Nuclear waste coming to Kent?

Nuclear Waste would be stored underground Credit: Shepway Council

A consultation process has been announced for a Nuclear Research and Disposal Facility at Dungeness. Nuclear waste would be buried in secure containers in deep underground vaults and tunnels. Above ground there would be a research centre.

Romney Marsh's two power stations have been major employers in the area and their decommisioning will mean a loss of up to 1,000 jobs.

Shepway District Council says it wants to offer local people the opportunity to comment on the possibility of a multi-million pound research and disposal facility there, but critics will be firmily against what they will see as a nuclear dumping ground on an area seen as an important ecological site.

Our only view is that local people should be given the opportunity to decide for themselves if it is worth discussing the idea further."

Letters have gone to homes and businesses across the Marsh and a set of local exhibitions will get underway on 24th of May.

Whether the council submits an Expression of Interest to the Department of Energy and Climate Change will depend on the feedback received.

West Cumbria has already expressed an interest.