New Minister Visits West Cumbria

New Minister Visits West Cumbria

“Decommissioning and cleaning up the site will take many decades, but I am very encouraged by the progress being made and the dedication and professionalism of everyone at the site.”

Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change

New Department of Energy and Climate Change minister Baroness Verma today called for a continued and strong focus on decommissioning at the Sellafield nuclear site as she praised the “dedication and professionalism” of the workforce on her first visit to West Cumbria.

Baroness Verma also met with Cumbrian council leaders to discuss the siting process for a geological disposal facility for nuclear waste.

Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, said:

“Visiting Sellafield really does drive home the sheer scale and size of the challenge posed by our nuclear legacy, and why we must continue to focus relentlessly on our world-leading decommissioning efforts.

“Decommissioning and cleaning up the site will take many decades, but I am very encouraged by the progress being made and the dedication and professionalism of everyone at the site.”

Commenting on her meeting with Cumbrian council leaders, she added:

“Finding a long-term and sustainable solution for dealing with our legacy of nuclear waste is absolutely vital for Cumbria, and for the country as a whole.

“It has been extremely valuable to discuss with councillors in Cumbria the work that has already been done on the issue of siting a geological disposal facility, including the recent report by the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) partnership.

“In light of Cumbria councillors’ move to defer a decision on whether to take part in the next stage of the process, I want to be clear that Government remains completely committed to a community-led and voluntarism approach. We will also work closely with the councils to provide the information and clarification they need.”

Source – http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_116/pn12_116.aspx

Advertisements

One comment

  1. Pingback: Energy & Nuclear News Article List 3rd Oct – 11th Oct 2012 « Assystem Energy & Nuclear

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s