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Cumbria nuclear project rejected by councillors via BBC News

Plans to look for a site for a £12bn underground nuclear waste store in Cumbria have been rejected.

Cumbria County Council vetoed an advanced “stage four” search for a site for the radioactive waste facility.

The stage included detailed geological investigations and discussions over the social and economic implications.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said it was “disappointed” but the no vote would not “undermine” the long-term disposal of nuclear waste.


he decision effectively ends Cumbria County Council’s four-year formal involvement in the process to find an underground repository for high-level nuclear waste.

Council leader Eddie Martin said: “Cabinet believes there is sufficient doubt around the suitability of West Cumbria’s geology to put an end now to the uncertainty and worry this is causing for our communities.

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