The Government is already asking local authorities to volunteer to take nuclear waste as they consider building the next generation of nuclear power.
Professor Bruce Yardley, a geo-scientist at the University of Leeds told the BBC’s Politics Show over the weekend that Lincolnshire has been identified as a prime location for nuclear waste storage.
It’s early days and Conservative Leader of Lincolnshire County Council - Martin Hill - gave a fair response when asked for his reaction by BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
There’s obviously plusses and minuses in anything, even nuclear waste…but if it was considered something we could look at, we would still have to and would wish to consult with the local people of Lincolnshire, especially those who would be in the affected area and take their views strongly into account.Perhaps more predictably, Friends of the Earth in Lincolnshire rejected the idea out of hand. They are totally opposed to the dumping of nuclear waste underground.
FoE local spokesperson Carry Lister told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:
Nuclear waste can remain highly radioactive and dangerous for 10s of thousands of years. We cannot guarantee that a dump of this sort can safely protect that waste for that amount of time, so we cannot guarantee the safety of communities in the future.Professor Yardley admits there isn’t a single perfect site but believes Lincolnshire people need to understand it’s safer here than elsewhere.
This one has all the makings of a real hot potato...