Labour Euro-MP Bill Miller and Liberal colleague Elspeth
Attwooll were today severely criticised by SNP Euro-MPs Ian Hudghton and
Neil MacCormick for failing to back tough new safeguards on transporting
nuclear waste. Ian Hudghton, the Scottish National Party's leading
candidate for June's European election, condemned the Lib/Lab MEPs'
decision to vote against a measure that would have made it illegal to
transport nuclear waste through an area without first notifying the local
council and seeking their approval. Both Ian Hudghton and Neil MacCormick
supported the measure, which was eventually defeated with Labour and Lib
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ian Hudghton MEP said:
"I am appalled that Labour and Liberal MEPs including Bill
Miller and Elspeth Attwooll from Scotland effectively backed a cover up of
nuclear waste transports.
It is local councils that are responsible for emergency
planning arrangements and local councils that would have to deal first
hand if anything went wrong in transporting nuclear waste. Local
government is the best placed to co-ordinate this kind of activity locally
and it's outrageous to keep them in the dark on matters like this.
We also have to think about openness and transparency.
After all, people have every right to know if potentially hazardous
nuclear waste is being transported through their communities and it is
local councils that are once again best placed to pass on this kind of
Bill Miller and Elspeth Attwooll must explain their actions
to their constituents, who, thanks to the opposition of Labour and Liberal
MEPs, will now remain in the dark about nuclear waste transports in their
MEPs were voting on an amendment to rules governing the
management of nuclear waste that would have prohibited the transport of
nuclear waste without prior notification and approval of the local
authority of the area through which the waste is to be transported. The
amendment, opposed by Labour and Liberal MEPs, was defeated.