SCOTLAND MUST NOT BECOME A NUCLEAR DUSTBIN"
Ian Hudghton MEP today called for a rejection of any proposals to
make Scotland a nuclear dustbin. Speaking in the European parliament in
Strasbourg, which was debating nuclear waste, Mr Hudghton emphasised the
importance of Scotland's environment and outlined the SNP's vision of a
clean, green Scotland. The debate comes amid renewed fears that the North
of Scotland may be used for the dumping of nuclear waste.
after the debate, Mr Hudghton said:
"The North of
Scotland depends more than anywhere else on the reputation for having a
clean environment. Key industries - such as fishing, farming and tourism
- are dependent on our clean countryside. Proposals therefore to ship
nuclear waste into the North - be it from scrapped submarines or anywhere
else - must be firmly rejected.
group in the European parliament today attempted to give councils more
control in these matters by requiring local authority approval for the
transport of nuclear waste within any given area. Unfortunately this
proposal was defeated by an alliance including Scotland's Liberal, Tory
and Labour members.
goes on however. The SNP will continue to campaign against North Scotland
becoming a nuclear dustbin. I will take every opportunity in the European
parliament to raise these concerns - and ensure a clean Scotland for our
speech to the European parliament was as follows:
"Today's vote on nuclear waste is most timely given recent
research which shows that more than half of the UK sites identified as
potential nuclear dumps are located in Scotland. My group today voted
against the nuclear package because we believe that it offers nothing in
terms of safety or the environment. In addition my party will continue to
fight against Scotland becoming a nuclear dustbin.
"The Scottish National Party's vision of an Independent
Scotland is of a clean, green Scotland taking advantage of our natural
heritage and healthy environment. London seems to take the view that "the
further away the better" - and regards Scotland as the ideal place to dump
all the UK's nuclear waste. The people of Scotland will not stand for
this treatment - and my party will continue to fight against this filthy