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Nuclear waste plan put to public

The firm hopes to dispose of low level waste from Sellafield

People in Cumbria are being given the chance to hear about plans to dispose of radioactive waste at a former opencast mine.

Endecom UK wants to build a plant to manage low level nuclear waste at Keekle Head, near Whitehaven.

This would include material from buildings demolished as part of the decommissioning process at Sellafield.

The proposals are being discussed at a Neighbourhood Forum Meeting in Whitehaven on Wednesday evening.

The company has already secured agreement on the purchase of the 70-hectare (173 acres) site and has been carrying out borehole testing.

Phil Holland, Endecom development manager, said: "We aim to consult widely with everyone involved to make sure they understand our proposal and have an opportunity to influence it.

"We believe it is vital for the local community to feel a part of the proposals and to be fully aware of our hopes for the site."

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