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Environment Agency confident nuclear waste plan is 'safe'

The Environment Agency is asking residents for their views on the proposed expansion of a nuclear waste repository in West Cumbria:

The Environment Agency is the environmental regulator of the nuclear industry in England and is independent of government and industry.

LLW Repository Ltd wants to dispose of more radioactive waste at its site and has applied to us for an environmental permit. We will only issue a permit once we're satisfied that further disposals at the site are safe for people and the environment, both now and in the future.

We've assessed LLW Repository Ltd's environmental safety case and consider it demonstrates that future waste disposal is safe within the limits we have set.

Before we make a final decision, we want to consider the views of local people and other organisations.

We are hosting a drop-in event at Drigg and Carleton village hall on Thursday 18 June, from 11am to 7:30pm, where people can learn more about the issue and our proposed decision."

– Steve Hardy, Environment Agency's nuclear regulation group

If you are interested in learning more from the Environment Agency, or submitting a comment about the plans, you can do so here.

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Anti nuclear protest

Anti nuclear campaigners are to hold a protest this lunchtime on the opening day of 10 weeks of consultation over plans for a new power station in Cumbria.

Members of Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) will gather outside Whitehaven Civic Hall where the plans for the project at Moorside near Sellafield, are on display.

NuGen, the company behind the scheme, says it's very keen to hear the public's views and is encouraging people to have their say.

Is nuclear consultation just a box ticking exercise?

NuGen are entering into a ten-week consultation with people in West Cumbria, about the prospect of building Europe's largest new nuclear plant in the region.

Samantha Parker asked Sandy Rupprecht, the company's CEO, whether voices from the community will have any real impact on the decision:

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Nuclear power development: what do people think?

We've been asking people in Whitehaven what they think about the prospect of a nuclear power site - the largest new plant in Europe - being built at Moorside:

The response was largely positive, with people citing the potential benefits to the west Cumbrian economy.

However, there is also a large amount of opposition to the plans, and a petition called 'Stop Moorside: Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe' has more than 7,000 signatures.

Thousands sign 'Stop Moorside' petition

The petition. Credit: 'Stop Moorside'

Thousands of people have signed a petition against the proposed nuclear power plant development at Moorside, in West Cumbria.

The petition is called: 'Stop Moorside: Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe', and it currently has more than 7,000 signatures.

It reads:

We urge David Cameron and the leaders of Europe to scrap plans for Moorside.

The UK Government is planning to sell a vast area of Cumbria to the same companies responsible for the Fukushima disaster, so that they can build new nuclear reactors.

Please don't risk the safety of Europe by turning Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone."

– 'Stop Moorside'

Proposed power plant: the Moorside site

The consultation into whether to build a new £10 billion nuclear power plant in West Cumbria gets underway this weekend.

NuGen, who will develop the project, have carried out surveys at the site in Mooreside, close to the existing Sellafield nuclear power site.

They have released footage of the site survey taking place.

The Moorside site.
The location is in West Cumbria.
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