The response re-affirms that our local council are unable to support the inclusion of Oldbury on the list of suitable sites.
See http://www.southglos.gov.uk/_Resources/Publications/PTE/11/0200/PTE-11-0011 to download a full copy of the response.
We are particularly delighted to read the Council "is unable to support the inclusion of Oldbury on the list of sites for new build nuclear facilities in the NPS." They have also pointed out that "the NPS’s are framed in a way that the national need for electricity will always override local and cumulative impacts.There is a concern that, once a site is on the NPS list, it will be developed whatever the scale of impact revealed through subsequent and more detailed assessments."
On waste the council have pointed out that the Govt's plans for a GDF are far too uncertain:
"The Council notes that a key plank of the Government’s proposals for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel is the provision of a central Geological Disposal Facility. To expedite and oversee this, the Government has established a Geological Disposal Implementation Board chaired by the Minister of State for Energy. The remit of the group is to help establish a robust delivery programme for a disposal site that would take waste from both legacy and new build nuclear sites. The inaugural meeting of this group was held on 30 November 2010."
The approach being taken to the identification of a disposal facility is based on ‘volunteerism’. Although it is recognised that the West Cumbria Partnership is engaged with the process, the Council considers that there can be no presumption that a community will continue to wish to volunteer and, therefore, no guarantee that the Government’s expectation that such a facility will come on stream in 2040 will be met.
The underpinning approach to high level waste disposal is that legacy (i.e. existing and decommissioning stations) and new build sites will host ‘interim’ storage. In reality this is storage for many generations – up to 160 years - and although the government says that this could be significantly reduced, there is no certainty of this."