>> 25 January 2013
Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee have backed a call from the SNP to object to the UK Government allowing discharges of radioactive material from its new-build nuclear power stations into the sea.
Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councillor Stephen Smith urged that Aberdeenshire Council object to these proposed discharges given the importance of the fishing industry to the local economy. He was supported by Green councillor Martin Ford (East Garioch) and the committee agreed unanimously with the request.
Commenting, Cllr Stephen Smith said:
“As we know from the long history of contamination in the Irish Sea from Sellafield which the Irish Government have vehemently opposed, radioactive waste does not respect national boundaries and I’m concerned at the effect this will have on our fishing industry in particular.
“I’m pleased that councilors of all parties backed the call to make our opposition known to the London Government on this issue, which is nothing short of an act of environmental vandalism should it be allowed to happen.”
The KIMO Report can be found here with reference to the nuclear issue on page 6: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/committees/