Extra monitoring vow for nuclear waste site

Kings Cliffe villagers march in protest at radio active waste being dumped at a nearby landfill site
Kings Cliffe villagers march in protest at radio active waste being dumped at a nearby landfill site
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A pledge has been given that extra monitoring will be carried out at a low-level nuclear waste dump in the north of the county.

The assurance was given by MP Bob Neill, minister responsible for planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government, following a meeting with Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch.

Since an appeal against plans to allow Augean to dispose of waste at the site in King’s Cliffe was lost in the High Court in January, the MP has been calling for better monitoring of the site.

At the meeting on Wednesday, which was attended by officers from the Environment Agency, additional monitoring of soil and water samples, as well as other tests, were agreed.

Mrs Mensch said: “I’m pleased to say that monitoring of the site, above and beyond that which is required, has been secured. Monitoring will be provided by the Environment Agency, with both consignments and compliance being checked. The meeting with the minister was very constructive, and he has agreed to write to me in order to outline the specifics of the additional monitoring available at King’s Cliffe.

“While the approval of this site was not welcome locally, this offers an assurance to local people.”

Louise Bowen-West, who challenged the decision to allow the waste to be dumped at King’s Cliffe at the Appeal Court on behalf of the community, said it is important that monitoring is carried out by an independent body.

She said: “We have been told by the Environment Agency that a day of monitoring will be carried out in April. This needs to be done on an on-going basis.”

Augean started taking deliveries of low-level waste at the King’s Cliffe site in December. It includes watchmakers’ powder paint used to create luminous dials and materials from decommissioning.