AN MP is demanding Government assurance that Mid Cheshire will not become a nuclear waste dumping ground.
Eddisbury Stephen O'Brien met with members of campaign group RAMP on Friday to discuss concerns about planning issues affecting Winsford Rock Salt Mine and promised to get Government confirmation that it will not be earmarked to store radioactive waste.
'RAMP has legitimate questions that deserve answers and I will seek to address the concerns that have been raised,' he said.
The Government fuelled concerns the mine could be used after said it would talk to local councils to find sites to deal with radioactive waste, though Minosus, which runs the site, denies the mine could be one.
'Naturally concern exists about the plans to identify sites for the disposal of nuclear waste,' said Mr O'Brien. 'While assurances have been sought and received from Minosus, I will be writing to the Department of Trade and Industry to seek guarantees that the mine will not be used. I believe the salt mine - as a nuclear waste site - is a total non-runner. But residents can't be accused of scare-mongering and pressing the Government for confirmation is an appropriate assurance.'
Mr O'Brien also discussed plans to install a bagging plant and silos at the site after Minosus announced changes to its operating procedures which would see hazardous waste sorted and bagged at the mine rather than arriving in pre-sealed containers.
Mr O'Brien said: 'Many residents are very disappointed that the building of a bagging plant and silos were not subject to a planning application.
'I will be writing to the Environment Agency and the Government to ask why this has been permitted without further scrutiny and consultation with residents and representatives.'
A RAMP spokeswoman said: 'It's great to have Mr O'Brien on board. He's been involved since the very beginning - he gave us some excellent advice and he understands our concerns.'