Letter to The Keswick Reminder

In the article in last week’s edition headed “Radioactive waste site search is opposed by campaigners” it was stated that Cumbria Trust is an Environmental Group. This is not strictly accurate. The group was set up to provide a voice for those opposed to locating a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) beneath Cumbria where the geology is already known to be unsuitable for the safe permanent disposal of the country’s stocks of radioactive waste.  

Our safety concerns are not confined to members who oppose the nuclear industry, but also to those who support it or work in it. The disposal of waste in a GDF could well prove to be the least bad option for dealing with it but we, like many others, have no faith in the current process and suspect and fear that expediency will prove to outweigh geology at the expense of safety. 

Once a Community Partnership has been set up it will be hard to stop the process and virtually impossible for those living outside the electoral wards directly affected by any selected GDF site. The process resembles a timeshare scheme in that it’s designed to be easy to enter and difficult to leave.

Yours faithfully,

Rod Donington-Smith

For and on behalf of Cumbria Trust

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