Radioactive Waste Consulation

In January 2013 the Government’s plans to undertake preliminary work on an underground radioactive waste dump were rejected by Cumbria county council. The county and its western district councils Allerdale and Copeland were the only local authorities in the UK still involved in feasibility studies for a £12bn disposal facility. Cumbria’s cabinet voted 7-3 against research continuing.

In June 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issued a short consultation seeking “lessons learned” from the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) process in order to consider how to take the policy forward, after Cumbria’s decision.

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities response to that consultation can be found here.

DECC published over 180 other responses to which can be found here

Having considered these responses DECC has now launched a new consultation on how to take forward the MRWS policy. The consultation document – and the questions asked in it – can be found here.


To help with your response have a look at the following:

Professor Andrew Blowers has produced a discussion paper for the DECC/NGO Forum called “Management of Radioactive Waste – Issues for Consideration”. This is available here. ANDREW_BLOWERS_GDF_Siting_Consultation_Sept._2013

A short briefing on the consultation by a group of anti nuclear waste dumping activists is available here: BRIEFING_DECC_Siting_Consultation_1_NOV_2013

And the NFLA’s response is available here.


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