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Council to consider notice of motion on radioactive waste

COUNCILLORS in Swansea are set to challenge any possibility that a radioactive waste facility is located in the Swansea area.

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An emergency notice of motion set for debate at Full Council on February 28, calls on Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) to back off staging a consultation event about the idea in Swansea next month.

Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said: "We are very concerned about the implications of RWM plans to stage a meeting here about potential locations in the Swansea Bay Area where they might be able to create a dump for radioactive waste.

"As a UK government agency that works for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy we are surprised the council did not get a courtesy call from RWM to let us know it intended to stage a consultation meeting in Swansea about the idea of locating this kind of waste facility near our communities.

"From the reaction of local residents online and in the media, it's clear to us there's a strong consensus building across South West Wales that nuclear waste in our midst is not going to be welcome."

The Notice of Motion acknowledges that the area has not been identified as a possible site, but adds there is widespread public disquiet that a public meeting to consider locating two sites in Wales is being staged in Swansea.

It says: "The Council strongly objects to the proposal from Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), to hold a consultation event in Swansea and is disappointed that this decision was made without consulting or informing Swansea council of its intent.

"The Council objects to the establishment of any Geological Disposal Facility within the City and County of Swansea."

If approved, the Emergency Notice of Motion would call on the Leader of the Council to write to the Prime Minister and to the Welsh Government to register the council's opposition to the siting of a Geological Disposal Facility for nuclear waste in the Swansea Council area.

It would also allow the Council to join forces with any other Welsh or UK council to object to the proposals.

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