Heysham’s dodgy old reactor shut down again in “unplanned outage”

Fairfield …View of Heysham Saturday 25th July 2015

Fairfield …View of Heysham Saturday 25th July 2015

Today…

A nuclear reactor has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has confirmed. The 660-megawatt reactor at the Heysham 2 site, near Morecambe, Lancashire, was taken offline at 13:48 BST because of “operational requirements”, EDF Energy told the BBC.
The reactor will be offline for the next seven days, the company added.
The cause of the unplanned outage has not yet been established and an investigation is under way”.

Heysham is already into borrowed time…

Previously…on Radiation Free Lakeland

Heysham’s Old Boiler – “Nothing to Worry About” say BBC
Posted on August 11, 2014
Tonights BBC Northwest news treated us to some brilliant propaganda in the form of Malcolm Grimston saying “there is nothing to worry about.” Malcolm Grimston is the guru who is an expert on the “public perception of nuclear.” He is wheeled out by the BBC when the nuclear industry has a bad bit of news to impart and wants a safe pair of hands.

The contrast between BBC Northwest’s often critical stance on fracking and its entirely toadying approach to nuclear is becoming difficult to ignore.

Local architect Mo Kelly has been doing the job that our supposed investigative journalists should be doing. The following is correspondence sent to the Garstang Courier:

Please find my letter dated 2 July 2014 sent to Fiona Finch at Garstang Courier, which to my knowledge was not published at the time. My letter gives more detail around what EDF are now acknowledging is not an “anomaly” but more specifically – a “fault ” in a boiler (a “crack in a boiler” according to ITV lunchtime news)

Please note Ian Stewart Station Director of Heysham 1’s reply to me at the Local Community Liaison Council meeting of 23 May 2014.

I asked the question ” Would Heysham 1 have to be decommissioned if the anomaly cannot be resolved ie. if the fault cannot be rectified?” and Ian’s answer to me was “Yes”

Please also note that EDF are leaning on the Office for Nuclear Regulation to actually change the safety limits on the performance of the graphite brick within the reactor core. These graphite bricks, like the now failing boilers, are another safety feature built into these now ageing AGR reactors to ensure their safe operation (see attached email)

As a concerned local resident and reader of your newspaper, I have to question recent headlines in both Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor “Nuclear is here to stay” and “Looking to a long nuclear future”. There are over 180,000 of us living within a 10 mile radius of the four elderly AGR reactors at Heysham 1 and 2.

I am writing to demand that EDF places public safety as paramount above any desire to continue the operation of failing, unsafe and inefficient out of date AGR nuclear reactors.

Nuclear Tosh(iba) Reigns Supreme While Cumbria is Stitched Up

The Sellafield site on the right and just some of the land

The Sellafield site on the right and just some of the land “acquired” with public money for the proposed new nuclear build known as Moorside/Moorcide
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Nuclear Tosh(iba) Reigns Supreme While Cumbria is Stitched Up By Those Who Should Be Protecting People and this Magical Corner of the Planet

As the first consultation for Moorside drew to a close on the 25th July
the company behind NuGen, Toshiba was caught cooking the books while Cumbria County Council waxed lyrical about “nuclear aspirations”.

Give us a break, Cumbria’s ONLY nuclear aspiration should be to ensure protection from the already intolerable and (even without Moorside) accelerating nuclear burden of ‘decommissioning’ and reprocessing.

The Japan Times reported on July 19th that the panel set up to investigate the
multinational company’s dodgy accounting found “Toshiba cooked its books
partly because of clouded prospects for its nuclear power business after
the March 2011 disasters sparked a triple meltdown crisis at Tokyo and
Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant” which Toshiba had large
responsibility for. This is the company the UK government is wooing to
build triple untried reactors next to the worlds most dangerous stockpile
of plutonium.

At the Moorside consultation events, people attending were told by NuGen staff
that that “nothing will stop the development” but that people can “help
shape the plans.” Really? The only shape we want is an unequivocal NO.
Maybe in the end the only way of achieving an unequivocal No will be by
mass direct action for a start.. putting Stop Moorside banners on fellsides and posters in windows.  Already nearly 8000 people have signed the Stop Moorside
petition despite it receiving so little publicity by the media. Hundreds
of people are already pledging a boycott of Toshiba products as a direct
result of Toshiba’s involvement in the Moorside Project.

Radiation Free Lakeland supporters have said

*I will be Boycotting Toshiba products as a direct result of your
aggressive push for new untried untested reactors near to the world’s most
dangerous radioactive wastes at Sellafield.

*Any consultation that is predetermined is not a consultation but a pretense

*In 2007 the High Court found that the government’s plans to build a new
generation of nuclear power stations was “unlawful”

*New international studies provide “strong evidence” that nuclear power is
a cause of leukemia and other radiation linked diseases

*The cooling for Moorside would result in a. churning up the already
radioactively contaminated sediments of the Irish Sea bed b. heating the
Irish Sea and c. cooling towers sending vapour plumes from the Irish Sea
over Lakeland.

*The AP1000 “passive containment cooling” in case of an accident involves
millions of gallons of water sitting on top of the three reactors. Apart
from other concerns this makes for three dangerously top heavy
installations in the vicinity of the worlds most dangerous wastes. The
AP1000 reactor design has been criticised as unsafe by former nuclear
regulator Arnie Gundersen and others.

*The Copeland Local Plan 2001 -2016 says that there should be: NO NEW
HAZARDOUS DEVELOPMENT or POPULATION INCREASE NEAR SELLAFIELD

Despite the psychological marketing ploy of a fait accompli by government, Cumbria County Council and industry this is not a done deal. The Stop Moorside campaign is growing and it is absolutely necessary that it succeeds to ensure the health and future of a Cumbria already living under the diabolic shadow of Sellafield.

note: just shared this post on the I Love the Lake District Facebook page – a lovely page with wonderful views of the Lakes… vociferous defenders of the nuclear industry ensured the post was removed after 5 minutes.  This is what we are up against it is like a nuclear mafia.     I Love the Lake District….But Not That Much?!  No doubt if Wainwright lived today and had posted on I Love the Lakes about Calder Halls (Sellafields) grotesque atomic towers he would be shot down in the furious wrath of the nuclear defenders.

‘The most arresting sight is the grotesque collection of towers and minarets of the Calder Hall Atomic Power Station strangely tormenting the land horizon southwest; it is seen along the valley of the Calder, with the sea beyond, in a frame of serene fells. The contrast is striking: a modern toy and the timeless hills!’ AW

Reclassifying Nuclear Waste to Dump on States; Bury – US NRC Comment Deadline Friday 24 July, 11.59 pm NYC-DC (ET)

mariannewildart:

Reclassify, dilute, disperse and pass the responsibility on to local councils landfill services and to the public unaware they are buying products that may be made from “recycled” radioactive scrap metal. This is happening here in the UK as well as America. This blog post is a Good analysis of what is happening in America, which mirrors here in the UK . For some years we tried to get The Environment Agency and Lillyhall landfill to admit that they were recieving radioactive wastes….they repeatedly denied this saying there was NO radioactive waste entering the landfill.. Hiding behind the new classification of “exempt” The truth of course is that the pathway to landfill was opened and even higher activity waste was dumped “accidently”

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:

USNRC Comment: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal
ID: NRC-2011-0012-0077 Due Jul 24 2015, at 11:59 PM ET
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2011-0012-0077 Info on the final rule: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/pdf/2015-06429.pdf Docket ID: NRC-2011-0012 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 10 CFR 60 and 61

They claim to have not anticipated enriching so much uranium in the US, when the earlier rules were written. This appears strange, because that’s when many nuclear reactors were just recently built, and some still under construction, though it was a few years after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Perhaps they didn’t plan on enriching uranium to be exported to other countries, as appears currently the case?

But, there seems to be more to it than that. The real issue here appears to be the diluting of nuclear waste with fillers of various sorts (or mixing more and less radioactive waste together), so that it can be declared sufficiently low level waste for responsibility…

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HAVE YOUR SAY #Boycott Toshiba and #Stop Moorside

#StopMoorside Giant Postcard

#StopMoorside Giant Postcard

#StopMoorside

#StopMoorside

Hundreds are Already Boycotting Toshiba because of Moorside!

Join the Hundreds Already Boycotting Toshiba because of Moorside

*URGENT TAKE ACTION* : Moorside’s first sham consultation ends on the 25th July. The developers, NuGen are inviting people to contact them and “Have Your Say” on this first of a series of CONsultations.

People attending the consultation events are being told by NuGen (60% Toshiba and 40% GDF Suez now Engie) that “nothing will stop the development”   but that people can “help shape the plans.”  

The only shape we want is…

NO   NO  NO

The CONsultation says    “Have Your Say”  (!!!)

Send snail mail to NuGen at:  Freepost, Moorside, Have Your Say

Email: haveyoursay@nugeneration.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@NuGenltd

Tel: 0800 157 7352

 

Write in your own words – here are some ideas and more info below

Dear NuGen

*I will be Boycotting Toshiba products as a direct result of your aggressive push for new untried untested reactors near to the worlds most dangerous radioactive wastes at Sellafield.

 

*Any consultation that is predetermined is not a consultation but a pretence

 

*In 2007 the High Court found that the government’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations was “unlawful”

 

*New international studies provide “strong evidence” that nuclear power is a cause of leukaemia and other radiation linked diseases

 

*The cooling for Moorside would result in a.churning up the already radioactively contaminated sediments of the Irish Sea bed   b. heating the Irish Sea and c. cooling towers sending vapour plumes from the Irish Sea over Lakeland.

 

*The AP1000 “passive containment cooling” in case of an accident involves millions of gallons of water sitting on top of the three reactors. Apart from other concerns this makes for three dangerously top heavy installations in the vicinity of the worlds most dangerous wastes. The AP1000 reactor design has been criticised as unsafe by former nuclear regulator Arnie Gundersen and others.

 

*The Copeland Local Plan 2001 -2016 says that there should be: NO NEW HAZARDOUS DEVELOPMENT or POPULATION INCREASE NEAR SELLAFIELD

 

References:

 

NUGEN CONsultation   http://www.nugenconsultation.com/contact-us/

 

Government loses nuclear power case

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/feb/15/nuclear.greenpolitics1

 

Radiogenic Risks Strong Evidence

http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/update-new-powerful-study-shows-radiogenic-risks-of-leukemia-in-workers-more-than-double-the-previous-estimate/

 

We Need to Talk About Moorside – with Arnie Gundersen

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/exciting-news-arnie-gundersen-in-keswick-talk-on-11th-march/

 

Useful Info:

Moorside Report by Radiation Free Lakeland 19.9.14

Greenmoorside stretches from Sellafield towards Calder Bridge, Braystones and Beckermet and to the Irish Sea. The river Ehen, designated as a Special Area of Conservation runs alongside the boundary. The consortium wanting to build the reactors is called NUGEN. NUGEN is 60% owned by Toshiba (merged with Hitachi) who designed, built and serviced the reactors, which directly contributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster n…

https://mariannewildart.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/moorside-rafl-report-19-9-141.pdf

 

 

Moorside Land Grab Report by Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

Land Grab by NuGen, with compulsory purchase on the cards, as the “biggest construction project in Europe” more than doubles in size – from 200 to 552 hectares of farmland adjacent to Sellafield…..The permanent works – outside the ‘boundary for reactors’ – will include an electricity sub- station, spent reactor fuel and nuclear waste stores and a visitor centre. This sprawl of temporary and permanent facilities outside the rectors’ boundary are likely to ruffle more than a few local feathers, particularly among property and land owners within the Additional Scoping Land who face the prospect of having their assets compulsory purchased.

http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/recent-additions/land-grab-by-nugen/

 

Moorside Consultation -Nuclear Free Local Authorities

It is doubtful whether a site such as Sellafield with questionable geology and remote from where electricity is needed would have been selected without the lobbying undertaken by the industry and trade unions based at Sellafield. Moorside’s geology, has been described by Amec as: ‘difficult to construct a nuclear power station … the depth to reach bed rock is so great that construction is unreasonable – it is not the most favourable site and currently has significant commercial disadvantages’.

http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/docs/nuclearmonitor/NFLA_New_Nuclear_Monitor_No38.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expanding Nuclear Military Fences – How Much of Cumbria Will Be Sacrificed?

from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment have written a new report:

“Land Grab by NuGen, with compulsory purchase on the cards, sees the “biggest construction project in Europe” more than double in size – from 200 to 552 hectares of farmland adjacent to Sellafield. Consultation documents published by NuGen on its new-build plans suggest a belated realisation by the developer that, given the topography, geology and other constraints of the Moorside site, three first of a kind AP1000 reactors, plus all the associated paraphernalia needed to construct, operate and service them, were never going to be squeezed into the land originally purchased from the NDA in 2009. It was from within this original land parcel of 200 hectares that NuGen subsequently projected that ‘the most suitable 100 ha would be selected for the nuclear power station’. Today, however, NuGen says that ‘the generating elements of the power station would cover some 200 hectares’ (EIA Scoping Report Vol 1 page 22, para 2.2.1) – the whole of the originally purchased land area and not just 100 hectares within it. The knock-on effect of this doubling of the reactor area from 100 to 200 hectares is the dramatic expansion of the overall West Cumbrian land area now required for investigation – from 200 to 552 hectares (EIA Scoping Report Vol 1, page 22, Para 2.2.1). The figures below show the extent of the Moorside mission creep from 200 to 552ha. The underestimate of the extent of land required for Moorside is echoed by a similar underestimate of the four year build time claimed for each of its projected AP1000 reactors – a timeline that NuGen knows to be wholly at odds with the current Westinghouse experience overseas. The VC Summer twin reactors for example, also scheduled to be built in four years, are currently in their 6th and 7th year of construction respectively and still nowhere near completion – let alone the production of electricity.”

CORE has “warned West Cumbria to wake up to NuGen’s implausible plans and timescales, to wise up to the misleading claims of Westinghouse and to reject the inevitable debacle of Moorside in favour of Cumbria’s clean, green and sustainable renewables potential”.

We agree – although we are unsure whether the land has been purchased or “there is an option” to purchase,  either way the NDA have absolutely NO RIGHT to sell this land, bought with public money, to the developers responsible for Fukushima.

We do not recognise any sale of this land to NuGen (Toshiba and Engie/GDF Suez) as either legitimate or ethical.

NuGen originally suggested there would be no cooling towers (other AP1000 being constructed have towers up to 209 metres) , now say there would be both cooling towers and a huge heat exchanger installation at sea churning up the radioactive sediments which already return to Cumbria’s beaches with every tide.

The Stop Moorside petition now stands at 7,926 signatures – please sign, share and resist this diabolic proposal.  If you are a member of groups who should be shouting about this – urge them to SHOUT OUT.  Put banners on hillsides, posters in windows, Boycott Toshiba  …

Come On and  #Stop Moorside!

A dodgy video but it shows the area planned to be directly sacrificed

Trains Spotters Encouraged to “Celebrate 20 years” of Nuclear Transport

Nuclear Trains

Nuclear Trains
“Celebrate 20 years”

Yesterday was surreal.  Thousands of train enthusiasts descended on the back road train depot of Kingmoor in Carlisle encouraged by Direct Rail Services  to “celebrate 20 years” in a Charity Open Day.  The £5 entrance fee going to ‘charity’ i.e. cash strapped local hospitals and good causes that in ‘austerity’ free days would be funded by government.

Now the Nuclear industry can show off its largesse while the public pay for the privilege of shunting nuclear wastes around our towns and villages.

The demographic attending the Open Day was largely eager older men with their notebooks and cameras at the ready to photograph the engines.  The train enthusiasts were interspersed with families with excited young children running down to meet the DRS teddy bear and the nuclear freight engines.

Direct Rail Services is wholly owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and was set up specifically to haul radioactive wastes to Sellafield for reprocessing.  Reprocessing increases the volume of wastes x 180, much of it spewing out to the Irish Sea every day.  DRS has teamed up with Stobarts and Tesco and now hauls other freight as well as nuclear waste, but make no mistake nuclear waste is the sole reason why this state owned railway is in operation.   Campaigners welcome state owned railways carrying both freight and passengers but it is way past time to stop the transport of highly radioactive nuclear materials through our cities towns and villages.

Incredibly this was the very first time that the DRS depot at Carlisle has been targeted by campaigners…way beyond time!    The DRS security guy kindly told campaigners that they could use the  facilities, but only one at a time and only escorted by security …..and then bizarrely the portaloos were checked after us!  If only they kept such a close eye on the nuclear waste which once it arrives at Sellafield is dumped into the air, sea, landfill, even pots and pans.  Many people we spoke to during the day were unaware that DRS haul nuclear waste.

We were also told that we couldn’t take a gieger counter anywhere inside the depot as “it isn’t that kind of day”  ……

Many thanks to Campaigners who joined us from members of the public and representatives from: Radiation Free Lakeland, Close Capenhurst Campaign, Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND and Kendal Green Party.

We ran out of leaflets so here it is for those who didn’t get one on the day….

Welcome to DRS Open Day! 2015

Welcome to DRS Open Day! 2015

UK Nuclear Power Faces Opposition on All Sides: Local & in the EU

Originally posted on Mining Awareness Plus:


Great Speech by Nikki Clark of Southwest Against Nuclear. (Only 6 minutes long. link http://youtu.be/Cw3N1laEDDI)

From Greenpeace:
UK’s proposed Hinkley C nuclear power plant faces resistance on all sides Blogpost by Justin McKeating – 16 July, 2015 at 14:00

The plans for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley in the UK are too expensive, too late, won’t help cut greenhouse gas emissions, violate EU competition law, and will distort Europe’s energy markets.

On 6 July 2015, Greenpeace Energy, together with German and Austrian energy utilities, filed a legal challenge in the European Courts against the EU Commission’s decision to rubberstamp billions of euros in state subsidies for new nuclear reactors at the Hinkley nuclear power plant in the UK.

The filing argues these massively subsidised reactors will influence energy prices in Europe and grossly distort competition.

In a similar filing, the Austrian government submitted a complaint to the European Court…

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