David Mundell welcomes news that Chapelcross won't store radioactive waste

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell says that it is welcome news that an air of uncertainty has been ended with the news that Chapelcross isn’t to be used as a site for radioactive waste.

Capenhurst in Cheshire has been chosen by the Ministry of Defence to store the radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear powered submarines with Chapelcross one of the rejected sites.

Commenting David Mundell MP said: “When the consultation was launched, I urged local people to make their views heard and they certainly did which was very pleasing to see.

“With Chapelcross’s long history it was correct that they were one of the options being considered but I am pleased that a decision has now been made so everyone can move forward.

“There was a lot of factors to weigh up in this decision, including evaluating whether this would have a positive economic impact in terms of creating jobs for the area, which local people didn’t seem to think it would.

“That was also my view and I am confident that the people in the Dumfriesshire region will feel a sense of relief that the waste isn’t going to be stored at Chapelcross.

“I am fully committed to working together with the stakeholders of Chapelcross to ensure a long term plan for the site is secured.”