Government Nuclear Dump Committee Defend Cronyism of Coal Mine Boss as Key Advisor

Updated: Aug 2





The following is yet another attempt to hold the Government to account over their Nuclear Dump cronyism regarding the Cumbria Coal Boss and the Deep Nuclear Dump plan. - Where is the Outrage on this blatant stitch up with such horrendous cronyism regarding nuclear waste 'disposal' to a "willing community". No matter how many other counties or areas are hauled into this diabolic process, Cumbria will always ever so quietly be the line of least resistance, and the appointment of the Cumbrian Coal Boss to the Nuke Dump Plan is the most colourful illustration of this high level contempt for Cumbria masquerading as "the right thing to do." What a shower.


Letter Sent Today...


FAO Sir Nigel Thrift, Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (tasked with providing advice to RWM on Delivery of a Geological Disposal Facility for nuclear wastes including heat generating wastes) Dear Sir Nigel Thrift, Previous questions regarding conflict of interest in the appointment of the CEO of the Cumbria Coal Mine plan to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management tasked with Delivery of a Geological Disposal Facility have been brushed aside and ignored. According to CoRWM's own directives and the 7 principles of public life any questions of conflict of interest must be resolved. Given that CoRWM are determined to protect Cumbria Coal Boss Mark Kirkbride's employment as key advisor to Government, will CoRWM ensure the following in order to provide a semblance of assurance that the spectacular conflict of interest in the appointment of Mark Kirkbride has been addressed? 1. Make a public statement that West Cumbria Mining's existing 8000m of borehole core samples (obtained during 'exploration' for coal under the Irish Sea bed) and any future borehole core samples HAVE NOT BEEN / WILL NOT BE USED for rock characterisation under the Irish Sea bed to facilitate a GDF ? Note: extended/new licences to drill research boreholes in the same subsea area as the "search area" for a GDF have been applied for. The Coal Authority are deferring to Mark Kirkbride's wishes that the new licences remain hidden from public sight (despite the forthcoming "public" inquiry). 2. Make a public statement confirming that WCM and any national or international existing or newly formed companies associated with Mark KIrkbride/WCM will be blocked from tendering for Delivery of a GDF. 3. Make a public statement confirming that Tunnels, Drifts and the Void left by WCM's coal mining activity under the Irish Sea in the vicinity of the 'possible' GDF will not be used in any way at all to Deliver a GDF. Note: This includes utilising the WCM mass void space to emplace the rock spoil left from excavation of a GDF. Rock spoil excavated from a GDF would be for example in the region of 20 million tonnes or more (depending on inventory). The rock spoil would of course include Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials from rocks up to 1000m deep. It all would have to go somewhere and Mark Kirkbride's coal mine (which only be up to 25% backfilled by WCM leaving 75% mass void space "available" ) would be attractive to GDF "delivery." If CoRWM cannot make watertight assurances on all of the above then the appointment of Mark Kirkbride should be terminated as soon as possible and a high level inquiry held into the cronyism surrounding this appointment. Note: Radiation Free Lakeland are not opposed to the concept of GDF but we are unequivocally opposed to the Governmental push to "Delivery" of a GDF. While unresolvable scientific uncertainty exists into long term underground/subsea containment of nuclear wastes and while ever more dangerous new nuclear wastes are still being produced, the ethics of "Delivery" of a GDF are intolerable. Yours sincerely, Marianne Birkby on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/ campaigns https://keepcumbriancoalinthehole.wordpress.com/ https://www.lakesagainstnucleardump.com/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2

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‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ On Friday, May 21st, 2021 at 11:18 AM, Wastwater wrote: Dear Sir Nigel Thrift, Thank you for acknowledging that there are "frustrations" surrounding the appointment of West Cumbria Mining's CEO, Mark Kirkbride to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. These concerns are compounded by Mark Kirkbride's key role in collating costings on behalf of BEIS/H.M Government for construction of a GDF. We note that CoRWM has not yet got a handle on the inventory of intermediate and high level nuclear wastes earmarked for GDF. We wonder how Mark Kirkbride can provide costings to BEIS/H.M Govnt as the size and construction of the underground areas of the GDF would, we assume, be determined by the Inventory. In October 2020 I asked questions under FOI which were brushed aside (see below). Many people are asking the same questions. On 19th May 2021 at the CoRWM Plenary, as well as once again airing concerns about the conflict of interest in Mark Kirkbride's appointment I asked specifically again about the use of the West Cumbria Mining borehole core samples in facilitating a GDF, your answer was confusing and seemed irrelevant to the question. Instead of airily brushing away conflict of interest concerns will CoRWM do the following? 1. Make a public statement that West Cumbria Mining's existing 8000m of borehole core samples and any future borehole core samples HAVE NOT BEEN / WILL NOT BE USED for rock characterisation to facilitate a GDF ? Note: extended/new licences to drill research boreholes in the subsea area adjacent to "possible" GDF have been applied for by WCM without any public scrutiny. 2. Make a public statement confirming that WCM and any existing or newly formed companies associated with WCM will be blocked from tendering for Delivery of a GDF. 3. Make a public statement confirming that Tunnels, Drifts and the Void left by WCM's coal mining activity under the Irish Sea in the area adjacent to the 'possible' GDF will not be used in any way at all to Deliver a GDF. Note: This includes utilising the WCM mass void space to emplace the rock spoil left from excavation of a GDF. Rock spoil excavated from a GDF would be for example in the region of 20 million tonnes or more (depending on inventory). The rock spoil would of course include Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials from rocks up to 1000m deep. It all would have to go somewhere and Mark Kirkbride's coal mine (which only be up to 25% backfilled by WCM leaving 75% mass void space "available" ) would be a very handy start. If CoRWM cannot make watertight assurances on all of the above then the appointment of Mark Kirkbride should be terminated as soon as possible and a high level inquiry held into the cronyism surrounding this appointment. Note: Radiation Free Lakeland are not opposed to the concept of GDF but we are unequivocally opposed to the Governmental push to "Delivery" of a GDF. While unresolvable scientific uncertainty exists into long term underground/subsea containment of nuclear wastes and while ever more dangerous new nuclear wastes are still being produced, the ethics of "Delivery" of a GDF are intolerable. yours sincerely, Marianne Birkby on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland Previous Freedom of Information Request to: Committee on Radioactive Waste Management Victoria 316-319, 3rd Floor 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET E: corwm@beis.gov.uk Marianne Birkby October 2020 27th October FOI Request Dear Marianne Birkby, Thank you for your email 27th October where you requested the following information:

  • Are CoRWM endorsing West Cumbria Mining's Irish Sea Coal Mine plan? (the appointment of Mark Kirkbride to CoRWM strongly suggests complicity)

  • Which body is responsible for making sure that everything is done to ensure Sellafield's discharged wastes now on the Cumbrian Mud Patch lie as dormant as possible ( inevitably there is some resuspension from storms and tides) and not be induced to be resuspended en masse into the water column by subsidence/collapse of the Irish Sea bed.

  • If collapse of the Irish Sea bed occurs and decades worth of discharged reprocessing wastes including plutonium are discharged into the water column and the coasts - (airborne particles can travel 10+ miles inland) who would be responsible for this induced nuclear catastrophe?

  • WCM have, following four years of drilling, 4000 metres of drill core held in 851 core boxes stacked in steel crates at the former Haig Mining Museum. Will CoRWM and other bodies involved in the (premature) plan for Geological 'Disposal' of nuclear waste be using this to inform "site evaluation of a GDF?"

Please find attached the answers to your questions below: For Question 1, West Cumbria Mining and the business interest of Mr Kirkbride, bear no influence on the remit of CoRWM. Accordingly, CoRWM has naturally taken no view of the matter raised. Further information on CoRWM can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/committee-on-radioactive-waste-management For Questions 2, 3 and 4, CoRWM does not hold the information requested. You may want to contact NDA who is responsible for Sellafield, or the relevant environmental and marine regulators, who may be able to offer a response to your questions. Appeals procedure If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original request and should be addressed to CoRWM at: corwm@beis.gov.uk. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Yours sincerely, CoRWM

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