Tim Knowles, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for the environment, has condemned a decision to allow nuclear waste to be buried at a Workington dump, calling it “disappointing and disheartening”. The Environment Agency confirmed yesterday it had granted a permit for “very low-level” atomic waste to be disposed of at the Lillyhall landfill site. The move would allow the site to take radioactive materials including rubble and soil, demolition waste and clothes and gloves, mainly from Sellafield. Knowles called the decision “short-sighted”, claiming it could create a negative perception of Cumbria and even damage support for the nuclear industry locally. He says waste from Sellafield should be dealt with as close to the site as possible and not “dispersed across west Cumbria”.
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