Anglesey nuclear dumping fears allayed


Tomos Hughes


ANGLESEY councillors and AM Rhun ap Iorwerth have moved quickly to quell fears that the island could be used as a location to store the UK’s nuclear waste.

The Committee of Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) has announced plans to hold a series of public meetings across the UK later this year, with one to be held on Anglesey.

The UK Government has recently completed a consultation on proposals to identify potential sites for the waste, and aim to publish a response later this year.

Communities across the country are being invited by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and areas which do so would receive “substantial” economic benefits.

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said: “This is quite separate from arguments for and against nuclear power generation at Wylfa newydd. This is about the threat of using Anglesey as a nuclear waste depository.

“The Labour Welsh Government says it has no opinion on this matter. Well, I have, and I'm sure Anglesey residents have, too.

"Anglesey must say a firm 'no', as Cumbria did. It is important that we speak with one voice – Anglesey will not be used as a radioactive waste dump for the test of the UK.

“I will be attending the meeting later this year to help make sure that the voices of Anglesey residents are heard on this matter.”

Anglesey County Council Leader, Councillor Ieuan Williams, said: “This Authority has never shown any interest in locating a nuclear waste disposal site on Anglesey and I can categorically state that this view will not change.”

Cllr Aled Morris Jones added: "The fact that the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is meeting on the Island later this year should certainly not be interpreted or misconstrued as a green light for dumping nuclear waste on Anglesey. Nothing could be further from the truth.” 

A DECC spokesperson said: “The safe and secure disposal of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste is a national issue and therefore potentially anywhere in England, Wales or Northern Ireland could be considered.
“We do not have a site in mind but continue to favour an approach to site selection that is based on communities’ willingness to participate.”

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