This is a really difficult issue- there is no easy answer. If it were simple, a site would have been found that was acceptable before now. It doesn’t matter where you put it, no-one will want it – who in their right mind would? Until someone comes up with a way of disposing of nuclear waste that doesn’t involve storage, we’re stuck with the problem – always assuming we accept that nuclear power is an essential part of the mix of producing energy (with which I happen to agree). So inevitably any resistance (otherwise known as NIMBYism) exports the problem somewhere else. I seem to remember that there’s a nuclear waste disposal site somewhere in the Netherlands that actually welcomes ‘deposits’ – if that’s the case, why don’t we genuinely export our problem? Incidentally, I’m not arguing for the LD to become a depositary – far from it.
Understood. But isn’t this a case of the incentives (money) causing the politicians to turn a blind-eye to, or try to find ways round, the fact that previous geological studies have found Cumbria to be unsuitable? Interestingly I’ve read that clay based geology is better, such as that found near London and Oxford. I wonder how likely those areas are to be considered as possible sites for long term storage facilities?
Hah! Somewhat unlikely, I suspect. Emotion overuling rational argument – surely politics don’t come into it….?!
Of course, if Scotland become(s) independent (unlikely, I hope) we could export it there….
But seriously, the average punters just don’t understand the technical stuff & vote with their heart – even if a site were found that was ideal, someone in the locality would be against it.
Re Cumbria, I wouldn’t want to see anything that would prejudice the safety & beauty of the area. I don’t know enough about it to be able to comment knowledgably on your point about previous geological surveys – can you point me in the right direction? (signing off for now).
The trick is to avoid underground storage altogether. As you say above, storage is something we do until the waste can be processed into a non radioactive/acceptably radioactive state. Until then government needs to find methods that can best be managed to minimize possible environmental impact. There is already above ground storage in the LD.
(At what point will Tish step in and tell us off for doing politics on the blog )
Not at all. I am incensed by the fracking business. Don’t know what to do or who to shout about it to.
Can’t believe they’re thinking of both fracking and nuclear storage so close together. Am I stupid, or are they?
There are links on our website with all the background information you need. Please take the time to read. We are not anti nuclear and not anti Sellafield, just against turning Ennerdale into an Industrial site when there are safer alternatives. Unfortunately, common sense and safety do not apply in this case, because the argument is based on politics not on science.
Thanks for the background info, which I will check out. Sorry for the delay in responding – Festivities intervened!
Many Thanks Paul
Happy New year
Please come back to me if you want any further info. We seem to have been labelled as the Lunatic Fringe of Climbers, Walkers and those strange people who actually do stuff outside, so we are happy to discuss any of the issues and even point you to both side of the argument.
You might be interested in this talk at Lancaster University on Monday 14th January at 7.30. http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/DIARY/RGSFracking.pdf entitled
Shale gas: fracking, groundwater and earthquakes, by Prof. Mike Stephenson, Head of Science (Energy), British Geological Survey
I tried to attend this lecture, but was told it was fully subscribed!
Radiation Free Lakeland ARE anti nuclear and opposed to the production of more wastes from new build. We have been opposing the diabolic dump plan since 2008
There are more petitions and info here…..
Ennerdale Protest Walk – 12:00hrs Saturday 26th January 2013
We have organised a protest walk in Ennerdale on Saturday 26th January 2013.
This is the potential route that heavy lorries and site equipment could take through the Ennerdale valley. The walk will start at Bowness Knott Carpark and continue beside the lake and end at the River Liza Delta just below Ennerdale Fell. This would be the anticipated site for the temporary Drilling HQ if seismic testing is to be carried out in MRWS Stage 5.
The closing sequences of the movie 28 Days Later (2002), directed by Danny Boyle, were filmed around the Ennerdale area and people will remember the message laid on the grass and viewed from above. We have arranged for the walk to be photographed from the air, weather permitting. It is our intention to recreate the final scene and provide footage and stills for use by the media.
The proposed walk will be a gentle stroll of 1.5miles each way and is easy enough for families and walkers of all ability. Please make sure all your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else who will listen comes along and supports this protest. We need as many people as possible to create media interest. Please pass on this email to anyone you feel is appropriate.
If you are coming please print out a poster, fix it to cardboard and a stick and carry it with you on the day. The more posters we have the better. There is an A4 single sided poster and an A3 poster in two halves which can be printed on a standard printer. The message is simple. MRWS – Stop – Stage 4
Amazingly great result! As of today, some of my faith in CCC is restored.
Lets hope you are wrong Colin, and that is the end of the issue for Cumbria.
As it says, “efforts need to be focused on disposing of the waste underground in the safest place, not the easiest”, should be the priority. Perhaps that means London clay should be back on the agenda?