it matters anymore, Kendal Jock, but the points you raised "against" it were not the points I feel against the plans, likewise the points you made in favour of it not things that I particularly agree with..other than that jobs one of course...thats a bit of a bugger, I'm sure other methods will have to be looked at and perhaps that will offer new oppertunitys for that where there is nowt else. Either way, I wouldn't balance jobs with a plan that I personally is less sensible than other methods. Kendmoor
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