Letter to government re MRWS decision

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For information. This piece was first posted at the end of January 2013.

Councillor Elaine Woodburn

Following the decision taken on Wednesday 30 January regarding MRWS, Councillor Elaine Woodburn, the Leader of Copeland Borough Council and Councillor Alan Smith, the Leader of Allerdale Borough Council have today sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The letter requests an urgent meeting with the government following yesterday's decisions on whether to move to the next stage of the government's MRWS process and the county council's decision not to proceed to the next stage of the process.

The letter has also been copied to David Cameron, Prime Minister.

Councillor Elaine Woodburn, the Leader of Copeland Borough Council said:"I would like to personally thank Cllrs Tim Knowles, Anne Burns and Oliver Pearson, who yesterday took a difficult decision which recognised the scale of the issue facing West Cumbria. The remaining cabinet members at the county council took the easy option to bow out of the process. However, sadly this does not change the fact that we still have the problem of nuclear waste to deal with, and that over 70% of the waste that would have gone into a repository is already located, above ground, in Copeland."

"Stage four of the MRWS process would have looked at the geological suitability of the area, to help answer the question of whether Copeland or Allerdale could even host a facility. I am surprised that the county council felt that they couldn't move to this stage because of concerns over the geology. Any considered person would assume that the way to address these concerns would be to seek the answers rather than avoid the issue."

"Because of this, we have requested an urgent meeting with the government to understand how we can address this problem, which remains in West Cumbria."

Go to the letter (pdf)

Published: 1 February 2013 - 1:51pm