Location for controversial Lincolnshire nuclear waste site revealed


Location for controversial Lincolnshire nuclear waste site revealed

New details have emerged regarding a proposed location for a nuclear waste site on the Lincolnshire coast.

A former gas terminal in Theddlethorpe, was identified as the first potential location last summer.

Radioactive Waste Management confirmed it is in discussion with Lincolnshire County Council about using the former ConocoPhillips Gas Terminal as a Geological Disposal Facility.

Now an update has confirmed that the site is just one of two locations being considered for conversion into a ‘Geological Disposal Facility’ (GDF).

Maps showing where the facility could be based if the facility is built at Theddlethorpe have now been released by government agency Radioactive Waste Management (RWM).
Experts say the facility will be safe and meet environmental regulations,
But the proposal has already resulted in controversy, with locals opposing the plans and staging protests.
Speaking via Facebook, one said: “Vehicles accessing the site will need to use local B roads, which could become a risk in its self.
“They probably couldn’t of chose a more remote site. I don’t think the plans have been thought through thoroughly at all.”
Another added: “Nuclear waste cannot be ‘made safe’.
“This may not affect any of us old people, but what about future generations? Why is it going on our doorstep and not down south?”

Jon Collins, Independent Chair of the Theddlethorpe GDF Working Group, said: “We also listened to the views expressed locally, including at the face-to-face events we ran last year.

“It’s important to stress no decision has been made on whether a GDF will be built in this area.

“This is only the beginning of a long conversation over many years about what’s right for the area”.

According to RMW the multi-billion pound project would create thousands of local jobs, but the process required a community to give clear consent.

“If the community doesn’t want it, it won’t be built,” added a spokesperson for RWM.

Updates to follow.

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