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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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MPs call experts to speak on dump plans

CUMBRIA’S MPs will hear for themselves the facts about plans for a nuclear dump in the county.

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The All Party Committee of Cumbrian MPs will hear evidence from experts on the implications of a nuclear repository next month.

Sites in Copeland and Allerdale have been identified as geologically suitable for the repository. Copeland, Allerdale and Cumbria County Council have all expressed interest in hosting one.

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart said: “Very large numbers of constituents have raised concerns about safety and safety is paramount.

“Equally the nuclear industry is the backbone of the west Cumbrian economy and so we are keen to support. We would therefore like to invite representatives from both sides of the argument and have the opportunity to hear about the geology and safety of repositories and plans for nuclear expansion.”

Tim Farron, who represents Westmorland and Lonsdale, said he wants to hear from experts on both sides of the debate.

Whitehaven MP Jamie Reed said: “As a great deal of unscientific scaremongering is likely to continue then we have a responsibility to make sure that all of the credible individuals, agencies and Government departments with an interest in this issue can air their expert views.”

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