Endorsement of Coal Mine Under the Cumbrian Mud Patch ?

Marianne Birkby made this Freedom of Information request to Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

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Dear Committee on Radioactive Waste Management,

We note that you appointed the CEO of West Cumbria Mining, Mark Kirkbride to CoRWM in November 2019.

This appointment sends a strong message to the public that CoRWM endorses Mark Kirkbride's coal mine under the Irish Sea just five miles from Sellafield and directly under the Cumbrian Mud Patch.

This seems at odds with your recent statement: "The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is an advisory NonDepartmental Public Body, with a remit to provide independent scrutiny and advice on the long-term management of radioactive waste. The Committee normally consists ofa Chair and 11 experts from various fields related to radioactive waste management"

My questions are:

Are CoRWM endorsing West Cumbria Mining's Irish Sea Coal Mine plan ? (the appointment of Mark Kirkbride to CoRWM strongly suggests complicity)

Which body is responsible for making sure that everything is done to ensure Sellafield's discharged wastes now on the Cumbrian Mud Patch lie as dormant as possible ( inevitably there is some resuspension from storms and tides) and not be induced to be resuspended en masse into the water column by subsidence/collapse of the Irish Sea bed.

If collapse of the Irish Sea bed occurs and decades worth of discharged reprocessing wastes including plutonium are discharged into the water column and the coasts - (airborne particles can travel 10+ miles inland) who would be responsible for this induced nuclear catastrophe?

WCM have,following four years of drilling, 4000 metres of drill core held in 851 core boxes stacked in steel crates at the former Haig Mining Museum. Will CoRWM and other bodies involved in the (premature) plan for Geological 'Disposal' of nuclear waste be using this to inform "site evaluation of a GDF?"

Yours faithfully,

Marianne Birkby

CoRWM Secretariat (BEIS), Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

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Dear Marianne Birkby,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to CoRWM on 27th October.
Please find the response to your FOI attached.

Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

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