Labour and Liberal Euro-MPs 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 condemned the
Lab/Lib 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 Dem backing.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ian Hudghton MEP said:
"I am appalled that Labour and Liberal MEPs 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 information. "