A Holy Well – Lake District

Visited this Holy Well today, one of many in the Lake District.
A natural cave carved out by water, this is in the south of the county.
It is truly amazing and beautiful. Most are in the north of Cumbria.

Below is an extract from an article published by The Whitehaven News in 2010- saying that not enough is made of Cumbria’s Holy Wells.
The same year the government said it “is satisfied that geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste, including waste from new nuclear power stations, is technically achievable and that a suitable site can be identified for the geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste” ……….UNHOLY WELLS NO THANKS!

THE SEARCH FOR WEST CUMBRIA’S HOLY WELLS
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Alan Cleaver peers into Cumbria’s holy wells…
In many parts of the country, holy wells have been restored and have become popular tourist spots and helped preserve a valuable part of our history. Only Stanger Spa in West Cumbria has been rescued to date but it would be nice to see more made of the likes of Gosforth holy well.
Various attempts have been made to catalogue the wells before they vanish completely.

Earthquake, Flood + Nuke Waste = No Problem says ‘independent’ geologist

Today’s Westmorland Gazette has an article on the recent Managing Radioactive Waste Safely ‘drop in’ at Kendal Town Hall. A respectful affair, even so, many people voiced their concerns about the proposed mine 1000m deep x 26 km square filled with nuclear wastes.

Previously at the Millom ‘drop in’ ‘independent’ geologist Jeremy Dearlove said:
“if anyone questions my intellectual independence I will kill them” This outburst prompted me to look up Dr Dearlove’s CV and indeed it does indicates strong ties/funding from the nuclear industry – thats not a crime of course – but there is an agenda being pushed forcefully along.

Given the fact that the ‘drop in’ days are supposed to be an event for the public to air their concerns rather than have them airbrushed away, the following comment if correctly reported was surprising:

“independent geologist Jeremy Dearlove said he did not believe that heavy
rainfall or earthquakes would cause radioactive waste to rise or get into
the water courses”.

There you go – its all fine ..

Today in the Times and Star

NUCLEAR DEBATE: RADIATION FREE LAKELAND
By Marianne Birkby, founder of Radiation Free Lakeland, an anti-nuclear group set up in 2008

Last updated at 21:16, Thursday, 19 January 2012
The last government set up a quango called Managing Radioactive Waste Safely.

JUST SAY NO: Marianne Birkby, of Radiation Free Lakeland
RELATED: Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership

MRWS aims to give lucrative contracts, courtesy of the taxpayer, to private companies for a mine 3,280ft deep by 269 sq ft.

Put in perspective, Scafell Pike is 3,208ft. Imagine that size mine filled with high-level radioactive waste by 2026, setting a world first.

MRWS has said further investigation of Cumbria’s geology is needed.

Really? Cumbria is one of the most investigated geological areas in the UK with a long history of mining.

Mines were abandoned – not because the resource failed, but because of the energy needed for de-watering. An area of “high rainfall, permeable rocks and hills and mountains to drive the water flow” would guarantee migration to the surface (1999 UK Government sponsored video, Pangea).

A public inquiry and appeal agreed with Cumbria County Council 15 years ago that the risk of radioactive waste migrating to the surface was too great for geological disposal of intermediate level waste.

Today, that same authority is a partner in the plan which now includes high-level waste.

A nuclear dump would blight Cumbria’s major industries of agriculture and tourism.

Even before the placement of waste, the mining operation would rival the biggest in the world.

It would disrupt Cumbria’s fragile water table and add to earthquake risk.

Cumbria should be assured of essential infrastructure from central government such as schools, roads and hospitals without being bribed by a community benefits package.

MRWS said a facility would not be built unless it would be safe during its operations and for future generations.

Its advice contradicts Dr Adrian Bath, who said: “Geological disposal safety plans do not assume that total containment by engineered barrier systems for ever is possible.”

The MRWS inventory of waste to go in the dump is meaningless, as the plan includes existing waste and new build waste from untried high burn nuclear power plants.

The Gosforth/Eskdale area was ruled out by the Nirex Inquiry. New criteria have been written to rule Longlands Farm back in.

MRWS is now sinking taxpayers’ millions into a timetabled process too big to fail.

There would already be a geological nuclear dump in the Gosforth/Eskdale area if the county council had not opposed it 15 years ago.

http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/politics/span-style-color-red-nuclear-debate-span-radiation-free-lakeland-1.916580?referrerPath=news

CONsultation – A Quick Guide

Say NO to ‘STEPS TOWARDS GEOLOGICAL DISPOSAL’
Radiation Free Lakeland’s Quick Guide to the CONsultation Questions

The Consultation is a sham and invites Cumbria to be uncertain. A “Not Sure/Partly” answer would result in continuing “steps”

1.1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s initial opinions on geology? NO
1.2 The Partnership says “further investigation” is needed. West Cumbria is one of the most investigated geological areas in the country with a long history of mining. Mines were abandoned not because they were mined out, but because of the energy needed to dewater them. Areas of “high rainfall, permeable rocks and hills and mountains to drive the water flow” would guarantee leakage to the surface (1999 Government sponsored video – Pangea)

2.1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s initial opinions on safety, security and planning? NO
2.2 This Government aims to put “first wastes into the repository by 2029.” A Public Inquiry and Appeal agreed with Cumbria County Council’s view 15 years ago that the risk was too great for geological disposal of intermediate level wastes. Today’s plan includes high level wastes – a world first.

3.1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s initial opinions on the impacts, both positive and negative of a repository in West Cumbria. NO
3.2 A nuclear dump would blight both agriculture and tourism- Cumbria’s largest industries. Even before the emplacement of wastes’ the mining operation would rival the biggest mines in the world adding to the earthquake risk and disrupting West Cumbria’s water table

4. 1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s Community Benefits Package? NO
4.2 West Cumbria should be assured of essential infrastructure such as schools, roads and hospitals without being bribed.

5.1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s initial opinions on design and engineering? NO
5.2 The Partnership says that “ A facility will not be built unless it will be safe during its operations and for future generations.” Their own advice contradicts this: “Geological disposal safety plans do not assume that total containment by engineered barrier systems for ever is possible.” Dr Adrian Bath

6.1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s initial opinions on the inventory? NO
6.2 The inventory is meaningless as this plan includes existing wastes (which are already outside of the scope of any inventory) and new build wastes from untried “high burn” nuclear power plants.

7. 1 Do you agree with the Partnership’s initial opinions for siting a repository? NO
7.2 Longlands Farm and the surrounding area was ruled out by the Nirex Inquiry. New criteria have been written to rule Longlands Farm back in.

8.1 What are your views on whether the areas covered by Allerdale and/or Copeland Borough Councils should take part in the search for somewhere to put a repository without any commitment to have it?
This is a cunning plan to keep the process and the nuclear agenda on track. The government are sinking tax payer £millions into a timetabled ‘process’ “too big to fail.”

There would be a geological nuclear dump NOW in the Eskdale area if CCC had not opposed the plan 15 years ago.

COUNCILS SHOULD SAY A STRONG NO NOW TO THE GEOLOGICAL DUMPING OF NUCLEAR WASTES

The CONsultation is here – ends on 23rd March:
http://www.westcumbriamrws.org.uk/

email/write copies of your CONsultation to the councils
Cumbria County Council eddie.martin@cumbria.gov.uk
Allerdale Borough Council alan.smith@allerdale.gov.uk
Copeland Borough Council elaine.woodburn@copeland.gov.uk

“Scandalous” Geological Dump – Westmorland Gazette Editorial 20 years ago!

On this day 19 years ago The Westmorland Gazette’s editor said:

” Deep-seated worries about the THORP and NIREX proposals are being cynically brushed aside. The Government it seems, has already decided that West Cumbria is the place to launder spent nuclear fuel, no matter what the consequences. What other conclusion is there to be drawn after the events of the past week?”

“First, we had housing and planning minister Sir George Young rejecting renewed calls for a special planning inquiry commission into the Nirex underground nuclear waste repository, despite a report suggesting that Sellafield was a poor site geologically.”

“Then HM Inspectorate of Pollution announced that it could not consider 30,000 letters against the commissioning of THORP re-processing plant because they had been sent in before the consultation period began, though why this should make them any less valid is difficult to imagine.”

“Both decisions should be overturned immediately. It is nothing short of scandalous that matters of such deep concern and of such frightening ramifications should be dealt with in such an off-handed and ill-considered manner.”

Westmorland Gazette Editorial January 13th 1993

Whatever happened to nuclear cynicism from editors?
Have two decades of grooming turned the press nuclear cynicism into nuclear slavishness?
Double page adverts in every cash strapped local paper helps the slavishness or is that being cynical?
Maybe this is a complete disservice and Cumbria’s editors will soon swing into the kind of action seen in 1993 opposing a geological dump and ever more reprocessing?

Virtual Postcard for Cumbria – No Nuke Dump!

Virtual Postcard - No Nuke Dump!

A Virtual Postcard

To Cumbria County Council, Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils,

We know enough about Cumbria’s geology to say NO to geological disposal.

The graphic above is taken directly from a UK government sponsored video.* It illustrates what would happen to the geological disposal of nuclear wastes in….

….AREAS OF HIGH RAINFALL, PERMEABLE ROCKS AND
HILLS AND MOUNTAINS TO DRIVE THE WATER FLOW”

*following the failure of Nirex’s (British Government) push for geological disposal of nuclear wastes in Cumbria, the British Government sponsored a project called Pangea. Aimed at ‘disposing’ of nuclear wastes in Australia. The graphics above are from the Pangea video of 1999. Australians said ‘NO THANKS!’
Cue Cumbria 2012.

Please forward this virtual post card with your name, address and any comments to the council leaders:
Cumbria County Council eddie.martin@cumbria.gov.uk
Allerdale Borough Council alan.smith@allerdale.gov.uk
Copeland Borough Council elaine.woodburn@copeland.gov.uk

info:
Pangea video – sponsored by the UK government
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjBSAlu0hjM

New Year, New Friends? OR Complicit Silence?

The New Year sort out of cupboards has unearthed an interesting find.  It is the Spring 1997 issue of the FRIENDS OF THE LAKE DISTRICT newsletter.  FLD has “much cause for celebration.  We could not have hoped for better news and the decision has been greeted with delight by local people, local authorities and environmental groups alike”.  In 1997 FLD celebrate their strong and active opposition to the Nirex proposal that would lead to an underground dump for intermediate level nuclear wastes in West Cumbria. Friends of the Lake District 1997

This contrasts with mute acceptance and advertising of the present charade of a consultation with the aim of dumping high level wastes under the guise of “Managing Radioactive Wastes Safely.”

 

 

http://www.fld.org.uk/invitation-to-participate-in-west-cumbria-managing-radioactive-waste-safely-mrws-consultation.html

Maybe the FLD will ‘swing into action’ at some point in the future? The time for action is now – before the government sink ever more taxpayer millions into making this titanic dump too big to fail.

Please write to Friends of the Lake District and urge them to at least take the same active opposing stance that they did to the lower level and much smaller waste dump that they successfully opposed in the 90’s. Without that opposition there would already be a big hole filled with nuclear wastes in the ground in the Eskdale area NOW! The government will continue doggedly on ‘steps towards geological disposal’ and if there is no opposition ……

Write to:
Executive Director: Andrew Forsyth
Friends of the Lake District
Murley Moss,
Oxenholme Road,
Kendal, Cumbria
LA9 7SS

t. 01539 720788
f. 01539 730355
e. info@fld.org.uk