Nuclear waste store search gains Cumbrian public's backing
Published at 11:11, Tuesday, 22 May 2012
A new survey shows Cumbrians want a search to be carried out to find a suitable site for burying highly radioactive nuclear waste in the west of the county.
Have your say
The only thing that should matter regarding the underground waste store is the geology. If the geology in west cumbria is found to meet the specifications then why not have it? it will be a lot safer than where it is now above ground at Sellafield. If the geology is found to be unacceptable then at least we will know and be able to start looking elswhere. It is not really an option to leave it above ground for the next few tens of thousands of years so the store must be built somewhere.
Posted by Joe on
28 May 2012 at 21:02
I agree with me, might aswell take the cash for a hole in the ground, put enough concrete over it and itll be reet, we will probly have nuked ourselves out of existance by the time this stuff would ever be a problem anyway!
Posted by Tony on
28 May 2012 at 12:12
When will everybody realise that this waste is currently sitting in above-ground stores at Sellafield? Let's take the 'community benefits' package, which will amount to billions of pounds over the next few years - look at how much NMP currently dole out - rather than just be stuck with the waste without the money!!
Posted by Me on
26 May 2012 at 19:26
It is a fix, and as for the 'silent majority' wanting this hole in the ground, why cant you understand, one, we have not been asked, the 68% is a lie, and two, why would you want highly active waste put under the ground when the geology of the area is unfit... that is just STUPID.
Posted by Clive on
26 May 2012 at 15:09
the only ones that want it is the people working for them. i can clearly say i dont want it i think more of my health than money.
Posted by andy cap on
25 May 2012 at 08:02
This is good news for West Cumbria, our area was built on new technology and industry in the 1800s and we need to maintain our connection with leading technologies. Tourism does play a part in our economy and mountain views are grand but they don't generally provide well paid, permanent jobs or help keep the "lights on".
Those protesters who ar claiming "it's a fix" should realise that, the usually silent, majority in West Cumbria realise that we have been part of the nuclear world for more than 60 years and continuing to do so will help bring more prosperity, improve the infrastructure and give a future to our brightest kids in their home area. Bring it on!!
Posted by Ted on
24 May 2012 at 19:38
as an ex-pat of west Cumbria, I think a high level nuclear waste dump (that is basically what it will be) will be the final nail in the coffin of west Cumbria. The supposed benefits suggested by the current band wagon will never happen. If there were real benefits, then they would already be available. But look at the state of the infrastucture of Cumbria as a whole. Is that sufficienbt to attract new jobs to the county? NO! The only jobs will be on the coonstruction phase and most of those skills will be imported from the rest of Britain. Hpway, Cumbrians, Sstand up for your long term health and that of your descendants and say NO.
Posted by Orange peel on
24 May 2012 at 16:54
It would be a useful to clarify some of the information and misconceptions about the pros and cons of the construction of the proposed nuclear waste repository. For instance, the assumption that a fair number of jobs would be created locally is a case in point. This might be true in the later stages, but initally the majority of the workforce would be highly trained contractors' employees, because of the skills necessary in such a massive operation. If the repository had been considered thirty years ago, there would not have been such a problem, as at that time there were hundreds of redundant coal and iron ore miners in West Cumberland with the ability and experience needed to undertake such a formidable project successfully. Then there is the question of the financial benefits which will accrue to the communities concerned -- if the present disastrous economic situation of our country hasn't improved, it would be difficult to see where any hand-outs would come from. Finally, it would be interesting to know how long it will take for the buried nuclear waste to reach the end of its toxic life-span. Various figures have been quoted, most of them rather vague and usually in terms of several thousand years. Iâve recently read an article which suggests that a form of nuclear waste called plutonium--239 has a half-life of over 24,000 years. which means that it will be dangerous for a quarter of a million years. Rather awe-inspiring to my non-scientific mind, but then the earth-scientists tell us that a mere five thousand years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, Great Britain was attached to the European continent and the English Channel was still in the process of formation. Enough already !
Posted by assamarra on
24 May 2012 at 15:59
Kent and Essex have already refused any commitment to the waste, I wonder why.
Posted by Ian on
24 May 2012 at 06:59
Surprise! The poll "shows broad support" for a nuclear dump in Cumbria â€“ Â£100 an hour MRWS spin doctors have made sure this is broadcast far and wide, whilst the democratic and unanimous NO vote of 75% of Parish Councils are unreported on in the national press and brushed aside like so much flotsom.