An interactive online exhibition for people to find out more about geological disposal facilities for radioactive waste has been launched.
The Allerdale GDF working group has launched exhibition, which will also explain how people can get involved in the decision-making process.
This interactive experience allows visitors to move around a virtual exhibition hall and look at a range of digital exhibits, including videos, graphics, blogs and other informative resources.
It explains the process involved in finding a suitable GDF site, brings to life what a facility could look like, and delves into what hosting a GDF could mean for the local community.
Allerdale GDF working group chair Jocelyn Manners-Armstrong, said: “Under normal circumstances, we’d be out and about meeting people face to face.
“But we can’t do that right now and until we can we wanted to provide an experience that’s as near to that as possible.”
The Allerdale GDF Working Group was established in January 2021 to start discussions with the people of Allerdale and local businesses about the potential for building a GDF facility somewhere in the borough, to dispose of the UK’s radioactive waste.
Working group member and Allerdale councillor Marion Fitzgerald said: “We really want local people to visit the virtual exhibition to help people understand what geological disposal could mean for Allerdale.”
The Working group, which was launched in January, has three main tasks – begin the discussion with the people of Allerdale to understand their concerns and answer their questions; identify a search area within Allerdale which could be investigated for potential locations for a GDF, and identify initial members for a Community Partnership which could take that work forward.
Visit https://allerdale.workinginpartnership.org.uk/get-involved/ to access the exhibition.
People without digital access can call 0300 369 0000 to ask questions or talk about areas of interest.