Between 2009 and 2013 Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, and Cumbria County Council were in discussions with the Government about potentially hosting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). We were one of the members of the partnership which gathered and considered information about the facility and the process.
In January 2013 the decision was taken by Cumbria County Council to not proceed with investigations for a Geological Disposal Facility in West Cumbria, and the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely process came to an end.
In spring 2018 Government undertook two consultations on Working with communities - implementing geological disposal, and a National Policy Statement for geological disposal infrastructure.
We are pleased Cumbria County Council recognises the importance of the National Park's integrity and contribution to the Cumbrian economy and understand their reasoning for withdrawal from the process. We also understand and respect the decision from Copeland Borough Council.
We now need to turn our attention to making sure the Lake District National Park is a key economic driver for West Cumbria as well as the county at large, capitalising on its unique qualities, nationally and internationally.
Please go to the West Cumbria: Managing Radioactive Waste Safely website (opens in new window) for more details.