Augean proposal to dump radioactive waste in a landfill
The nuclear industry has a huge legacy of contaminated materials and wastes. They hope to get rid of a lot of this into a hole in the ground in Northamptonshire operated by Augean plc. Local campaigners WasteWatchers site has the background.LLRC's part in this has been to demonstrate that the radiological hazard from the site has been understated - LLRC's submission to the Environment Agency consultation.
Northamptonshire County Council refused planning consent. Augean appealed. An Inquiry was held late in 2010. The latest information we have is that the Government Minister responsible - Eric Pickles - is keeping the inspector's recommendation a secret until he announces a decision.Update 9th April 2011 by email from a local person: ... excellent result from the village referendums yesterday -in all 11 villages participated, 1 yet to. 98% voted Yes to stop the Dumping of Radioactive waste at the KingsCliffe site!The email included these news links:
Turnout was over 50%. Considering that no Proxy or Postal votes were allowed we regard this as an extraordinary result, especially given the limited time, virtually zero budgets and that it only involved volunteers.
and expert testimony given to the Inquiry, revealing the incompetence of the Environment Agency and the scientific bankruptcy of the Health Protection Agency, on whom EA relies.
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