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    Professor Bruce Yardley (Leeds University)

    Nuclear waste exists in the UK and, as in all democracies, government policy is to seek disposal sites in areas where the local community has volunteered to host it. So far, only West Cumbria has volunteered to host a UK waste site, but in January 2013 Cumbria County Council voted to stop the necessary investigations into possible suitable sites. Is this just a small hiccup in the process of safely disposing of the UK?s nuclear waste? Or were spurious technical arguments used to prop up NiMBYism against the national interest? Are diehard opponents of nuclear power putting us all at risk by preventing safe disposal of existing waste? What should happen next, and where?