Land expert’s warning over nuclear waste
Last updated at 20:40, Thursday, 09 February 2012
About 100 people attended a lecture about why West Cumbria could be an unsuitable site for an underground nuclear waste repository.
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My opinion on this is that the repository (not dump) can only be a positive thing for Cumbria. The nuclear industry in Cumbria already provides employment for many many people, not only directly but with many other local businesses being contracted to work as part of the nuclear industry.The underground storage facility can only be safer than the current arrangements, as most of the waste is currently on the Sellafield site stored above ground (according to: http://www.westcumbriamrws.org.uk/documents/251-Draft_Opinion_Survey_Questionnaire_for_Public_Comment_6_-_20_Feb_2012.pdf). And it can only be an advantage that we know the complexity of the geology of the area now so that the necessary arrangements can be made during the design and planning to ensure that the structure and secure storage remains integral for as long as may be required. The public should not be mollycoddled into thinking that they are hearing all the facts from these biased experts that they are listening to. There are many positives to this project as well as the negatives, but if these are managed correctly the repository should be seen as an asset to Cumbria, it's residents and the economy.
I attended the lecture and found it very bias and selective with some assumptions. One been long lands was no good, even though it was not even tested as the application for a rock characterisation lab was not even agreed. Even without that for smythe to say because of this all of west Cumbria is not suitable is disingenuous. Whatever this community decides is fine but at leaste allow us to make the decision with all the facts.
I went to this lecture and found Smythes talk very biased and it conveniently avoids much of the truth about the geology of Cumbria. Whether or not we go for a deep repository, his kind of spin is not helpful as part of the argument.