FAO Baroness Bryony Worthington
23 February 2015
Dear Baroness Worthington
I understand you will be examining the Government’s draft statutory instrument :
Draft Infrastructure Planning (Radioactive Waste Geological Disposal Facilities)
Order 2015in The Moses Room, 3.45pm, Wednesday 25th February.
The Government proposals have received considerable criticism from a range of NGOs, Friends of the Earth included, while they were being drawn up. You would not gather this from the draft instrument put forward by DECC. I very much doubt Baroness Verma will convey this to peers when she speaks to support the draft SI on Wednesday.
Please could you consider at least reading onto the House of Lords Parliamentary Record the green NGO opposition to this draft instrument, so future generations can see from the Parliamentary Record that those voluntary groups tried to oppose – but were totally ignored – this highly misguided proposal, which will result in the virtual elimination of any future examination of this plan for long term subterranean nuclear waste management, both in Parliament, and in any local planning inquiry.
Aside from other consequences, this will create a massive democratic deficit in future.
Dr David Lowry
NGO representative on SOS Energy and Climate change’s Geological Disposal
(currently in cold storage as the SOS ED Davey declines to receive advice from the Board)
member, Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates
0208 393 4679