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Sack the Coal Boss from Govnt Advisory Role (for the Nuclear Dump!)

Mark Kirkbride Joins the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management – 2019

Listening to the talking heads on BBC going on about the coal mine today and deliberately avoiding the elephant in the room has prompted this petition calling for the sacking of the Coal boss from his role as “invaluable” Government advisor for the Nuclear Dump plans.

Government is due to make a decision on whether or not the Cumbria Coal Mine should go ahead. This would be the first deep coal mine in over 30 years. This area of the Irish Sea includes Marine Conservation Zones and other protections

The CEO of the proposed “Woodhouse Colliery” is Mark Kirkbride.

In 2019 Mark Kirkbride was appointed to the Government Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

Kirkbride’s “invaluable” role in that Committee involves: “*scrutiny and provision of advice to BEIS (Dept of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy) and RWM (Radioactive Waste Management) on activities relating to the continued development of a GDF safety case *scrutiny and provision of advice to BEIS and RWM on GDF siting activities, including selection criteria, methods of investigation, and the timescale for carrying out site selection in the three rock types *advise on new technologies that could be applicable to the development of a GDF including those in the mining and construction sectors and their potential impacts on a GDF programme”

Mark Kirkbride has recently provided costings to Government for the Delivery of a GDF (Nuclear Dump) including advice on enormous Tunnel Boring Machines from the same company (Herrenknecht) which would supply his coal mine. This is a direct conflict of interest.

Mark Kirkbride has clearly advised on the seismic blasting due to take place in July/August in the Irish Sea to “investigate” the complex geology for a deep nuclear dump. The enormous area of the Irish Sea in which the hugely damaging seismic testing would take place overlaps Kirkbride’s proposed coal mine.

We demand that Mark KIrkbride’s appointment to CoRWM is terminated. It is clear that the Government cannot take an objective decision on the Cumbrian coal mine while the CEO of said coal mine is employed by Government as an “invaluable” advisor to Delivery of a Geological Disposal Facility (Nuclear Dump). That advice has included seismic testing of the Irish Sea due to start any day. The Cumbrian Coal Mine and the Nuclear Dump Plan are Hand in Hand while Mark Kirkbride Remains as Advisor to Government. This is the dark heart of cronyism and it must stop.

  • We demand that Mark Kirkbride’s appointment to CoRWM is terminated

  • We demand that the Cronyism between Mark Kirkbride’s Coal interests and the Nuclear dump plans are investigated by an Independent Inquiry.

  • We demand a Moratorium on the Nuclear Dump (GDF) Plans

Euronews – The UK is searching the sea for a nuclear dump site and the risks to marine life are huge

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