The first phase of public consultation over plans for an underground nuclear dump in Cumbria has ended. Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria county councils have all expressed an interest in being involved in the process to find a suitable site to bury the country’s high-level atomic waste – the only authorities in England to do so. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership (MRWS) was set up to consult the public over the issue. It organised drop-in sessions, sent out information packs, collected comments and answered questions. It will now collate the data received during the process and will publish its findings later in the spring. It will then advise the three councils whether or not they should remain involved in the process. The public will then have another chance to say what they think, probably this autumn, before any decisions are taken.
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