Former Chief Scientific Advisor to Government questions ‘voluntarist’ approach to Nuke Dump in Leaky Cumbria

In a letter to new DECC minister Ed Davey Environment Group member of Cumbria Churches Together, Sir Martin Holdgate has said ‘While community acceptance of any possible repository site is of course desirable, the imperative is its environmental suitability for thousands of years to come. A bad site remains a bad site even if it currently has a willing community, while a good site will be safe effectively forever, whoever lives on top of it. We hope that you will take full responsibility for this vital issue back to where it properly resides, in Central Government, and not leave it unfairly on the shoulders of the local authorities of Cumbria.’

Sir Martin Holdgate has served as chief environment scientist and chief scientific adviser to the UK Government, chairman of the UK Energy Advisory Panel, director general of the World Conservation Union and president of the Zoological Society. Sir Martin now lives in retirement in Cumbria and is a member of the Environment Group of Churches Together in Cumbria.

Lamb Deformities caused by Midge Virus? Or ….. cumulative radiation …. anyone asking?

” Whole-body doses of gamma radiation administered to ewes between days 22 and 25 of gestation produced deformities of the thoracic limbs in their lambs (8). Exposure of ewes to radiation between days 23 and 27 caused a high occurrence of defective pelvic limbs in their lambs (8). Prognathia and palatoschisis resulted when ewes were irradiated at days 24 and 27 of gestation (8).
The diprosopus abnormality, characterized by the presence of 2 faces with a single head on a single trunk, is one of the rarest craniofacial malformations. A broad spectrum of abnormalities has been described in the literature, with malformations ranging from partial duplication of specific structures, such as the nose, eyes, or mouth, to complete facial duplication. Facial duplication has been associated with other congenital abnormalities, including cleft lip and palate (9), and cardiac defects, particularly ventricular septal defects (10). Embryonic duplications are of importance, because they are usually associated with dystocia and reproductive loss. Although duplications always arouse interest, there is little information available as to their cause”.

Radiation Risks from Fukushima no longer negligible


The Future Children of Fukushima

Occupation of Langborough Farm, Somerset

Today in court EDF is pushing for an injunction against ALL anti nuclear campaigners

Radiation Free Lakeland send their full support and antinuclear solidarity – wish we could be there today to support in Court!

This is the second film made about the occupation of Langborough Farm on the proposed site of Hinkley C – one of the new wave of nuclear power stations the coalition Government have given the go ahead for.
It is a video diary made by one of the protestors, Theo Simon, and spans the first two weeks of the farm occupation. It includes visits from Mr Hurry, the man responsible for an emergency nuclear response, Tessa Munt, MP for Wells and Glastonbury, and an inordinate number of files delivered for EDF to the camp by Squire and Sanders, their corporate lawyers.

Everybody’s got a price ? Lord Clark, MRWS and the Lake District National Park

Cumbrians opposing the MRWS (Managing Radioactive Wastes Safely) charade use their own funds to attend meetings and expose the lies.
Meanwhile the government quango tasked with looking after the interests of the Lake District (Lake District National Park) are in receipt of money from the government quango tasked with “steps towards geological disposal (MRWS).

Lord Clark non executive director of Sellafield is on a salary ‘not in the public domain’ he is also chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership. Lake District National Park meetings chaired by Lord Clark reveal a bias as he talks up the safety and economic importance of Sellafield and new nuclear developments while playing down the risks.

Under his chairmanship the LDNPA SUPPORTS dangerous new build (9 new reactors) at Sellafield and is going merrily along on ‘steps towards geological disposal’ of high level nuclear waste under Cumbria.

Is this too cosy relationship illegal or classed as bribery – probably not? But evidence shows that the LDNPA has become a lapdog rather than a watchdog when it comes to the nuclearisation of Cumbria.

Date: 14 February 2012 14:35:25 GMT
To: <>
Subject: Freedom of Info request MRWS monies?

Dear Richard,

As you know the LDNPA supports proposed new build at Sellafield (up to
nine reactors) and is content to ‘work with partners on steps towards
geological disposal.’

The LDNP Partnership chairman is also a non executive director of Sellafield.
Lord Clark’s salary as non executive Sellafield director is ‘not in the
public’ domain even under the Freedom of Information Act.

Under the Freedom of Information Act Radiation Free Lakeland would like to
know how much money has been paid and/or is scheduled to be paid to the
LDNP from WC:MRWS or MRWS Managing Radioactive Wastes Safely?

Many thanks

yours sincerely,


Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland

2012_02_22 FOI response M Birkby

Keswick Town Council Votes For a Nuclear Dump

This Place is Best Shunned and Left Uninhabited
This Place is Best Shunned and Left Uninhabited

[“Landscape of Thorns”, concept by Michael Brill and drawing by Safdar Abidi, from Marking the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for 10,000 Years]

It has been confirmed that Keswick Town Council has, rather bizarrely given the town’s reputation as tourist hot spot, voted to carry on the government ‘steps towards geological disposal.’

The vote was 5 for and 5 against with the town’s mayor throwing the casting vote while talking about the jobs that a geological disposal facility would bring. This contrasts starkly with the emphatic NO from Cockermouth Town Council, and Seaton and Above Derwent Parish Councils who have cited the threat to jobs in tourism and agriculture as just one of the very good reasons to say No. Tourism alone is worth 2bn per year to the Cumbrian economy with over 32,000 direct jobs in contrast to the nuclear industry. The combined civil nuclear workforce in the whole of the North West including Heysham is around 23,000.

The jobs provided by a geological dump would be around 500 according to the Nuclear Industry Association – what they don’t say is that the jobs provided by continually repacking the waste as safely as possible into eternity, rather than dumping it underground would be of far greater number and over a far longer period of time.

In other words the jobs argument in favour of a geological dump does not stack up and we have not even brought agriculture into the equation.

From one of the voting Keswick Councillors

The Mayor “made clear his views but did not vote the first time.
Then when we tied 5/5 he took a re-vote, after it was made clear by him
and others that he would as is quite proper vote this time. So there is
nothing dodgy here”

Seaton Parish Council says No to Nuclear Dump

‘Trust Us’

The parish council of “One of the largest villages in England” voted unanimously* last night to reject continuing on any further steps to a geological dump 1000 metres deep x 26 km square. Seaton joins Cockermouth Town Council and Above Derwent Parish Council in emphatically rejecting the government’s orchestrated campaign to turn Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.

*two Allerdale Borough Councillors abstained so as not to prejudice a future Borough Council vote on this issue. Top of the pile movers and shakers in Cumbria have no such qualms about conflicts of interests with Lord Clark in the position of Lake District National Park Partnership Chairman whilst in receipt of monies from his non executive directorship of Sellafield.

Seaton is a civil parish and one of the largest villages in England,housing 4,861 people.Historically a part of Cumberland, it is situated next to the town of Workington and the village of Camerton along the River Derwent and dates back at least to Medieval times. It forms part of the Borough of Allerdale.

Above Derwent Parish Council Says NO to Nuclear Dump

Adopted Position of Above Derwent Parish Council by unanimous resolution no. 245-11/12
15th February 2012

We believe that “West Cumbria” should now withdraw from the MRWS process because:
 We have no confidence in the Right of Withdrawal
 We are convinced by the argument that nowhere in Cumbria has suitable
 We believe that it is a waste of time and money to continue the process in
Cumbria when there are other, more promising, areas in England
 Continuing the process puts part of the National Park and its tourist and
agricultural businesses at risk
 We consider that the potential economic benefits to Cumbria do not justify
searching for a site in unsuitable geology or spoiling part of a national park
 We have concerns that Government’s aspiration to accelerate the MRWS
process will lead to corner-cutting
 We have concerns about safety, particularly gas emissions
 There is insufficient information about additional waste and the inherent
increased risk
 Far too little information is available on impacts for the community to make
a meaningful Decision to Participate.

Above Derwent Adopted Position on MRWS Feb 2012

Cockermouth, Birthplace of Wordsworth says NO to Nuclear Dump

William Wordsworth

“There’s joy in the mountains, there’s life in the fountains”

In friday’s Times and Star on page 7 there is an unobtrusive item tucked in the Cockermouth Town Council Notices. Item number 11 is sandwiched in-between “pot hole repairs” and “permission to use memorial gardens.” Former Allerdale Borough Councillor and Seaton Parish Councillor Joe Sandwith describes it as “The most important decision Cockermouth Town Council has ever made or is ever likely to make.” Item number 11 in the Town Council notices describes “Cockermouth Town Council voted against going to the next stage of consultation for an underground radioactive waste repository in West Cumbria.”

The irony is of course that only the “Decision Making Bodies” of Allerdale and Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council will be given the right of veto. Cumbria County Councillors in 2008 were furious that they were not allowed to vote on the initial “expression of interest” which was swept in by a handful of people on the “Decision Making Body.”

It matters hugely that Cockermouth Town Council has said No to going to the next stage on the ‘steps towards geological disposal’ and other town and parish councils will follow their lead. The so called Decision Making Bodies have no moral mandate as was pointed out by Cumbria County Councillors back in 2008.

Field Notes 20th Nov 2008 Cumbria County Council’s “expression of interest”

Nuclear dump in Cumbria ?– it’s a ‘done deal’ in Essex!

Wake up and smell the stinky roses!

Save Our Lake District – Don’t Dump Cumbria! today learned that Essex County Council has said it will send its radioactive Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from Bradwell to Cumbria for disposal in a repository.

Essex County Council & Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s views are set out in a November 2011 Waste Development Document (WDD), paras 3.35. and 3.36. [1] A consultation on the proposals has just ended.

In the document, the Councils make it clear that they expect to send waste from decommissioning the current Bradwell reactor to ‘the National Repository for Radioactive waste in Cumbria’. They also say that the waste arising from the new reactors proposed for Bradwell will not be kept in Essex, but instead needs ‘to be considered in the context of the future national repository arrangements and not with the WDD’.

Council leaders in Copeland and Cumbria have constantly assured Cumbrians that the plans for a dump here are ‘not a done deal’. But the paper from Essex indicates that it looks very much like a ‘done deal’ to that Council.

Dr Ruth Balogh of SOLD DDC! said

‘We warned the Councils that as soon as they ‘expressed an interest’ in hosting the national dump, it would be viewed by other areas in the UK as a green light for them to make plans to send their waste here. We wonder how many other authorities are taking the same approach as Essex and now effectively view Cumbria as the UK’s nuclear waste dump?

‘The papers from Essex are precisely the sort of thing the West Cumbria MRWS Partnership should be discussing. With government and regulators involved, it is supposed to work as an effective forum for sharing just this kind of information. Yet it has cancelled all its meetings since November, when these proposals were first made public.

‘The Partnership must hold an immediate investigation to find out precisely what has been discussed in Essex. All communication between the Partnership and Essex must then be published. This should be done before 23rd March when the consultation over possible next steps on nuclear waste disposal closes. The people of West Cumbria deserve nothing less than total honesty on such crucial matters.

‘Failure to act by the Partnership will only lead to concerns that it is content to allow West Cumbria to be viewed as the national nuclear dump.’


Further information:

Save Our Lake District, Don’t Dump Cumbria! consists of people concerned about the impact of a nuclear dump on the future of Cumbria and the Lake District.

Its website is

Further inquiries:

Through the website to Dr Ruth Balogh
Nuclear issues campaigner, W Cumbria & N Lakes FoE and founder member of SOLD – DDC!

1.Essex County Council & Southend–on–Sea Borough Council Waste Development Document: Preferred Options November 2011


Radioactive Wastes
3.35 Bradwell Nuclear Power Facility which is being de-commissioned is the principal source of radioactive waste arisings within the Plan area. A small amount of other radioactive waste is generated by hospitals and academic/research organisations in the Plan area. The arisings
comprise Very Low Level (VLLW), Low Level (LLW) and some Intermediate Level (ILW) Radioactive Wastes. During the decommissioning process of the Bradwell Nuclear Power facility there is a need for storage, treatment and disposal of these wastes, and this is being addressed through an existing planning permission allowing for ILW to be managed and stored before this
is exported to the National Repository for Radioactive waste in Cumbria.
3.36 The government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) for Nuclear Power Generation(22), is considering the Bradwell site alongside other sites nationally for future nuclear energy development. If the Bradwell site is selected as one of the suitable sites for nuclear energy development, then there would be further arisings of ILW in the Plan area. The fate of these materials depends on the progress of the Government on the new national geological radioactive
waste repository to replace the existing repository at Cumbria. ILW is of national importance and would need to be considered in the context of the future national repository arrangements and not with the WDD.