No Nuclear Dump in the Lake District
This petition was started by Peter Maher, a 38 Degrees member from Cumbria
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Peter's petition text:To: Copeland, Allerdale and Cumbria County Councils
You have volunteered the Lake District as a potential site for a nuclear waste dump. Your constituents don’t want this - and scientific evidence has already concluded the area is unsuitable. We are calling on you to withdraw us from the process immediately.
Cumbria is the only council in the country still volunteering itself as a possible storage site for nuclear waste - despite scientific evidence that the area is unsuitable and opposition from the public.
The decision to explore the development of an underground store under the fells - enough to house the City of York - will be a disaster for tourism.
On 30 Jan, members of Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria councils will decide whether or not to continue with investigations into the site.
We are asking them to vote to stop for these reasons:
- A study in the early 90s found that the earth in the Lake District was not suitable for a nuclear dump. Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of Geology and regular government advisor, warns that if a dump is built, “radioactive gas [could] leak to the surface within 60 years.”
- It is unlikely to be different this time round. Former investigator Chris McDonald has expressed surprise to find West Cumbria being floated once more: "I think the probability of their finding a suitable site is low,” he said
- Further inspection into the site will cost a fortune and excavation works would put an area of outstanding beauty and scientific interest under threat
- Despite the councils' claims that a public poll showed support for their plans, there is strong public opposition to the proposal
Sellafield nuclear site, on the west coast, has been part of our community for decades and nobody wants to harm that industry and the jobs it brings. But Cumbria is not a suitable site for the dump.
Putting our names to this petition can help stop this madness – but we haven’t got long.
The Lake District in Cumbria is one of the most beautiful places in our country and an environment enjoyed by millions of people every year. Let’s act now to protect it.
More information about the campaign can be found here: www.noend.org.uk