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Call for Sammy Wilson to rule out community cash for nuclear waste trade-off

12 June, 2008

Sinn Fein Environment Spokesperson, North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay has called on the new Environment Minister Sammy Wilson to rule out the jobs and money to councils 'volunteering' to host radioactive waste being suggested by the British Government.

Mr McKay said:

"The British government plans to bribe local communities into 'volunteering' to accept nuclear waste is highly dangerous. We are talking about creating sites that would have a long lasting impact on local people.

"The British Government has already set out its intention to build a new generation of nuclear reactors and now it appears they are trying to present nuclear waste as an economic opportunity.

"Scotland has already made it clear that it will use its planning regulations to block attempts to site new nuclear power stations there and there is option to this latest plan..

"Despite growing concerns about Sammy Wilson's position on nuclear energy I would urge him to rule out any plan to use jobs and investment to bribe local communities becoming sites for the dumping of nuclear waste." ENDS

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