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Council Officer's report "dangerous" say mine objectors PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 25 September 2020

west cumbriamining.pngNuclear Safety Campaigners at Radiation Free Lakeland say they are shocked at a report published yesterday by a leading Cumbria County Council officer.

Angela Jones Executive Director of Economy and Infrastructure to Cumbria County Council is advising councillors who will decide on the new coal mine project in west Cumbria.

They take the decision on October 2nd whether or not to grant permission.

The report concludes - “I am persuaded that the risks are manageable and that the benefits overall clearly outweigh those likely impacts identified.”

A spokesperson from Radiation Free Lakeland said: “We are horrified that officers have completely brushed aside our detailed report from marine expert Tim Deere Jones on the potential for radiological impacts.

“They have done this by using a comment from South Lakes Action on Climate Change that : ‘the above issues would raise even greater concern should Underground Coal Gasification be proposed which has potential for large scale subsidence that is harder to control.”

The nuclear safety campaigners say: “The report by Tim Deere Jones is specific to this planning application and specific to its unique position.

“The report details the intolerable consequences of massive new voids caused by coal mining in this specific area which includes the dangers of induced siesmicity near Sellafield as well as likely subsidence of the Cumbrian Mud Patch.

“To brush this serious nuclear issue under the carpet in this way by using the SLACC comment is utterly contemptuous of what is arguably the most serious aspect of this coal mine.

Radiation Free Lakeland note also that the officer’s report does not in any way attempt to address West Cumbria Mining’s repeated contempt for climate concerns namely “WCM does not consider that there is a requirement to assess the emissions caused by the end use of coal which is extracted from the Development”. 

Nuclear Safety Campaigners will be reading the full report in detail and will comment further but in the meantime urge west Cumbrians to lobby their councillors to defy the dangerous officer’s report and vote NO on 2nd October. 

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