The three Cumbrian councils involved in deciding whether a nuclear waste facility should be built in the the west of the county want clarification on a number of points before they vote.
Allerdale, Copeland and the County Council had been due to vote on whether to go through to the next stage of the process and look for a site next week. They have put off the vote until January next year.
The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership, which included the councils and other organisations in Cumbria, completed its final report in July 2012 setting out its opinions and advice on the issues that would be involved in taking part in the search for a site.
The report said ‘a lack of trust appears to us to be at the root of many of the key concerns raised by the public and stakeholders’. The group want the right to withdraw at any later stage in the process to be set in writing.
Below is a copy of the letter sent to Baroness Verma at the Department of Energy and Climate Change on behalf of all three councils.