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Nuclear waste site could be considered in Cumbria

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Cumbria could once again be considered as a site for an underground nuclear waste store.

The Government has confirmed it will launch a new process tomorrow to try to find a suitable location.

In January, amid protests by those for and against the idea, Cumbria county councillors decided not to go any further with the search.

However the two borough councils in west Cumbria had supported the idea and it is believed they could once again put their areas forward for consideration.

Full Report: Public Inquiry into nuclear waste dump

A public inquiry is investigating controversial plans to bury up to a million tonnes of low level radioactive waste in West Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council refused planning permission for the site at Keekle Head near Distington in May last year. The company behind the proposals, Endecom promptly appealed.

Endecom says there is a need for such a facility, while anti-nuclear protesters strongly oppose the idea.

Watch the full report from Ryan Dollard below.

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Plans to bury one million tonnes of low level radioactive waste in west Cumbria have gone to a Public Inquiry.

Cumbria County Council refused planning permission for the site at Keekle Head near Distington in May last year, prompting the company behind the proposals, Endecom, to appeal.

This has resulted in the Public Inquiry.

Endecom says the site is well suited and there is a need for such a facility, while anti-nuclear protesters strongly oppose the idea.

Phil Holland is from Endecom UK:

Nuclear waste dump Public Inquiry set to begin

Cumbria County Council's decision to refuse planning permission for a radioactive waste dump in west Cumbria is the subject of a Public Inquiry this week.

A number of planning consultants and council officers will be presenting evidence at the Inquiry, which will be held over an expected two-week period at County Hall in Kendal.

The application to use the Keekle Head former open cast coal mine as a site to store up to aone million cubic metres of low-level waste was turned down in May 2012.

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Full report: Protestors campaign against nuclear waste law

Anti-nuclear protesters have been demonstrating in Whitehaven against a law that allows low level nuclear waste to be dumped at a landfill site in west Cumbria.

It was introduced in 2011 but so far no such waste from outside Cumbria has arrived there.

Radiation Free Lakeland says that could change though with material coming from Scotland in particular.

It's backing local councillors in the area who oppose the plan and wants to take the issue one stage further.

Samantha Parker reports:

Nuclear storage decision stands

A group of West Cumbrian councillors today called for a reversal of the decision not to allow the underground storage of nuclear waste. At a heated meeting this afternoon they claimed there was no coherent reason for the decision.

But their plea was rejected and the decision stands - Cumbria will not bury nuclear waste. This is John Bevir's full report.

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