Who is Responsible for the Radioactive Wastes on the Cumbrian Mud Patch

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Dear Radioactive Waste Management Limited,

You have said that Radioactive Waste Management/ Nuclear Decommissioning Authority "has no interest" in the West Cumbria Mining planning application for a coal mine under the Irish Sea and 8km from Sellafield.

1. What body is responsible and accountable for the radioactive wastes on the Cumbrian Mud Patch?

2. What body is responsible for protecting the integrity of the fault zones surrounding Sellafield ?

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

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Dear Ms Birkby,

 

Thank you for your information request. We have reviewed your questions
and require further information to allow us to respond. Please could you
provide clarification on both questions, for example what area you're
referring to as "Cumbrian Mud Patch" and further information related to
your second question.

 

We are not able to proceed with responding to your request until we have
received the clarification requested above. As soon as we receive this, we
will notify you of the due date for our response.

 

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Dear rwmfeedback,

It is extremely worrying indeed that you need clarification from a volunteer nuclear safety campaigner of where the Cumbrian Mud Patch is. It is where decades of your ie Sellafield's radioactive wastes are suspended in the silt. In November 2019 you employed the CEO of West Cumbria Mining to the board of Radioactive Waste Management. West Cumbria Mining plan to mine out coal and create voids directly beneath the Cumbrian Mud Patch

The BGS have produced a map of where the Cumbrian/Sellafield Mud Patch is - it is directly beneath West Cumbria Mining's plan for the first deep coal mine in 30 years.

Here is one of the most recent papers on the Cumbrian Mud Patch https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar...

This is the paper by Marine Pollution Expert Tim Deere Jones which includes the BGS Location Map of the of the Cumbrian Mud Patch on page 24 https://issuu.com/wildart/docs/west_cumb...

On question 2 - The question refers to exactly which regulatory body is taking responsibility for protecting the integrity of the fault zones around Sellafield? The 101 conditions placed on the West Cumbria Mining planning application by Cumbria County Council assume that there would be subsidence and seismic triggering by the creation of mass voids. The Council assume that this can be mitigated against. Given that induced seismicity could be the catalyst for a catastrophic liquefaction event or similar earthquake/tremor related accident at Sellafield who is taking responsibility for 'allowing' the coal mine application to have got this far without any questions asked on seismic events and integrity of the Faults around Sellafield.

note: Sellafield and Moorside Site at "high risk of liquefaction". https://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content...

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

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Dear Ms Birkby,

 

Thank you for your information request dated 7 October and your
clarification received on 12 October. I have processed your request under
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘EIR’) as the information
requested relates to the environment according to the definition in
regulation 2(c) of the EIR. I provide our responses below:

 

1.  What body is responsible and accountable for the radioactive wastes on
the Cumbrian Mud Patch?

 

Thank you for confirming that what you are referring to as “the Cumbrian
Mud Patch” is an area of seabed, also known as the Irish Sea Mudpatch,
associated with historic discharges from the Sellafield site. Sellafield
Ltd is responsible for the safe and secure operation and clean-up of the
Sellafield nuclear site and authorised discharges from the site are
regulated by the Environment Agency. RWM does not operate, nor regulate,
the Sellafield site. You may wish to contact either Sellafield Ltd or the
Environment Agency directly with your request. Information is available
here:

 

Sellafield Ltd:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Environment Agency:
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

 

I would also like to clarify that the CEO of West Cumbria Mining Ltd has
not been appointed to the board, or to any other role, at RWM. The CEO has
been appointed to an entirely separate body, namely the Committee on
Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM). The Committee is a small advisory
group that provides independent scrutiny and advice to the UK and devolved
governments on the long-term management of higher activity radioactive
wastes. More information about CoRWM is available here:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....
 

 

We at RWM are responsible for delivering a geological disposal facility in
England or Wales.

 

2.  What body is responsible for protecting the integrity of the fault
zones surrounding Sellafield ?

 

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is responsible for regulation of
nuclear safety and security across the UK. More information and contact
details are available here: [4]http://www.onr.org.uk/index.htm.

 

The Environment Agency (EA) works to protect and improve the environment.
Information and contact details are available here:
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....  

 

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Herdus House, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria,
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