U.K. nuclear waste plan has setback

AFP-JIJI

Britain’s plans to boost its use of nuclear energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions took a hit on Wednesday when the only region interested in hosting an underground waste dump pulled out.

The local authority in Cumbria, an area of northern England home to the scenic Lake District and the Sellafield nuclear plant, had expressed an interest in hosting a £12 billion ($19 billion) geological disposal site.

But at a meeting on Wednesday, leaders of Cumbria County Council voted against proceeding with studies into the potential dump, ending its four-year involvement in the process. Council leader Eddie Martin said: “While Sellafield and the Lake District have coexisted side by side successfully for decades, we fear that if the area becomes known in the national conscience as the place where nuclear waste is stored underground, the Lake District’s reputation may not be so resilient.”