Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

17/02/10 West Lancs MP, “Don’t let County Council dump hazardous

Rosie Cooper MP has urged West Lancashire residents to join many others who are signing a petition to stop the proposal to use West Lancashire land as a dumping ground for hazardous waste.

Lancashire County Council has identified sites at Whitemoss, Pimbo, Simonswood and Burscough as potential dumping sites for outside waste. Pimbo, Simonswood and Burscough sites that are being proposed would be new designated landfill areas for regular waste.

Whitemoss Landfill, currently a regular waste landfill site in Skelmersdale, is being proposed to double its size. It would also change its designation to store hazardous waste, which can include mild nuclear waste, at its facilities.

All proposed sites would house waste from all over the North West region and beyond.

Rosie Cooper MP, said: “Enough is enough. Skem residents have put up with noxious smells and long term dangers to their health for long enough. I oppose plans for any extension to Whitemoss. The site isn’t full and local residents believe that this decision is being driven by profit, not need.

“We also don’t need more dumping grounds throughout West Lancashire to cause increased dangers to residents and communities. Just because we have the land does not mean that we will be dumped on by Lancashire County Council.

“That is why I’m encouraging people to go to http://www.rosiecooper.net/say-no-to-waste-dumps and sign the petition so that we can make our voices heard loud and clear: Don’t dump hazardous waste on our children and communities.”

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