Government hunting 'willing host community' for burial site
Meetings are to be held in Wales next month as part of the search for a site in which to bury the country's most dangerous radioactive waste.
People in two areas - Swansea and Llandudno - are to be consulted as part of the Government-run Radioactive Waste Management's hunt for "a willing host community" where the lethal stockpile can be buried hundreds of metres underground over decades to come.
There are also meetings in eight areas of England as the government hunts for a single location to bury the lethal waste.
The waste, which has been accumulating from nuclear power stations over the last 60 years, is to be transferred from specially-engineered containers where it is currently building up to a subterranean Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) where it can be left forever.
The government's official line is that no location has been chosen and that any site will only be picked if a community is willing.
Radioactive Waste Management, a company, is holding a number of meetings throughout the UK to find residents’ views on whether communities are willing to see radioactive waste buried hundreds of metres below the ground. Communities will be eligible for millions of pounds should they say yes.
Mrs Davies, the Welsh Conservative AM for South Wales West, has spoken out against Swansea being chosen and is urging residents and other politicians to do the same.
“Personally I am horrified by the thought of this. One reason I am opposed to fracking is the honeycomb, post-mining nature of the land in my region of South Wales West. The prospect of burying nuclear waste here where we have so many water courses cannot be sensible.
“While Swansea is just one of the sites being looked at across the whole of the UK. I encourage residents and businesses make their views well known on this so that Radioactive Waste Management know their waste is not welcome here.”
A public meeting in being held in Swansea on Tuesday 12th March 2019 and Mrs Davies is urging as many people as possible to register to attend the event so they can get more information and have their say.
“It is crucial that we all make out views known on this.
“Swansea and the surrounding area, part of which is an AONB of course, attract tourists each year.
“Even if this waste may be safe, I don’t want Swansea’s residents or its economic future being harmed by long-lasting worries about future contamination.
Even though communities that accept the waste will get paid for it, there is no telling how much reputational damage this could do to Swansea.”
Mrs Davies also hit out at Welsh Government for opening the door to these kinds of applications.
“As far back as 2015, and without any fanfare, Welsh Government announced that they supported the ‘disposal for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste.’
“Despite Welsh Government’s apparent support for this kind of dumping, I hope we can all make sure this doesn’t come to Swansea.”