'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.
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.'