RADIOACTIVE waste from across the UK could be buried up to 3,300 feet under Romney Marsh as part of controversial plans to build a £12billion disposal centre.
Shepway District Council is inviting residents to voice their opinions about a potential nuclear research and disposal facility which would have a surface size of 1km sq – the same size as the Channel Tunnel site in Folkestone.
High-level radioactive material and spent fuel would be transported into the area – dubbed the “jewel in the crown” of Shepway by some – from across the country by rail and buried at depths of up to 3,300ft deep – six times the height of the Blackpool Tower.
A specific location has not yet been identified, but it is unlikely to be near the current power station at Dungeness.
The Government wants to build a national centre and has been looking for communities to volunteer since 2008. So far only one area, in West Cumbria, has shown an interest.
SDC has stressed the plan is “nowhere near a done deal” and that it wants to listen to residents’ views, before councillors vote in September on whether a formal expression of interest should be made.
The authority has set aside £40,000 to pay for the consultation and has sent out letters to more than 10,000 homes and 650 businesses on the Marsh this week.
Speaking to the Herald at a meeting on Monday, SDC chief executive Alistair Stewart stated the council does not have a formal view on the plans and stressed it was only at the first stage of a long process.
While the creation of a waste disposal centre could create up to 1,000 jobs and includes a “community benefits package”, SDC admitted the potential risks include environmental damage, disruption and the effect on tourism, health and house prices.
Countries such as America and Sweden already have similar geological disposal facilities, while France, Belgium and Switzerland are at various stages of the planning process.
A website – www.RomneyMars hNRDF.org.uk – will be launched this day (Thursday) by SDC to encourage public submissions.
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