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30 January 2013
Cumbria County Council has voted to withdraw from the process to find a host community for an underground radioactive waste disposal facility.
Following the news that Cumbria County Council has voted to withdraw from the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely process, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), Keith Parker said:
We are disappointed that Cumbria County Council has decided not to move to Stage 4 of the MRWS process, however we respect their decision and welcome the positive vote from Copeland. This shows that the local communities are interested in hosting a GDF – as suggested by last year's Ipsos Mori poll showing a majority in favour of participating in the process.
The process to plan and implement a GDF is well defined and we are confident it will lead to a solution. In the meantime radioactive waste and spent fuel will continue to be stored safely and securely above ground for as long as necessary. The waste issue will not disappear because of Cumbria County Council's decision today, and we will need to implement a long term solution to the legacy waste issue. This cannot be left to the next generation.
The Government has been clear that they are committed to finding a long-term solution to the management of radioactive waste and we are confident that today's decision has no impact on the UK's crucial new build programme.