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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.

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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.

Sellafield announce £50m contract

Sellafield Ltd Credit: Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd has announced that it has awarded a new contract, which could rise in value to £50m, to Metalcraft.

The company will produce high-integrity stainless steel storage containers for nuclear waste.

These will be used for the storage of Sellafield's historic nuclear waste.

Sellafield says Metalcraft has committed to a new facility in West Cumbria, and will generate new jobs, apprenticeships and training development.

This announcement demonstrates our total commitment to ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer and securing a package of benefits to the communities in which we operate, from the annual £1.95bn annual expenditure on Sellafield.

We recognise that how we work with our supply chain can and should play a fundamental part in supporting socio-economic growth and ensuring that we remain the backbone of the community.

Our investment in education, skills and infrastructure must be felt in West Cumbria and the wider UK economy."

– Paul Foster, Sellafield Ltd Managing Director

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New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.

Cost of decommissioning Sellafield nearly £50 billion

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has released a report estimating that it could cost nearly fifty billion pounds to decommission the site at Sellafield over the next 100 years.

The authority say that while this is a six billion pound increase upon last year's figure,

"...It was always the case that cost estimates for the complex projects associated with decommissioning Sellafield’s historic waste facilities would increase as these projects mature and our understanding increases."

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