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NuGen to host 28 public exhibitions as public consultation moves forward

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NuGen have announced they will host 28 public exhibition events across Cumbria, as part of the public consultation on the Moorside Project.

The Moorside Project involves plans to build a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria, and residents close to the proposed site will receive newsletters next week.

NuGen have had problems with their public consultation lately, after misleading letters were posted to West Cumbrian residents that led some fear they were receiving compulsory purchase orders.

In addition to the consultation events, NuGen’s continuous exhibition at the Moorside Information Centre, Whitehaven Civic Hall, will be open between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday throughout the consultation period.

NuGen’s Planning Lead in Cumbria, Fergus McMorrow, said:

The first of the 28 events will be held in Whitehaven on the 14th May and over the next 11 weeks we will move around the county - from Carlisle in the north to Barrow-in-Furness in the south. It is extremely important that everyone gets an opportunity to come and have their say about the Moorside Project.

– Fergus McMorrow

New Sellafield owners take over clean up operation

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken over the running of the Sellafield site's clean up operation in a non-commercial contract.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken over the running of the site from today. Credit: British Nuclear Group/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The site had been owned by private sector consortium Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) which was previously criticised for large overspends and long delays.

The change will allow Sellafield Ltd to progress its hazard and risk reduction and decommissioning, in order to deliver it more efficiently.

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WATCH: "Most significant stride ever" in Sellafield clean-up

Sellafield Ltd says it's taken its "most significant stride ever" in the 100 year mission to clean up the nuclear site.

Workers have removed historic nuclear fuel rods from the site's waste ponds cutting radioactivity levels in them by over two thirds. The operation has also brought forward the projected date for draining the pools completely by around twenty years. Ryan Dollard reports.

Moffat named Europe's first 'Dark Sky' town

Moffat. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfries and Galloway town has become the first in Europe to secure Dark Sky status.

£240,000 has been spent changing lightbulbs in the streets of Moffat to reduce the amount of light pollution, making it easier to see the stars and supporting local wildlife.

It's hoped the project will be extended across the region.

It's an achievement to have the Dark Sky status and it's a good investment because actually, it actually saves the council money in the long term."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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New nuclear waste machine arrives at Sellafield

It was transferred through Beckermet. Credit: ITV Border

Part of a machine which will play a crucial role cleaning up the most hazardous building at Sellafield has arrived on site.

The 50-tonne component was transferred three miles by road from Beckermet.

It will retrieve radioactive waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage facility.

Peebles earthquake - did you feel it?

The epicentre of the earthquake was 2km below the earth's crust Credit: Google Maps

The British Geological Survey reported an earthquake that registered at 1.4 on the Richter scale near Peebles yesterday lunchtime. The epicentre of the quake was two kilometres below the earth's surface. No substantial damage has been reported.

The largest ever earthquake recorded in the British Isles was at Dogger Bank in 1931 - it clocked in at 6.1 on the Richter scale. Though it was 60 miles offshore, it was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.

Bishop opens new hydro-power plant in Cumbria

The Bishop of Carlisle opened the new plant. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's latest hydro-power plant has been opened, with an unusual ceremony by the Bishop of Carlisle.

The facility at Rydal in the Lake District, cost £2 million and will power the nearby Conference Centre and up to 400 homes.

The Carlisle Diocese provided a third of the funding for the project, and the Bishop of Carlisle says it underlines the church's commitment to supporting green energy.

We're delighted that everybody who's worked on this project has been from Cumbria and so we hope that it's avery significant project in economic terms which has benefitted the economy of the whole county."

– Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle
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