The Committee who advise Radioactive Waste Management on this plan for Geological Disposal of Heat Generating Nuclear Wastes has 11 members – one of them is the CEO of West Cumbria Mining . The Site Selection Expert for Radioactive Waste Management is Steeve Reece who was Head of Operations at West Cumbria Mining. Revolving Doors.
PRESS NOTICE SENT OUT YESTERDAY to local and national press…. nada response so far from follow up phone calls
“Based on the review of readily available information relating to the Value for Money Siting Factor, RWM has concluded that the Area of Interest has potential to host a GDF”. INITIAL EVALUATION REPORT: Ghyll Scaur Quarry and associated coastal plain together with the adjacent inshore area”
The “Area of Interest” stated for the above ground nuclear sprawl of a Geological Disposal Facility is Ghyll…
June 21st 2017 “C’mon Fellow Greenies...There are just five weeks to go before Cumbria County Council (the most obsessively pro-nuke in the UK) rubber stamp the application – and hey presto, we’ll have a brand new coal mine just a few miles from one of the world’s most polluted and toxic nuclear sites…..” Jonathon Porritt
Wow, thats a great shout -out from BIG-GREENIE Jonathon Porritt on his blog. All the big voices are bound to leap into action against the coal mine now….”
There is some Good News from the Secretary of State : “in exercise of his powers under Article 31of the Town and Country Planning(DevelopmentManagement Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Secretary ofState hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this applicationwithout specific authorisation. (but they can refuse it) “
Councillors must vote NO tomorrow. If they don’t, if they continue to ignore all the overwhelmimgly damning evidence and vote yes, it is likely that there would be a public inquiry. Will the Council be on the wrong side of history.?
The following letter has been sent to press. It written by a founder of Radiation Free Lakeland, Anita Stirzaker.
Having spoken myself yesterday to a BBC producer who said he was ‘not interested in the nuclear aspect’ of the mine – I am sharing this letter here with permission from Anita.
Back in 2015 Cumbria County Council’s Planning Officers gave the go ahead under “permitted development”for West Cumbria Mining to carry out “exploratory borehole drilling” onshore and offshore in the St Bees area, there was “no planning permission necessary”.
Of the boreholes West Cumbria Mining said“The boreholes will pass through the fault zones and allow the geologists to collect information on the extent of the faults which is used in the mine design as the drift tunnels will need to pass through these fault zones in order to establish the mine. As the boreholewill also pass through the…
Nuclear and Climate Concerns Brushed Under the Carpet in Officers Recommendation to Approve Cumbrian Coal Plan
Nuclear Safety Campaigners at Radiation Free Lakeland are shocked at the report published yesterday by Angela Jones Executive Director of Economy and Infrastructure to Cumbria County Council. In advising Councillors who will take the decision on October 2nd whether or not to grant permission, the report concludes that “I am persuaded that the risks are manageable and that the benefits overall clearly outweigh those likely impacts identified”.
A spokesperson from Radiation Free Lakeland said: “we are horrified that Officers have completely brushed aside our detailed report from marine expert Tim Deere Jones on the potential for radiological impacts. They have used a comment from South Lakes Action on Climate Change that : ‘the above issues would raise even greater concern should Underground Coal Gasification be proposed which has potential for large scale subsidence that is harder to control.”
The nuclear safety campaigners say “The report by Tim Deere Jones is specific to this planning application and specific to its unique position. The report details the intolerable consequences of massive new voids caused by coal mining in this specific area which includes the dangers of induced siesmicity near Sellafield as well as likely subsidence of the Cumbrian Mud Patch. To brush this serious nuclear issue under the carpet in this way by using the SLACC comment is utterly contemptous of what is arguably the most serious aspect of this coal mine.
Radiation Free Lakeland note also that the Officers report does not in any way attempt to address West Cumbria Mining’s repeated contempt for climate concerns “WCM does not consider that there is a requirement to assess the emissions caused by the end use of coal which is extracted from the Development”.
Nuclear Safety Campaigners will be reading the full report in detail and will comment further but in the meantime urge people to lobby their own councillors to urge the Development Control and Regulation Committee members to defy the dangerous Officers report and vote NO on 2nd October. They can also be contacted direct here.
February 2017 Copeland By-Election – ALL parties say they are “A Big Fan of the Coal Mine.” Irish Sea Methane Leak in September due to West Cumbria Mining “exploratory boreholes” for which the County Council Planning Officers said there was ‘no planning permission necessary’.