Bridgwater Times, 20 October 2007

A former Government adviser on nuclear waste is to voice his concerns over the possibility of a dump for long-living nuclear waste at Hinkley Point at a public meeting next week.

Pete Wilkinson will be speaking at a meeting organised by Stop Hinkley, the campaign group against nuclear power, at the Methodist Hall, Harbour Road, Watchet on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 30pm.

DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is currently carrying out a consultation to find suitable venues for a deep repository for nuclear waste in the country.

This follows a recommendation by the Committee on Radiological Waste Management (CoRWM) to bury the nation's most dangerous nuclear waste in a single, deep repository.

Pete Wilkinson, who was a member of the Government's advisory committee for its three-year duration, says burial is not the best way to manage the waste because there are unresolved questions over radioactive leaks and consequent health risks.

Jim Duffy, spokesman for Stop Hinkley, who is co-hosting the meeting with the local sustainability group Forum 21, said: "This is a monstrous idea getting nearer to a decision.

"I urge local people to raise their voices against burying this toxic nuclear waste in Somerset .

"Local communities will be at risk from its transportation and it is certain to pollute waterways and take lives during the thousands of years the radiation is active."



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