Kings Cliff Dump Go-ahead 25/05/11

Plans for low-level radioactive waste disposal at a landfill site in Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead by the government. The decision for Kings Cliffe near Peterborough follows a two-year stand-off between the hazardous waste company Augean and campaigners. Some 98% of people who voted in local referendums opposed the plans. This was seen as a test case for waste companies and for the government’s proclaimed localism commitment. Augean, the waste management company, is expected to bring waste from Harwell. But locals fear that the facility could also be used for waste created at other nuclear plants such as Bradwell in Essex. Louise Bagshaw, MP for nearby Corby said the decision undermined the government’s professed commitment to localism. “We had a local referendum at the ballot box, not a petition, actual votes cast and 96% of people were against this dump. I will be asking the secretary of state why his department has taken this appalling decision.”

BBC 25th May 2011

Metro 25th May 2011

Rutland Times 25th May 2011

Guardian 25th May 2011

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