Off Message? Never Mind the Pylons, Stop Moorside!



@Broughton Victory Hall on 28th October

On 28th October at 6.30pm at Broughton’s Victory Hall, Pro-Moorside MP will address a meeting called by Power Without Pylon campaigners.

The pylons have been flagged up remorselessly in the media as the biggest threat from Moorside. The Pylons would be the least of it. This focus by the media and vested interests is a ploy to limit and contain the opposition to Moorside itself.

 Despite this,  when the North West Evening Mail ran a Poll on the Pylons which (unlike the Moorside Consultation) gave the option to say No to Moorside… 70% did just that!

The industry and those with vested interests like ProNuclear and ProTrident MP John Woodcock want nothing better than to focus on the pylons and limit opposition to the actual diabolic plan for Moorside.

Please Come Along and show opposition to Moorside itself. We will be standing from 5.30pm peacefully with banners and leafleting before the meeting and then will go in to take part.

Never Mind the Pylons – Stop Moorside!

From the North West Evening Mail

“Barrow MP to join campaigners at meeting over plan to build giant pylons as big as Nelson’s Column

A POLITICIAN will speak at a public meeting alongside campaigners who are opposed to plans for giant pylons to be installed along the Furness countryside.

John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, and members of the Power Without Pylons group are jointly hosting a public meeting in Broughton Victory Hall on Friday October 28 from 6.30pm.

National Grid plans to export electricity from a proposed nuclear power station at Moorside near Sellafield to the Lancashire coast via a tunnel underneath Morecambe Bay………

Power Without Pylons secretary Graham Barron said: “We are campaigning for a solution that avoids putting up giant pylons in and around the national park and that keeps the means of connection out of sight.

“We believe the best option is to put the connection offshore but, failing that, undergrounding the whole route south of Moorside is the only acceptable alternative.”

NO – The ONLY acceptable alternative is to STOP MOORSIDE

Never Mind the Pylons: Stop Moorside Say 70% on Evening Mail Poll



Letter Sent to *All South Lakeland and Copeland Parish Councils ahead of
the Pylon Consultation for the Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe.


Dear *Lakes Parish Council,

Thank you for teaming up with neighbouring councils to fight the pylons.
Cumbrians are increasingly concerned about all the impacts from Moorside.
The online poll in the North West Evening Mail under the article “Councils
Present United Front Against Pylon Plans” reflects this concern.
The Poll asked “What would you prefer?”
6% Said Yes to Pylons;
17% Said Yes to Underground Cables;
7% Said Yes to Offshore Cables and
70% Said No to Moorside.
This is remarkable given that media coverage has focussed narrowly on the
impacts of the pylons rather than the wider impacts from Moorside itself.
We support the councils in opposing the pylons but would suggest that as
with all the many damaging impacts from the proposed “biggest nuclear
development in Europe”, the pylons are being heavily underestimated.

Radiation Free Lakeland have been in correspondence with former US nuclear
regulator Arnie Gundersen who has visited the site and tells us that:

“The position of the transmission corridor (pylons) is critical to plant
reliability and safety. The Moorside corridor is too narrow, being bound
by the sea on one side and the National Park on the other. This means
that extreme weather events can prevent the entire output of the plant
from reaching customers (reliability), and more importantly, it can
prevent emergency power from getting to the plant to keep the atomic
reactor cooling pumps operating (safety). Remember when a nuke shuts
down, it has so much residual heat that it must have ongoing cooling or it
will meltdown. To assure reliability from severe weather, the generated
electricity being transmitted to customers is transmitted in several
directions on different corridors. The proposal for the Moorside atomic
reactors is for 3300 MWe of power generated by three AP1000 nuclear power
plants necessitating several very wide transmission corridors, which the
land itself is unable to sustain. In all likelihood, underground
transmission lines would significantly improve the reliability of the
electric transmission to customers, because the area’s severe
thunderstorms would no longer be an issue. However, underground
transmission corridors would be very expensive, perhaps making the cost of
the site astronomical, and such immense costs would most likely be passed
on to consumers.”

Arnie Gundersen’s statement that there would need to be several
transmission corridors is borne out by the experience at Sellafield where
there are no operational reactors but huge amounts of energy are required
for cooling the wastes and for reprocessing. The Stress Test carried out
for Sellafield in 2012 following the ongoing Fukushima disaster states:
The Sellafield site is a node connection point on the 132 kV District
Network electrical grid in West Cumbria and benefits from several supply
connections to the national grid network. These lines are configured in
pairs with each pair supplied from an independent grid supply and using
different pylon routings. Any single 132 kV grid onnection can supply the
entire site electrical load. Additional lines deliver power to Sellafield
from the adjacent Fellside Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant. However
Fellside is not self sufficient; it requires at least one of the 132kV
grid connection lines to start up and/or to continue to operate. Therefore
Sellafield cannot operate in an “island” mode with supplies from Fellside
alone. The diverse sources of the lines ensure that grid disturbances are
unlikely to affect all of the lines and it is policy never to have more
than two of these feeder lines out of service at any one time for planned
maintenance. Offsite power can fail for a number of reasons and sufficient
operational history exists to evaluate the likelihood of such failures”.
“On grid failure there are significant fuel supplies in onsite storage
tanks to last for several days. Under normal circumstances the fuel supply
contractor can respond with a tanker delivery within forty eight hours
(i.e. well within the duration of the onsite reserves) with further
deliveries being required daily thereafter.”

We wonder how much electricity the government and industry plan to be
directed from Moorside to Sellafield and if that is the reason for the
lack of “several” transmission routes that a former US nuclear regulator
has predicted would be required for Moorside.

Isn’t the West Coast of Cumbria already under enough of an intolerable
nuclear burden without ever more nuclear installations?

Certainly people responding to the Evening Mail poll present a united
voice in saying:

Never Mind the Pylons Say NO to Moorside!

Yours sincerely,
Marianne Birkby
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

Councils Present United Voice Against Pylon Plans

85% of Cumbrians Say No

Sellafield Stress Test

Arnie Gundersen in Keswick 2015
We Need to Talk About Moorside

Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 New Nuclear Power Station Piping Defects Appear Never-Ending; Any Part You Want, As Long as It’s Defective?

MAny Thanks to Mining Awareness for this Expose. MEanwhile in Cumbria we are smothered with spin for this obscenity to be built at the village of Beckermet ….they call it “Moorside”

Mining Awareness +

On September 29th, the US NRC reported piping deviations for the Vogtle AP 1000 “two flanges identified with deviations on Passive Core Cooling System pipe spools for the Vogtle Unit 3 AP1000r project had incorrect raised-face dimensions. This appears to have been caused by the two flanges being transposed due to an inadvertent fabrication error that occurred at the pipe spool supplier’s facilities (CB&I Laurens). The error was subsequently discovered after delivery to the fabrication facility (Aecon Industrial).” And, what does this mean? Did they replace it? Or? An expert assures me that this means that they did the equivalent of forcing a door shut, which doesn’t want to go. It should have been replaced rather than corrected: “The flange configuration was corrected and the Q223 Mechanical Module was delivered to the Vogtle Unit 3 site… Thus, Aecon is potentially producing defective “modules” in…

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We are raising money to Stop Moorside.

With your help we can commission a report into the dodgy design of the untried, untested nuclear reactors proposed.

Already we have, thanks to  your generosity, commissioned an expert report (to be published in 2017) into the health detriment.

Now we would like to be able to cover the costs of an expert report into the design of these diabolic reactors and why they should not be built anywhere, never mind next to this most dangerous nuclear site …Sellafield!

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Atomic Siamese twins: how the UK promoted the birth of nuclear proliferation.

Calder Hall – Now Sellafield.  See how the River Calder meanders to the Irish Sea – Now that river is a straightened “lets get the crapola away from us” radioactive sewer amid Sellafield’s nuclear sprawl.   The Sellafield site discharges radioactive wastes into the River Calder- as well as dumping into the Irish Sea.  The same fate awaits the River Ehen unless the plan for Moorside is stopped.


Atomic Siamese twins: how the UK promoted the birth of nuclear proliferation

by Dr David Lowry

This week will see the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Calder Hall nuclear production facility at Sellafield on 17 October 1956.

Indeed, the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, a short distance along the coast from Sellafield in Cumbria is holding month long celebration exhibition of the Calder Hall plant.

Calder Hall was opened by the young Queen Elizabeth on 17 October 1956, but it was never a ‘commercial’ civil nuclear plant. Her script writer penned the following for Her Majesty to say from the podium: “This new power, which has proved itself to be such a terrifying weapon of destruction, is harnessed for the first time for the common good of our community.”

It was hailed as an “epoch-making” event by then Lord Privy Seal, Richard Butler. It was, however, a gross deception of the public

In fact it was clearly stated at the time of the plant’s opening, in a remarkable little book entitled Calder Hall: The Story of Britainís First Atomic Power Station, written by Kenneth Jay, and published in October 1956 by the Government’s Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell to mark Calder’s commissioning. Mr Jay wrote:

Major plants built for military purposes such as Calder Hall are being used as prototypes for civil plants . . . the plant has been designed as a dual-purpose plant to produce plutonium for military purposes as well as electric power . . . it would be wrong to pretend that the civil programme has not benefited from, and is not to some extent dependent upon, the military programme.”

An atomic “clock” registered the first generated nuclear power

Calder Hall was closed in March 2003, fifty years after its construction bagan. Interestingly, the first ñ nominally commercial – reactor at Hinkley, the Magnox ëAí plant, was operated for military production purposes too.

The first public hint came with a public announcement on 17 June 1958 by the Ministry of Defence, notably not the Ministry of Fuel and Power that oversaw the civilian nuclear programe – on: ìthe production of plutonium suitable for weapons in the new [nuclear ] power stations programme as an insurance against future defence needs in the Hinkley reactor. .

A week later in the UK Parliament, the Conservative Cabinet minister Paymaster General, Reginald Maudling told MPs: “At the request of the Government, the Central Electricity Generating Board has agreed to a small modification in the design of Hinkley Point and of the next two stations in its programme so as to enable plutonium suitable for military purposes to be extracted should the need arise.

The Government made this request in order to provide the country, at comparatively small cost, with a most valuable insurance against possible future defence requirements. The cost of providing such insurance by any other means would be extremely heavy.”

(Hansard 24 June 1958 columns 246-8; )

(The first nuclear power plant on the Hinkley Point site in Somerset was built in the 1960s.)

This was challenged by Mr Mason, who asked:

“Is the Paymaster-General aware that, as far as I am concerned, it is a disgusting imposition on what was primarily termed a peaceful programme in nuclear energy? Of course, I am pleased to hear that it does not interfere with the atomic energy programme prepared by the Government although I accept that with some measure of reservation? Was this really necessary, in view of the fact that we are producing, perhaps at a slow rate, plutonium.Particularly having regard to the fact that the Dounreay atomic breeder is coming into production very soon, was this imposition on our peaceful atomic power programme really necessary?”

The minister retorted:

“The hon. Gentleman says that it is an imposition. The only imposition on the country would have arisen if the Government had met our defence requirements for plutonium by means far more expensive than those proposed in this suggestion.”

The headline story in the Bridgwater Mercury, serving the community around Hinkley, on that day (24 June} was:

“MILITARY PLUTONIUM To be manufactured at Hinkley”

The article explained:

“An ingenious method has been designed for changing the plant without reducing the output of electricity”

CND was reported to be critical, describing this as a “distressing step” insisting:

“The Government is obsessed with a nuclear militarism which seems insane.”

Sadly, with the blinkered push to replace Trident today, not much seems has changed in the 58 years since!

The left wing Tribune magazine of 27 June 1958 was very critical of the deal under the headline

‘Sabotage in the Atom Stations’

“For the sake of making more nuclear weapons, the Government has dealt a heavy blow at the development of atomic power stations.

And warned:

“Unless this disastrous decision is reversed, we shall pay dearly in more ways than one for the sacrifice made on the grim alter of the H-bomb.”

The late Michael Foot, that great inveterate peace-monger, who later became Labour leader, was then the Tribune editor.

Then, on 3 July 1958, the United Kingdom and United States signed a detailed agreement on co-operation on nuclear weapons development, after several months of Congressional hearings in Washington DC, but no oversight whatsoever in the UK Parliament! As this this formed the basis, within a mere five years, for the UK obtaining the Polaris nuclear WMD system from the UK, and some 20 odd years later for the UK to buy American Trident nuclear WMDs , the failure of Parliament to at least appraise the security merits of this key bilateral atomic arrangement was unconscionable.

A month later Mr Maudling told backbencher Alan Green MP in Parliament that:

“Three nuclear power stations are being modified, but whether they will ever be used to produce military grade plutonium will be for decision later and will depend on defence requirements. The first two stations, at Bradwell and Berkeley, are not being modified and the decision to modify three subsequent stations was taken solely as a precaution for defence purposes.”


“It in no way reflects any change in the assessment of the economics of the British nuclear power stations, and there is therefore no reason whatever why the sale abroad of British nuclear equipment should be in any way affected.”

(Hansard, 1 August 1958 vol 592 cc228-9W;

Following further detailed negotiations, the Ango-American Mutual Defense Agreement on Atomic Energy matters (defence is spelled with an ìsî even in the UK version of the Treaty, demonstrating the origin of the drafts!) , to give it its full treaty title, was amended on 7 May 1959, to permit the exchange of nuclear explosive material including plutonium and enriched uranium for military purposes.

The Times science correspondent wrote on 8 May 1959 under the headline

“Production of Weapons at Short Notice”

“The most important technical fact behind the agreement is that of civil grade – such as will be produced in British civil nuclear power stations- can now be used in weapons”


Within a month, Mr Maudling in Parliament told Tory back bencher, Wing Commander Eric Bullus who had asked the Paymaster-General what change there has been in the intention to modify three nuclear power stations to enable plutonium suitable for military use to be extracted should the need arise.

“Last year Her Majesty’s Government asked the Central Electricity Generating Board to make a small modification in the design of certain power stations to enable plutonium suitable for military purposes to be extracted if need should arise. Having taken into account recent developments, including the latest agreement with the United States, and having re-assessed the fissile material which will become available for military purposes from all sources, it has been decided to restrict the modifications to one power station, namely, Hinkley Point.”  Hansard, 22 June 1959 vol 607 columns 847-9

And so it may be seen that the UKs first civil nuclear programme was used as a source of nuclear explosive plutonium for the US military, with Hinkley Point A the prime provider.

Two decades later, Wales national daily, the Western Mail, on 8 October 1984 reported that the largest Magnox reactor in the UK, at Wylfa on Anglesey, had also been used to provide plutonium for the military. Plutonium from both reactors went into the UK military stockpile of nuclear explosives, and could well still be part of the UK Trident warhead stockpile today.

Subsequent research by the Scientists Against Nuclear Arms, published in the prestigious science weekly journal, Nature and presented to the Sizewell B Public Inquiry in 1983-4 and Hinkley C Public Inquiry in 1989, has demonstrated that around 6700 kilogrammes of plutonium, was shipped to the United States under the military exchange agreement, which stipulates explicitly that the material must be used for military purposes by the recipient county.

To put this quantity into context, a nuclear warhead contains around 5 kilos of plutonium so this is a very significant quantity

Earlier this month, a commentary article by Oxford University academic, Dr Peter Wynn Kirby, in The New York Times ( “Britain’s Nuclear Cover-Up, October 11, discussed the possibility that he first newbuild nuclear reactor to be built in 20 years in the UK, at Hinkley C, also has military links, this time not to nuclear explosives production, but to nuclear reactor propulsion.

As Dr Kirby states: “A painstaking [100-page] study of obscure British military policy documents, released last month by the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, demonstrates that the government and some of its partners in the defense industry, like Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, think a robust civilian nuclear industry is essential to revamping Britain’s nuclear submarine program.”

Nuclear deception has a long and undistinguished history: it seems we have come full circle 60 years after the birth of nuclear power as the Siamese twin of military nuclear technology six decades after Calder Hall’s opening.

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Top Scientist Says Keep the Trees: pages 34 -36 of Beeches Boreholes and Badgers

From 20 years ago – Professor Hugh Pennington joins the battle to save the Rusland Beeches. We need more joining the battle to save the whole of the Lake District and beyond from Nukiller madness!

Wastwater Chronicles


1st October 1996

The National Park Authority defer ratification till end of October. Chance for more people to send in objections to felling.

The Government’s Chief Advisor on medical microbiology is going to write to the Environment Secretary on behalf of the beeches

16th October 1996

Rt Hon John Gummer MP

Dear Mr Gummer,

Rusland Beeches

I have just learned about the decision by the Lake District National Park Authority to fell all the Rusland Beeches, the well known stand of trees in the valley of that name.  Can I ask that your department – as ultimate custodian because of the preservation order on the trees- subjects this decision to the most rigorous scrutiny?  In particular I would like to request that the benefit of any doubt should be given to the trees rather than to any recommendations based on administrative neatness or risk assessment exercises with high judgemental content. …

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Barrow-built submarine dragged fishing crew across Irish Sea


The Evening Mail has reported on the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s findings on the incredible incident in April 2015 when a submarine (likely to be carrying nuclear warheads) dragged a fishing boat across the Irish Sea.  Why isn’t this headline news across the UK we wonder?

From the Evening Mail – 14 October 2016 7:59AM

THE lives of four fishermen were put in danger when a Barrow-built submarine became tangled in a trawler’s nets and dragged it across the Irish Sea.

The Karen was trailed backwards at a speed of seven knots – around eight miles an hour – after the sub snagged in the prawn trawler’s nets 15 miles from Ardglass in Northern Ireland.

The sub’s crew was unaware until three hours after the collision, which happened in April 2015. Part of the trawler’s deck had to be lifted and another section was ripped off but the four crew escaped unharmed.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report said the accident occurred because the submarine’s command team detected no noise of trawling.

The actions of the command team of a Royal Navy submarine placed the lives of the crew of the trawler Karen in danger

In its findings, the MAIB said: “The submarine’s command team had assessed that the majority of shipping contacts in the area were merchant vessels.

“However, most were actually trawlers; this was predictable and should have been identified as a significant risk to the safety of the submarine and other vessels when preparing the submarine’s passage plan.

“Had the submarine’s command team appreciated the high density of fishing vessels and then followed Royal Navy guidance on fishing vessel avoidance, the accident would have been avoided because the submarine would have been slowed down and returned to periscope depth when the density of shipping increased.”

READ MORE: Human error expected to be the cause of Astute’s grounding

The Royal Navy has been criticised for its failure to engage with the investigation.

Steve Clinch from the MAIB said: “Eighteen months ago, the actions of the command team of a Royal Navy submarine placed the lives of the crew of the trawler Karen in danger.

“Regrettably, the reluctance of the Royal Navy to fully engage in the subsequent investigation resulted in this report taking significantly longer to deliver than would normally be the case.

“The accident happened because of insufficient passage planning by the submarine’s command team and their failure to follow guidance on fishing vessel avoidance.

“Had its trawl warps not parted, it is almost inevitable that Karen would have capsized and sunk; the collision also presented a very significant risk to the submarine.”

READ MORE: Temperatures soared inside nuclear reactor of Barrow-built sub

The Ministry of Defence has refused to reveal which submarine was responsible.

However, one retired submariner told the Evening Mail it was “highly likely” that the boat involved would have been carrying nuclear weapons, meaning it would have been a Vanguard-class submarine.

“The only thing the MoD is more secretive about than nuclear-powered submarines is submarines carrying nuclear weapons,” the Lancashire-based submariner said.

“Considering the MoD has in the past released extensive detail about incidents involving other submarines, such as Astute grounding in 2010 or onboard HMS Turbulent in 2011 when the reactor overheated, it’s highly likely the secrecy surrounding the identity of the sub involved in this instance is because it was carrying nuclear weapons.”

The four Vanguard boats – Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance – are all in active service and are due to be replaced by four Successor-class submarines from around 2028.

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Aleppo: How the US manipulates humanitarianism for imperialism

Steven Chovanec is working to prevent nuclear war….


by Steven Chovanec

The United States is manipulating humanitarian concern in an effort to protect its proxy militias and its imperial regime-change project in Syria.  The media and intellectual classes are dutifully falling in line, promoting a narrative of military aggression under the cover of “protecting civilians.”  These same “responsibility to protect” arguments led to the invasions of Iraq and Libya, exponentially increasing the massacres, chaos, and proliferation of violent extremism within those countries.  They are hypocritical, designed to further interests of conquest and domination, and will lead to more death and destruction in Syria as well.

The United States has no stake in the wellbeing of Syrian civilians, despite their condemnations of Russia’s offensive in Aleppo.  This is clearly shown in the fact that the people they are supporting are guilty of the same crimes they accuse Russia and Syria of: indiscriminate attacks, targeting of civilians, destruction of 

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Wasdale Show …..100% say: STOP MOORSIDE


Radiation Free Lakeland took the Stop Moorside message to the beautiful setting of the Wasdale Show yesterday.

At our stall, well stocked with information, a quiz and friendly faces, people stopped to chat and sign the Stop Moorside petition which now is nearing 11,ooo signatures.  Of all the people we spoke to NOT ONE said they were in favour of new nuclear build next to Sellafield.

This is remarkable given that this area is being bigged up as a “Nuclear Heartland” by Tom Samson the Chief Executive of Nugen (60% Toshiba and 40% Engie).

The heart of Cumbria is alive and well no thanks to the heart tissue destroying Strontium emissions from the nuclear industry.  Tissue damage is one of the cocktail of listed diseases on the Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases for nuclear workers (those outside the gates have no CSRLD  ..   info on health impacts on this pdf TOXICOLOGICAL PROFILE FOR STRONTIUM)

“Nuclear Heartland” who are they kidding?!

Sickness at the Heart of Nuclear Policy

Letter in today’s Daily Mail

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While people ‘Stand Up to Cancer’, the Department of Health has released its Review of Childhood Cancer Incidence near Sellafield and Dounreay.

In the Eighties, the families of 19 children living within 20 miles of Sellafield took the site operators to court.  The children all had leukaemia.  They lost their case, the judge ruling that the radiation dose to the public from the plant was too low to have caused luekaemia.

The Government subscribes to the 1988 Leo Kinlen theory, which suggests that exposure to a common unidentified infection through population mixing results in childhood leukaemia.  Prof Kinlen said: “This exposure is greater when people from urban areas mix with rural communities eg when construction workers and nuclear staff move into the Sellafield area.”  History is about to repeat itself.  The Government plans to parachute into Cumbria 4,000 temporoary workers to work at Beckermet (population 1,600), site of the proposed “biggest new nuclear development in Europe.”

Dr Paul Dorfman, secretary to the UK governmental sceintific advisory Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters (CERRIE), an acknowledged expert on radiation risk, told us: “I, like you, am of the clear opinion that the acknowledged significant increase in childhood leukaemia in Cumbria is associated with radiation releases….However…the view of the key UK governmental radiation risk scientific advisory body (COMARE) is that the Cumbrian childhood leukaemia excess is most likely associated with “population mixing.”

“COMARE, and hence the Government state that the Cumbrian childhood leukaemia excess is due to a novel virus brought in by a large number of construction workers which then goes on to infect a relatively isolated local population who do not have a defence against this virus.”

“Thus the Government must inform the local community to expect a potential increase in risk of childhood leukaemia following the construction of the planned nuclear facility at Moorside.”

Nuclear power pioneer Dr John Gofman said decades ago: “Licensing a nuclear power plant is…licensing random premeditated murder.  When you license a plant, you know what you’re doing, so its premeditated….The evidence on radiation producing cancer is beyond doubt. It’s not a question any more:radiation produces cancer and the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest doses.”

Marianne Birkby

Radiation Free Lakeland