Presentation on theme: "MRWS Partnership. Disposal will happen - in Cumbria! The impression given is that disposal in Cumbria is a 'done deal' Transcripts of meetings around."— Presentation transcript:
Disposal will happen - in Cumbria! The impression given is that disposal in Cumbria is a 'done deal' Transcripts of meetings around the country present a relatively rosy view of the situation Discussions by MRWS partnership e.g. re. operation of a GDF – are they too preemptive?
Fixed Unit Price & Funding issues What could Fixed Unit Price tie the MRWS into? Is it Pre-emptive of MRWS process? Once decided it is 'fixed' for all time Public and local authorities locked out of final discussions Forces co-disposal of legacy and new build wastes No benefits package included in modelling - yet it will add to burden in terms of (unknown) inventory and over time Funding overall seems a little discussed issue – yet not certain either for R&D or GDF development or MRWS processes and communities
Planning – who has the final say? To date – voluntarism as the basis of involvement Planning in hands of Cumbria and local councils Changes being proposed – National Policy Statement and IPC process Clear from questions and answers to Energy and Climate Change Committee and PQ that views changing
Involvement of environmental NGOs ? Questions about what the Partnership process really is: Requirement for new build Could be a case of ‘policy drift’ Dominated by a view favourable to the nuclear industry
Involvement of environmental NGOs? What would be the purpose of NGO involvement? What different models of involvement already exist? How open is the Partnership to critique? Rigour of argument is not the same as public acceptance