Executive decision regarding nuclear repository

Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive has agreed to participate in the next stage of the search for a site for a nuclear repository, subject to conditions detailed in paragraph 6.2 of the agenda papers for the Executive meeting held on 31 January 2013.

The Council’s Executive met to consider the available evidence, which included the final report of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership, representations from the local community and clarifications from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Leader of the Council, Councillor Alan Smith, said: “It has been a long process to get to this stage and I thank the members of the MRWS Partnership and many others who provided information and expert opinion to help us reach a decision today.

“We have carefully considered all the necessary facts, evidence and assessments in coming to our decision. This is not a commitment to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) but it is an agreement to seek further information at this stage to enable a more informed decision to be taken later on.

“Whether or not to continue in the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) process was always going to be a landmark decision, which is why it had to be a carefully considered one.

“We have now decided, after much consideration, that Allerdale should continue to participate, with conditions, in the search for a site for the nuclear repository and we hope that decision will be respected.

“Allerdale Borough Council is a decision making body in its own right in accordance with the Government White Paper.

“We are committed to examining all facts, information and assessments carried out as part of the partnership and to subsequently make a decision based on those facts.

“Given the County Council’s decision, we now need to better understand the reasoning behind their decision which we will look into in due course. In the meantime we will inform the Government of our decision.”

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