There will be no nuclear waste dump under the Lake District, Cumbria County Council's cabinet has decided.
Copeland and Allerdale district councils had been set to consider the possibility of waste material from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant - currently stored at the site - being relocated in bunkers deep beneath the surface of land inside their boundaries.
This includes land inside the Lake District, which might have worried some who like to go walking
or ride mountain bikes
in the western part of the national park.
Council leader Eddie Martin said: "Cabinet believes there is sufficient doubt around the suitability of West Cumbria’s geology to put an end now to the uncertainty and worry this is causing for our communities."
He added that the government should look to the safest location in Britain, not the most conveniently placed.
Opponents of the plans included Friends of the Lake District, which issued a statement this week urging the three councils to vote against it.