Cumbria's Nuclear Future: An Inside Out Special
Britain needs to find a site for a long-term underground store for our high-level nuclear waste. The project - more complex than the Channel Tunnel and potentially the size of a small city - is a political hot potato. In the New Year, councillors in Cumbria will decide whether to reject the option of building the store under the beautiful local countryside - or whether to agree to more work to find a geologically suitable site. No other region in Britain is now volunteering for such a controversial project. So what are the benefits and the risks that Cumbria has to weigh up? Chris Jackson reports for a special Inside Out.
The 100,000-year nuclear waste site
Arguments over nuclear waste disposal have been raging for decades, especially in Cumbria where the search continues for a site suitable for storing waste for tens of thousands of years.
Nuclear and scientific experts are disagreeing about geological issues and, combined with Cumbrian public concerns at having an underground repository for nuclear waste, the dilemma continues.
Cumbria has volunteered to consider housing waste in the county - and nationally, it is currently the only option.
But experts say the way in which site selection is being carried out is very wrong.