SECRETARY OF STATE WILL NOT CALL IN COAL MINE DECISION
The nuclear safety group Radiation Free Lakeland have been opposing the coal mine under the Irish Sea since 2017 with their Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole campaign. Legal challenges from the group’s founder Marianne Birkby with law firm Leigh Day has seen the plan repeatedly delayed. In October of last year despite evidence presented on the enormous climate and nuclear impacts by various groups and experts, the amended plan received planning permission from (a no longer unanimous) Cumbria County Council. The plan however still needs to be given final planning approval by Cumbria County Council with a “Decision Notice.”
The Secretary of State had previously ordered the Council not to give final approval until his say so. In responding to the group, the Planning Casework Unit on behalf of the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP said today “I appreciate that this is not the preferred outcome for you and I understand that there will be great disappointment as a result. It is however, now for Cumbria County Council to determine this application and a copy of our letter to the Council is attached for your information.”
Keep Cumbrian Coal has been continuing with “full on opposition mode” with ongoing ‘protest jogs’ through Whitehaven and banners placed on the Haig Museum lwhich is now being used as West Cumbria Mining’s offices (the Haig Museum land and buildings were bought for just £1 by WCM. The nuclear safety group has just received confirmation that their Freedom of Information requests regarding the “expected subsidence” and resuspension of Sellafield’s radioactive wastes from the sea bed as a result of the coal mine has gone to Sellafield for internal review.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO SELLAFIELD
The question of WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE RADIOACTIVE WASTES ON THE SEA BED? has not been answered. Sellafield reply that they and other agencies are “Monitoring” the radioactive pollution. This “monitoring” is not a substitute for taking responsibility for and avoiding resuspension of decades of discharged radioactive wastes. Instead of working to avoid resuspension Sellafield is actively SUPPORTING the coal mine from which subsidence is “EXPECTED TO OCCUR”. This means that resuspension of radioactive wastes is also “EXPECTED TO OCCUR”. The public expect Sellafield and the nuclear industry to be taking full responsibility for their nuclear wastes by reducing harm not actively inviting it with support for a development which induces seismicity and subsidence. Our question of WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE RADIOACTIVE WASTES ON THE IRISH SEA BED? has not been answered by Sellafield.
From West Cumbria Mining’s own documentation:
“4.2 OFFSHORE MINING METHOD
CUMBRIAN METALLURGICAL REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT COAL PROJECT NOVEMBER 2018
Coal will be predominantly mined off shore in areas known as panels (Figure 9). These panels will typically be some 110 m wide, and can in some cases be over 1 km long, depending on the geological conditions encountered. Up to 60 % of coal within
the boundaries of a mining panel may be extracted with 40 % being left behind. It is above these panels that subsidence is expected to occur. At present, the precise location of these panels is indicative and will only truly be established during the mining operation when a greater understanding of the structural geology is gained after accessing the particular area to be mined. None of these panels will be developed under the MCZ.”
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r…