A GDF has to be built deep underground, in solid rock. The rock along with several other engineered barriers plays an important part in keeping people and the environment safe while the waste naturally becomes less radioactive. The Working Group has now identified two Search Areas in Copeland, that Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) could investigate as part of the Community Partnerships.
No areas which fall within the Lake District National Park or 2019 extension proposal will be considered to host a GDF.
No areas which fall within current or future coal mines will be considered to host a GDF.
The Working Group has recommended that RWM’s investigation initially focuses on the deep geology within the inshore area up to 22km beyond the coast.
As part of the process to identify a suitable site for a GDF within a willing community, RWM has undertaken initial discussions with four interested parties which each proposed an area of interest in Copeland. RWM carried out initial evaluations for each area proposed to determine if they have any potential to host a GDF. For a description of GDF siting terms, read here.
Following the formation of the Working Group, two Search Areas have been identified by the Copeland GDF Working Group and RWM have completed further Evaluations for each Search Area identified to determine if they have potential.
Mid Copeland Search Area includes the electoral wards of Gosforth & Seascale and Beckermet.
South Copeland Search Area includes the electoral wards of Millom and Black Combe & Scafell.
RWM has concluded there may be potential to host a GDF in the identified Search Areas.
The results of these evaluations are available below.
Further work will be required to establish if a GDF could be safely constructed and operated. A period of detailed investigations will be required to narrow down any possibilities within this area and confirm suitability.
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