COPELAND’s MP has come out publicly against Keekle Head being used to dispose of slightly radioactive nuclear waste.
Jamie Reed told The Whitehaven News yesterday he had told Endecom, the proposed developers, of his opposition. He has called for the former opencast coal site to be cleaned up, restored and reparations paid.
Endecom has already submitted a planning application and says it has had a favourable public response locally to its plans.
In order to free up capacity at the UK’s only designated disposal site (Drigg), the government is looking for alternatives such as landfill to bury very low levels or radioactive material.
Mr Reed said: “I understand the need for additional disposal facilities but I don’t believe these should be undertaken away from the existing areas – it makes no sense to do so.
“There is huge potential at Sellafield for development of these facilities. In the right area they could meet a real and growing environmental need and provide real local opportunities for local businesses.
“Keekle Head itself must be returned to its natural state. It is unbelievable that the site has been allowed to remain in its current state for so many years despite the best efforts of local councillors.
“There now needs to be a chasing down of the former site owners and they must be made to pay reparations to restore the site.”
The MP is offering to chair a public meeting to thrash out the issues, although he commended Endecom for undertaking the process in an honest, transparent way.
Published by North-West Evening Mail
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