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Cumbria CC leader Bill Minto has today issued the following statement as an initial response to the house of lords ...
Cumbria CC leader Bill Minto has today issued the following statement as an initial response to the house of lords report on nuclear waste:

'This is a major report with potentially many implications for Cumbria, and a report that needs close scrutiny by this council. In general though, I wholeheartedly support the report's commitment to detailed and ongoing public involvement and consultation.

We have always said that nuclear waste disposal is a national issue and, therefore, the involvement of parliament in all stages of the process seems a natural progression of the existing arrangements. However, local authorities have a crucial role to play in considering these issues clearly evidenced by this county council's and Copeland BC's involvement in the NIREX plans for West Cumbria. That role should not be undermined as local authorities exist to reflect the views of those they represent.

Identifying sites and developing new organisations which can command widespread public support is essential. That process too must be open and transparent, a failing in the existing arrangements.

Whilst the committee suggests deep disposal may be the best way ahead this must not be pre-judged until all the facts are put before the public and their views are taken into account.

The people of this county and their representatives have considerable experience in dealing with nuclear issues and I can guarantee this council will ensure Cumbria's voice continues to be heard.'

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