Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Economy and Finance Rhun ap Iorwerth AM has urged Local Authorities in Wales to respond to a consultation by Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) declaring clearly that Wales doesn’t welcome permanent geological waste sites, before the consultation closes on April 14th.
In a question to Welsh Government Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, Mr ap Iorwerth raised concerns of his own and those of his constituents regarding the consultation process being undertaken by RWM as they’ve been seeking a site for a Geological Disposal Facility to bury radioactive waste.
Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“Constituents of mine have raised concerns that there is an effort here by Radioactive Waste Management to move towards a less open consultation process and I also have a number of concerns regarding the consultation process.
“My main concern is that it is possible for one landowner or one business even to make an application to express interest in hosting a site for radioactive waste disposal, and I think that is totally unacceptable, especially in the context where Local Authorities may have long since said they don’t want such sites in their area, as Isle of Anglesey County Council has done.
“If a Local Authority has said they don’t want a disposal site in their area then that should be the end of the matter, and councils in Wales should be declaring clearly between now and the end of the consultation on April 14th that we don’t welcome permanent geological waste sites here in Wales.”
🗣️'If a Local Authority says they don't want a radioactive waste disposal site in their area then that should be the end of it.'
My question to @wgmin_rural today on the current consultation by Radioactive Waste Management to find a site for a Geological Disposal Facility.
— Rhun ap Iorwerth (@RhunapIorwerth) March 27, 2019