URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!!!
On Wednesday the House of Lords under the Chair of Baroness Verma will be discussing in Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm the plan to push through legislation that will remove our right, and the right of Cumbria County Council, to object to burying radioactive waste underground.
They hope to do this as soon as practically possible by adding GDFs (Geological Disposal Facilities) to the list of NSIPs (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects). An NSIP would force through the what we believe to be the government’s plans to return to Cumbria in the search for a site for a GDF. This would of course deny communities the voice usually afforded to them via public enquiries.
The government hoped the Nuclear waste ‘problem’ was going to be solved by communities coming forward to volunteer to take the waste, now that plan has fallen by the wayside, the government want to impose it on us by designating it as NSIP. The hard won protections of planning permission, listed building consent, scheduled monument consent and conservation area consent amongst others are not required for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. This total lack of scrutiny will escalate should Geological Disposal Facilities be added to the already undemocratic NSIP legislation.
We hold a firm belief, that it is wrong to even consider siting a GDF in a place where the geology is irrefutably unsuitable. We also feel very strongly, that the meeting on Wednesday is key to the government’s attack on our democracy.