West Cumbria Mining Connections to Geological Disposal Facility

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Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,

Is the Critical National Infrastructure of a Geological Disposal Facility subject to Standing Notice No 4 ?

Has an instruction been given to editors on the appointment by BEIS of CEO of West Cumbria Mining to CoRWM?

Yours faithfully,

Marianne Birkby

Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Ms Birkby,
 
Thank you for your e-mail requesting information on whether my
organisation has issued any 'D' Notices concerning

* the inclusion of a Geological Disposal Facility within the Critical
National Infrastructure register

and 

* an instruction to editors in connection with the appointment by B EIS
of CEO of Westy Cumbria Mining to CoRWM

First, I can confirm no Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Notice
(formerly 'D' notice) has been issued in connection with the appointment
by BEIS of CEO of West Cumbria Mining to CoRWM.  Appointments to any
public or private body fall outside the remit of the DSMA Notice System.
On the matter of whether or not a Geological Disposal Facility falls
within the CNI register, I have to confess that I do not know.  I do not
believe it does but before I answer your first question definitively, I
shall make inquiries to find out and will let you know on a separate
email.
As you may already know, the aim of the DSMA Notice System is to prevent
inadvertent public disclosure of information that would compromise UK
military, counter-terrorist and intelligence operations, methods, or
capabilities; put at risk the safety of those involved in such operations;
or lead to attacks that would damage the critical national infrastructure
and/or endanger lives. The system is voluntary, it has no legal authority
and the final responsibility for deciding whether or not to publish or
broadcast rests solely with the editor or publisher concerned.
 
DSMA Notices are issued by the DSMA Committee.  This is an independent,
advisory body composed of senior civil servants representing government
departments concerned with national security and media representatives,
including editors of national and regional newspapers, periodicals, news
agencies, broadcasters, digital news, and book publishers.  The DSMA
Committee is supported by a Secretariat of civil servants funded by the
Ministry of Defence.
 
The five standing DSMA Notices are listed on the website (www.dsma.uk).
 The DSMA Committee Secretariat offers advice to editors and journalists
on specific matters, often following their requests for advice, and if
necessary, may occasionally issue specific DSMA Notice advice in a letter
to editors.
 
Although as a non-public body the DSMA Committee is not subject to the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002, it is committed to practising a policy of maximum disclosure
consistent with its aim of preventing the inadvertent public disclosure of
information that would compromise UK national security; and that the
subsequent advice is sought and given in confidence.  Please see
www.dsma.uk for more information on the DSMA-Notice System.
 
I hope this helps.  I do not know how long it will take me to clarify the
Geological Disposal Facility matter but I estimate I should be in a
position to reply within a week.
Kind Regards,
Geoffrey Dodds
 
Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory
Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 0754 016 3698 |
[DSMA request email] | www.dsma.uk

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From: Marianne Birkby <[FOI #743162 email]>
Sent: 31 March 2021 19:50
To: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - West Cumbria Mining Connections
to Geological Disposal Facility
 
Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,

Is the Critical National Infrastructure of a Geological Disposal Facility
subject to Standing Notice No 4 ?

Has an instruction been given to editors on the appointment by BEIS of CEO
of West Cumbria Mining to CoRWM?

Yours faithfully,

Marianne Birkby

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Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Ms Birkby,
Further to Geoffrey Dodds' email of 1 April this is a quick note to
reassure you that we have not forgotten your query and are still seeking
advice. Geoffrey, or another member of the team, will be in touch again as
soon as we are able to answer the remaining question.
Very Best Wishes

Jon Perkins

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From: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Sent: 01 April 2021 13:07
To: Marianne Birkby <[FOI #743162 email]>
Cc: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - West Cumbria Mining
Connections to Geological Disposal Facility
 
Dear Ms Birkby,
 
Thank you for your e-mail requesting information on whether my
organisation has issued any 'D' Notices concerning

* the inclusion of a Geological Disposal Facility within the Critical
National Infrastructure register

and 

* an instruction to editors in connection with the appointment by B EIS
of CEO of Westy Cumbria Mining to CoRWM

First, I can confirm no Defence and Security Media Advisory (DSMA) Notice
(formerly 'D' notice) has been issued in connection with the appointment
by BEIS of CEO of West Cumbria Mining to CoRWM.  Appointments to any
public or private body fall outside the remit of the DSMA Notice System.
On the matter of whether or not a Geological Disposal Facility falls
within the CNI register, I have to confess that I do not know.  I do not
believe it does but before I answer your first question definitively, I
shall make inquiries to find out and will let you know on a separate
email.
As you may already know, the aim of the DSMA Notice System is to prevent
inadvertent public disclosure of information that would compromise UK
military, counter-terrorist and intelligence operations, methods, or
capabilities; put at risk the safety of those involved in such operations;
or lead to attacks that would damage the critical national infrastructure
and/or endanger lives. The system is voluntary, it has no legal authority
and the final responsibility for deciding whether or not to publish or
broadcast rests solely with the editor or publisher concerned.
 
DSMA Notices are issued by the DSMA Committee.  This is an independent,
advisory body composed of senior civil servants representing government
departments concerned with national security and media representatives,
including editors of national and regional newspapers, periodicals, news
agencies, broadcasters, digital news, and book publishers.  The DSMA
Committee is supported by a Secretariat of civil servants funded by the
Ministry of Defence.
 
The five standing DSMA Notices are listed on the website (www.dsma.uk).
 The DSMA Committee Secretariat offers advice to editors and journalists
on specific matters, often following their requests for advice, and if
necessary, may occasionally issue specific DSMA Notice advice in a letter
to editors.
 
Although as a non-public body the DSMA Committee is not subject to the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002, it is committed to practising a policy of maximum disclosure
consistent with its aim of preventing the inadvertent public disclosure of
information that would compromise UK national security; and that the
subsequent advice is sought and given in confidence.  Please see
www.dsma.uk for more information on the DSMA-Notice System.
 
I hope this helps.  I do not know how long it will take me to clarify the
Geological Disposal Facility matter but I estimate I should be in a
position to reply within a week.
Kind Regards,
Geoffrey Dodds
 
Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory
Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 0754 016 3698 |
[DSMA request email] | www.dsma.uk

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From: Marianne Birkby <[FOI #743162 email]>
Sent: 31 March 2021 19:50
To: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - West Cumbria Mining Connections
to Geological Disposal Facility
 
Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,

Is the Critical National Infrastructure of a Geological Disposal Facility
subject to Standing Notice No 4 ?

Has an instruction been given to editors on the appointment by BEIS of CEO
of West Cumbria Mining to CoRWM?

Yours faithfully,

Marianne Birkby

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Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Ms Birkby,
I apologize for the delay in answering your question on the matter of the
Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).
I am pleased to say that I have now spoken to the relevant officials who
have confirmed that when the GDF is constructed, it will form part of the
Critical National Infrastructure.  That so, it will then be relevant to
DSMA standing notice 04  - Physical Property and Assets.
I trust that answers your question?  Please do come back to me should you
need anything more.
Best wishes,

Geoffrey Dodds

 

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Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | [mobile number]
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Dear Geoffrey Dodds,

Thank you for your answer.

Are there any circumstances in which the Delivery of a GDF would already be relevant to DSMA standing notice 04 - Physical Property and Assets?

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Ms Birkby,
Thank you for your supplementary question.
As I tried to explain earlier, the DSMA standing notices are written,
necessarily in very general terms.  Members of the UK media and Government
officials request my advice on the applicability of the notices to
particular events.  So, to answer your question, you would first have to
give me at least a sense of the specific circumstances that you envisage.
 If there is something that is concerning you, please do let me know.
Best wishes,
Geoffrey Dodds
 
Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds| Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory
Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | [mobile number]
|[1][DSMA request email]|[2]www.dsma.uk

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From: Marianne Birkby <[FOI #743162 email]>
Sent: 14 April 2021 20:38
To: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Re: GEOLOGICAL DISPOSAL FACILITY (GDF)
 
Dear Geoffrey Dodds,

Thank you for your answer. 

Are there any circumstances in which the  Delivery of a GDF would already
be relevant to DSMA standing notice 04  - Physical Property and Assets?

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

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Dear Geoffrey Dodds,

Thank you for your reply it is much appreciated. The issue that is deeply troubling specifically is the appointment of the CEO of West Cumbria Mining to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. This is a committee which advises the UK government on the Delivery of a Geological Disposal Facility which as you have kindly confirmed is Critical National Infrastructure and subject to DSMA standing notice 04 - Physical Property and Assets. You have already made reassurances that the the appointment of Mark Kirkbride CEO of the coal mine is not subject to any Defence Advisory notices.

However, It is not credible that all national media outlets (apart from the Isle of Man Newspapers) should choose to voluntary ignore this startling appointment (made in 2019 a few days after the approval by Cumbria County Council of CEO Mark Kirkbride's coal mine ). This deafening silence in the media over the last two years regarding the top level appointment of the coal mine boss to influential position of advisor to the UK's most expensive, controversial and dangerous Critical National Infrastructure plan, namely for high level nuclear wastes is very difficult to account for. Especially given the national and international interest in the coal mine which is to be the subject of a forthcoming public inquiry (the remit of the public inquiry should most but likely will not include issues of governance, transparency and ethics, rather it will most likely have a narrow focus on issues of climate).

All in all the silence over at least two appointments of West Cumbria Mining's top executives to the UK's nuclear dump plan for high level wastes is very troubling indeed. The implications of cronyism and corruption regarding "disposal" of high level military and 'civil' nuclear wastes (the Irish Sea is 'favoured' by the UKs top nuke dump advisors as "possible" ) far surpasses in terms of public money, safety and intergenerational impacts the current, and very much publicised in the media controversy over the cronyism at the heart of government. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-5...

Best wishes

Marianne
Radiation Free Lakeland

Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Ms Birkby,
Thank you for your explanation below. I now fully understand your concern.
However, let me reassure you again, the DSMA notice system does not play
any role in the appointment of business or Government leaders.  It is a
system designed solely to prevent the inadvertent publication or broadcast
of material that could damage national security or endanger people's
lives.  In this particular case, I confirm have not issued any DSMA notice
to editors or broadcasters in respect of the CEO West Cumbria Mining
appointment (Mark Kirkbride); or indeed for any future Geological Disposal
Facility (GDF).  Additionally, let me also reassure you, I am not in the
business of, nor am I able to silence the media.
On the question of why the UK media (less that on the Isle of Man) has not
published or broadcast this matter, may I suggest you contact the Society
of Editors or the News Media Association?  Both these organizations are
professional bodies that represent the media and in the latter case, the
news media and are the appropriate bodies to respond to your question.
I'm not sure what further I can do to help but please do feel free to make
contact again should anything further occur to you,
With best wishes,
Geoffrey Dodds
 
Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds| Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory
Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | [mobile number]
|[1][DSMA request email]|[2]www.dsma.uk

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From: Marianne Birkby <[FOI #743162 email]>
Sent: 16 April 2021 11:20
To: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Re: GEOLOGICAL DISPOSAL FACILITY (GDF)
 
Dear Geoffrey Dodds,

Thank you for your reply it is much appreciated.  The issue that is 
deeply troubling specifically is the appointment of the CEO of West
Cumbria Mining to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.  This is
a committee which advises the  UK government on the Delivery of a
Geological Disposal Facility which as you have kindly confirmed is
Critical National Infrastructure and subject to DSMA standing notice 04  -
Physical Property and Assets.   You have already made reassurances that
the the appointment of Mark Kirkbride CEO of the coal mine is not subject
to any Defence Advisory notices.

However, It is not credible that all national media outlets (apart from
the Isle of Man Newspapers) should choose to voluntary ignore this 
startling appointment (made in 2019 a few days after the approval by
Cumbria County Council of CEO Mark Kirkbride's coal mine ). This deafening
silence in the media over the last two years regarding the top level
appointment of the coal mine boss to influential position of advisor to
the  UK's most expensive, controversial and dangerous Critical National
Infrastructure plan, namely for high level nuclear wastes is very
difficult to account for.   Especially given the national and
international interest in the coal mine which is to be the subject of a
forthcoming public inquiry (the remit of the public inquiry should most
but likely will not include issues of governance, transparency and ethics,
rather it will most likely have a narrow focus on issues of climate).

All in all  the silence over at least two appointments of West Cumbria
Mining's top executives to the UK's nuclear dump plan for high level
wastes is very troubling indeed.  The implications of cronyism and
corruption regarding "disposal" of high level military and 'civil' nuclear
wastes  (the Irish Sea is 'favoured' by the UKs top nuke dump advisors as
"possible" ) far surpasses  in terms of public money, safety and
intergenerational impacts the current, and very much publicised in the
media controversy over the cronyism at the heart of government. 
[3]https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-5...

Best wishes

Marianne

Radiation Free Lakeland

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