Copeland GDF Working Group Exhibition Roadshow Launches In Whitehaven

An exhibition roadshow is launching to allow people to find out more about what a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is and what it could mean for Copeland.

A GDF is an underground facility designed to safely and securely dispose of higher activity radioactive waste.

Copeland GDF Working Group has organised a series of exhibitions to encourage further conversations and understanding about geological disposal.

It’s taking place in 10 locations across Copeland and starts this Wednesday, September 1, at The Beacon Portal, Whitehaven.

The Beacon Portal

Gillian Johnston, Community Engagement Manager for Copeland GDF Working Group, said: “We’ve had lots of interest about the exhibitions and people have been registering their preferred time and location to come along.”

It’s a chance to hear more, give views, ask questions, raise any concerns and understand potential opportunities.

There will be plenty of information plus some interactive content and virtual reality.

Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, said: “It’s important that residents understand what a Geological Disposal Facility is and what this could mean for our community and economy.

“It could impact on employment opportunities, our environment and the prosperity of Copeland, and I would encourage everyone to go along to find out more.”

GDF Concept Art

A GDF would be made up of highly engineered vaults and tunnels located deep underground designed to protect people and the environment and keep the radioactive waste safe and secure while the radioactivity naturally decays to safe levels.

Successive UK Governments, supported by scientific advice, agree that geological disposal is the right long-term solution for our higher activity radioactive waste, and there is overwhelming international consensus, with advanced programmes now underway in Canada, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland and many other countries.

The events will operate within current Government guidance and will be held across the following locations and times:

  • The Beacon Portal, Whitehaven: Sept 1 (10am-7pm); Sept 2 (9.30am-2pm)
  • Silecroft Village Hall: Sept 3 (10am-2pm)
  • Kirksanton Village Hall: Sept 3 (5pm-8pm)
  • Thwaites Village Hall: Sept 4 (10am-6pm)
  • Millom Rugby Union Club, Haverigg: Sept 6 (10am-6pm)
  • Drigg & Carleton Village Hall: Sept 7 (10am-6pm)
  • Egremont Methodist Church: Sept 8 (10am-6pm); Sept 9 (10am-6pm)
  • Cleator Moor Civic Hall: Sept 10 (10am-6pm); Sept 11 (10am-2pm)
  • St Bees Management Centre: Sept 13 (10am-6pm); Sept 14 (10am-6pm)
  • Whitehaven Golf Club: Sept 16 (10am-7pm); Sept 17 (10am-2pm)

To register in advance, to book a morning or afternoon visit, click here or go direct here.