Protestors for and against the idea of building an underground nuclear waste store in west Cumbria are demonstrating in Carlisle ahead of an historic decision by councillors.
There have been noisy protests from both anti-groups and several dozen workers representing the Sellafield Trade Unions.
County councillors will decide whether to go to the next stage of the process and try to identify a possible site.
Councillors in Copeland, where Sellafield is sited, are also making their decision this morning.
Allerdale council in west Cumbria will decide later this afternoon.
Only if the county and at least one district council decide to go ahead can the process continue.
A nuclear meeting has begun at the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven.
A representative from Ennerdale village, Lyn Walby, will address the council before the executive make their decision.
Councillors and spectators seem confident that the executive will decide to go through to the next stage of the process and look for a site to bury nuclear waste.
Councillor David Moore said:
"High level nuclear waste is already stored a mile from my house.
"It needs to go somewhere. I'm happy to go to the next stage and look at whether an underground nuclear waste store can be stored here."
Three councils will decide today whether or not they want to look at possible sites to bury high level nuclear waste in west Cumbria.
The executives of Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria County Council's cabinet will hear representations from those for and against moving forward in the process.
Allerdale and/or Copeland can only move progress to search for sites if they have the backing of the county council.
If they decide to go through in depth desk tops studies will look at whether the geology in west Cumbria is suitable.
Cumbria County Council will meet at 10am in Carlisle, Copleand at 10am in Whitehaven and Allerdale at 3pm in Maryport.
On the eve of one of the biggest decisions west Cumbria has ever faced we have the second of two special reports.
Tomorrow 24 councillors will decide whether the west of the county will look for a possible site to bury nuclear waste.
Tonight our focus turns to those who want the councils to say no. Opponents say an underground waste store would affect tourism and are concerned that it could be unsafe.
Samantha Parker reports.
It will be one of the biggest decisions in west Cumbria's history - on Wednesday councillors will decide whether the west of the county should look for suitable areas to build an underground nuclear waste store.
Tomorrow we will look at why people are opposed to going through to the next stage, but in the first of two reports Samantha Parker looks at the argument for a YES vote.
You can watch her report below.
Anti nuclear campaigners have been demonstrating outside a meeting in Carlisle where the issue of whether an underground nuclear waste store should be built in west Cumbria was being discussed.
On Wednesday three cumbrian councils will vote on whether to go through to the next stage of the process and look for a site.
Today's meeting was arranged by the Sellafield Workers union who want want the process to continue.
See below for Samantha Parker's report.
More than 16,000 people have signed an online petition against a proposed nuclear waste site in Cumbria.
Richard Parker, who is a representative of the 'NO Ennerdale Nuclear Dump' campaign group, presented the petition to Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.
Councillors, unions, Sellafield workers and government officials gathered for a seminar at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle.
The event was organised by the Sellafield Workers union to put across the argument for an underground nuclear waste store.
They are encouraging the three councils, who will decide next week whether or not to look for a possible site to go forward.
Those at the seminar were greeted by anti-nuclear protesters waving banners and handing out leaflets putting across their points of view.