Ennerdale Nukiller Dump
Ennerdale Nukiller Dump

A letter to Tim Farron has been sent asking who called for the all party
Committee of MPs to look into nuclear waste.

Jamie Reed MP accusingly suggests that opposing voices are funded
from outside Cumbria. There is NO “outside funding” for opposition
groups, the scientists who are blowing the whistle are not being funded by
the taxpayer but out of their own purse and from those ordinary people in
Cumbria who do not want to be poisoned. It is of increasing concern that
those bodies such as Cumbria Tourism, Friends of the Lake District and the
Lake District National Park who should not only be funding but leading the
opposition, are going along with the plan. The only concerns being raised
are how to protect the brand! For goodness sake, protecting Cumbria
would be a good start.

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: CUmbrian Committee of MPs Nuclear Waste
From: mariannebirkby@mariannebirkby.plus.com
Date: Wed, October 31, 2012 2:25 pm
To: tim@timfarron.co.uk

Dear Tim,

I have just seen that an all party committee of MPs is going to look at
the government plan for a nuclear dump under Cumbria.


The contrast between MPs in Cumbria and MPs in Kent who opposed any plan
for a nuclear waste dump under Kent from the outset is marked!

Radiation Free Lakeland would be very grateful if you could let us know
the following..

who called the committee?

which experts will be called to speak to the committee?

what is the agenda and aim of the committee?

I notice that Jamie Reed MP is suggesting that opposing voices are funded
from outside Cumbria. There is NO “outside funding” for opposition
groups, the scientists who are blowing the whistle are not being funded by
the taxpayer but out of their own purse and from those ordinary people in
Cumbria who do not want to be poisoned. It is of increasing concern that
those bodies such as Cumbria Tourism, Friends of the Lake District and the
Lake District National Park who should not only be funding but leading the
opposition, are going along with the plan. The only concerns being raised
are how to protect the brand! For goodness sake, protecting Cumbria
would be a good start.

This diabolic plan for Cumbria should be headline news instead it is
underplayed and normalised at every opportunity.

Attached is a presentation from Professor David Smythe, just one of the
scientists blowing the whistle. He will be in Cumbria in November and we
urge you to invite him to speak to the Cumbrian Committee of MPs’ along
with Dr Helen Wallace and Professor Stuart Haszeldine.

with best regards,


Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

DECC’s nuclear agenda “may be putting the public at risk” say Quakers in Britain

Photo by Gareth Harrison
Photo by Gareth Harrison

Ed Davey, Secretary of State DECC
3 Whitehall Place London SW1A 2AW
17 October 2012

Dear Ed Davey,
I am writing on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings, the standing consultative committee of Quakers in Britain, to express our deep unease over the proposed planning process for citing nuclear storage in Cumbria. We ask for your assurance that any planning enquiry will meet the highest standards of integrity and transparency.

We are concerned that by focussing on local political support rather than geological suitability current planning processes may be putting the public at risk. When the national nuclear industry body, NIREX, previously sought planning permission for a disposal of nuclear waste in Cumbria, the inspector considering the application turned it down, on the basis that the site “is not suitable for the proposed repository” and that “safety was not treated as the most important discriminative factor.”

We would ask for your assurance that any planning process will be conducted in an objective and methodical manner; that the issue of public safety will be paramount; and that geological suitability rather than local support will be determinative in considering where and whether waste is to be stored. We would ask also that there will be adequate opportunity for considering all reasoned objections.

Christine Cannon

Signed on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings
Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Telephone 020 7663 1000 Fax 020 7663 1001
Internet http://www.quaker.org.uk Email enquiries@quaker.org.uk Registered charity number 1127633

“Radioactive Intrigue” A letter in the Keswick Reminder

Excellent letter in last Friday’s Keswick Reminder

THE KESWICK REMINDER Friday. 21St September, 2012

Dear Editor

Radioactive intrigue

‘you really couldn’t make it up’

I am intrigued by recent developments regarding the proposal for the high level
nuclear waste repository. After years of precisely no information as to where it
might be sited we now learn that it could be, on the one hand, under Ennerdale or
Eskdale in the heart of the English Lake District or, on the other, on the coastal
strip near Silloth.

Apparently they are positively delighted (not) in Silloth. Here in the Lake District
our response appears to he muted in comparison, but more on that later.

Either way, the fact that the geology in Cumbria has already been shown to be
fundamentally wrong and was rejected by a former planning inspector and a previous
government, after millions were spent on highly detailed geological research leading
up to the Nirex Inquiry in the 1990s, does not appear to have deterred one bit those
in favor of the project who are now arguing, or so it seems, that while the geology
is flawed it may have to do.

All that happened before has been conveniently forgotten in this latest,
increasingly desperate bid to find an underground location for nuclear waste.

This proposal, if it goes ahead, is sheer madness and environmental vandalism of the
worst order

The stakes regarding this brand of vandalism are massively high and irreversible.
You can repair a broken window or a shattered street light or a bus shelter, but the
effects of high level nuclear waste polluting the water cycle of the Lake District
and Cumbria does not bear thinking about. But that, I fear, is precisely what it
could do once the highly toxic waste emerges, probably sooner than later, from its
gigantic cavern in the flawed geology beneath one of the most outwardly beautiful
places on the planet.

This the stuff bf nightmares – and is usually consigned to script ,writers for plots
relating to futuristic sci-fi horror movies. You really couldn’t make it up — ‘they
planned to put plutonium under the Lake District, ignoring the warnings of eminent
geologists. They said it would be fine, but then it broke loose

Back in the real world the decision day for local councils has been extended from
October 11 to early January 2013. Why? The official line is that the decision was
deferred so that our elected leaders (the respective executive cabinets of
Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria councils) could receive more information, including
the issue of whether or not they could have a Government assurance to opt out
further down the line and to obtain further information on the exact nature of the
‘benefits’ package this beautiful county will receive in exchange for being the
nuclear dumping ground for the nation.

I wondered if the reason for the delay was that there was a very real possibility
that Cumbria County Council might just have said ‘no’ to the proposal at their
cabinet meeting had it gone ahead on October 11. Our Keswick constituency MP Jamie
Reed — who is very much in favour of the proposal was certainly very alarmed about
the possibility that the county council would give the repository plan the thumbs
down and started ringing the alarm bells through a report published on the front
page of ‘The Whitehaven News’.

Our council leaders — one of whom seems more concerned about wind farms than he is
about nuclear repositories — went to Whitehall to hold discussions with the
Government Minister, one Baroness Verma, the Junior Minister at the Department of
Energy and Climate Change.

What went on here I wonder? Were heads being banged together in the nicest possible
way with the application of a couple of cushions (Government praise and
reassurances) followed by a comfy sofa in the form of a plumped-up benefits package?

On that latter point, what price exactly would you put on the future of the English
Lake District and its environment?

Shortly afterwards the Baroness was on her way to West Cumbria for what was
described as a fact finding mission to Sellafield and there was a happy picture in
the local press (a picture provided by the Dept of Energy) of the Baroness in
Copeland with council leaders and councillors. It all looks Very cosy. But, I am
afraid to say, not particularly reassuring from this standpoint.

Amid all this I am concerned that too many people appear to be unaware about what is
really happening here or are, at best, very trusting. Perhaps they feel it is so far
into the future that it is not worth worrying about? Or has the nuclear industry
such a hold on Cumbria and the Lake District that people (with the notable exception
of many of our town and parish councils) dare not raise their heads. collectively or
individually, above the parapets and say their piece?

What, for example, is the exact position of Cumbria Tourism? We know it is a party
to the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership and will state that is
their way of continuing to be involved in the process and have access to essential

But what do they really think? Does Cumbria Tourism believe that a nuclear waste
repository is going to be good news for Cumbria and the Lake District? Is it going
to enhance our chances of being acclaimed a World Heritage Site? Do they think there
is a danger of the Lake District, in a worst-case long-term scenario, being declared
an uninhabitable Wasteland?

One of the many attractions of the Lake District is that it is compact. The trouble
is that people in Windermere and Bowness (Cumbria Tourism’s HQ is in Staveley by the
way) may believe they are out of reach of this proposed development. But Eskdale,
Ennerdale and Sella field — as they are for all of us — are only just over the hill
and Silloth is only a hop, step and a jump away up the coast.

This is, without doubt, the biggest issue that Cumbria and the Lake District has
ever faced and we need to wake up to the fact.

The English Lake District is a place of outstanding natural beauty and the decision
as to whether or not to permanently tarnish it with a gigantic nuclear bunker and
all its potential consequences is one that is not just of interest to the people who
live and work here It is also of great relevance to the millions of people who love
the area and visit it on a regular basis.

They too have a say in this and a right to be heard.

Closer to home, the people I know in Keswick and area who are genuinely worried — in
some cases to distraction — by this proposal are not anti nuclear or anti
Sellafield. They are not, by nature, people who protest and it takes something
really important to make them feel as they do now. They would clearly welcome a
solution to our future energy and nuclear waste needs.

But they know in their heart of hearts, and all the evidence and research backs it
up, that the geology of Cumbria and the Lake District is the wrong place for a
nuclear waste repository. They fear it is all going to go horribly wrong and that
while they will not be here to witness the potentially dire con sequences their
descendants surely will. The decision being taken now is immense. It involves high
level waste that will be around for hundreds of thousands of years and the impact of
this decision will span generations.

Cumbria and the Lake District is not the right place for this and Government knows it.

Back in the mists of time the Viking chiefs who were our ancestors were buried on
the summit ridges of Lakeland hills (it has been recorded that as many as 70 are
thought to be buried on Latrigg alone). Now we are looking to bury nuclear waste
beneath the Lakeland fells. It has come to this…

As I wrote earlier, you really couldn’t make it up.

Keith Richardson


BBC – Cumbria’s Nuclear Future

Extracts from the BBC1 programme aired on 8th Oct.
“In the New Year, councillors in Cumbria will decide whether to reject the option of building the store under the beautiful local countryside – or whether to agree to more work to find a geologically suitable site. No other region in Britain is now volunteering for such a controversial project. So what are the benefits and the risks that Cumbria has to weigh up? Chris Jackson reports for a special Inside Out”

BBC documentary shows the presenter inspecting a repository in Finland.
The presenter and his guide drove into the repository and descended over 4
kilometres to an “actual repository” tunnel.
The reality of this tunnel is nothing like the accompanying animation video showing what a repository should look like. The reality is just a bare cave, rather than a structured, DRY and sealed compartment.

Wellies and boots and deep puddles everywhere!
An example circular hole where a canister would be placed had a significant amount
of water in it. Whatever happened to a dry environment within non-permeable rock ? – – – – a
pre-requite for a repository. Zero evidence of DRY conditions.
Quite the opposite, any canister placed in the Finland repository would be immersed
in water from day one. Is that what we can expect here in Cumbria ?

Very significant amounts of water everywhere illustrates that a repository simply
becomes “The path of least resistance” for water flow – – – – a fault line in the
rock and a magnet for water circulation between surface rainfall and underground
water circulating back to the surface.

So, come on you government experts, what is it to be – – bare caves with water
everywhere, or pristine dry and sealed caverns with zero water – – benefits paid
now when there are zero problems, or meaningless benefits paid later when
children are born with deformities, radiation linked diseases, and water supplies maybe far away from Cumbria (Manchester is supplied by Cumbria) become contaminated, and the Irish Sea is affected ? Anyone listening…
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Perverted vision of National Park – monkey puzzle “spoils view” / nuke dump OK!

Monkey Puzzle "spoils the view"  Nuke Dump "OK"
Monkey Puzzle “spoils the view” Nuke Dump “OK”

At last weeks Lake District National Park meeting, the members placidly sat around the table while being spoon fed propaganda from their own officers and government. Some members did express horror when I said that they have been manipulated both over the Monkey Puzzle tree and into going along with the plan for a geological dump. The biggest nuclear dump can be under our feet in the National Park thats fine! The only caveat the NP have expressed is that we should not be able to see the above surface facilities. For goodness sake when will they wake up and start doing their job of actually protecting the Lake District?

here is the full sorry response to my question – the response was given by Bill Jefferson OBE whose mobile phone went off in the middle of my presentation – cheers Bill ! I was told to keep to my written questions and not deviate AT ALL – because the “answers” are already prepared by the propagandists beforehand.

Ms M Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland

Dear Ms Birkby

Questions for Authority: 17th October 2012

Thank you for your questions, which I will answer in turn noting the rather interesting way you have managed to group three questions under one heading.

You have heard the quite full response on the monkey puzzle tree, which I have just given to Mr Andrews and will ensure you have a copy of my written response.

I would like to make two further additional points in relation to your own question on the subject.

You have stated that English Heritage do not support the removal of the tree, yet in your press notice of the 25th September 2012 you included a copy of a letter of 17th September from English heritage to one of your campaigners which states that

“English Heritage was consulted on the development of the Master Plan for Brockhole and one of the points raised was that of the removal of the monkey puzzle tree from the sloping lawn in in front of the café terrace, Please be assured that while English Heritage supported this proposal put forward by the LDNPA we did not initiate it.”

This clearly indicates that English Heritage do support the removal of the monkey puzzle tree and I have referred to this in more detail in my response to Mr Andrews. I know you believe some emphasis may have been placed on the views of English Heritage during our debate I but do not now consider that the emphasis was in any way disproportionate.

Your second question relates to the memorial trees at Brockhole. The trees in question are those which our officers and officers of English Heritage agreed had been planted in inappropriate places or were now out of scale.

Our memorial tree plan includes offering those who donated the tree three options:
1. Moving the trees from their current positions to other areas of the site.
2. Moving the trees from Brockhole to a nearby site
3. As a last resort, felling the trees and recognising their memorial at Brockhole in some other way.
These options provide donosrs with the sensitive option that best suits their own wishes and recognises that some of the trees were planted in celebration rather than in memoriam.

We have assessed the suitability of the trees for relocation and if agreed, many could help form some of the 60-90 trees required on the site as a part of the emerging masterplan.

Members are fully aware of the sensitivities surrounding these issues and I know many, including myself have direct personal experience in resolving issues of this nature elsewhere in Cumbria. Regeneration invariably attracts some controversy and there can rarely be unaminity. The important thing is to move forward with care and purpose in an open and transparent manner having listenened to all that is said to us. This is what we have done and will continue to do. A far cry from an act of vandalism.

With regard to your final point on the issue of geological disposal of radioactive waste, your assertions are wrong, unfair and highly misleading although I do understand, as indeed we all do, the rising anxieties of many many people and organisations throughout Cumbria and well beyond generated by a nuclear debate still in its infancy or should I say second childhood. You may rest assured that the future of Britain’s finest national park is in safe hands and we would do nothing to jeopordise, compromise or otherwise put at risk the integrity of one of our country’s greatest assets.

We were invited and accepted the invitation to join the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership which was tasked with providing advice and evidence to the three Decision Making Bodies who made an “expression of interest” in hosting a geological disposal facility.

Our reasons for accepting a place on the MRWS Partnership were for information and to increase our understanding of the process. It is through the Partnership that our Officers and our representative Member were able to give advice and help the Partnership offer advice and make recommendations to the Decsion Making Bodies.

Whilst our organisation is not a Decision Making Body as defined by Government’s MRWS White Paper we do of course occupy an important position in the process given our statutory responsibilities in addition to our role as the LDNP Planning Authority. Depending on legislation at the time of an application, this would mean as local planning authority we would take decisions on the planning applications or, if proposals fall within the scope of the Major Infrastructure Planning Unit we would be a statutory consultee.

The Decsion Making Bodies are currently considering if they wish to move to stage 4 and you are of course aware that the date of this decision has been rescheduled for the end of Jan 2013. We remain in continuous contact with the DMBs as this is the most crititcal stage of the process so far.

Our participation on the MRWS Partnership has meant our understanding of the surface facilities for a geological disposal facility are such that our Officers have been able to conclude that there would inevitable by adverse impacts upon the character of the National Park and its special qualities This view was outlined in our response to the public consultation.

We have made clear in the Final Report of the West Cumbria MRWS Partnership report of August 2012 that any future Community Siting Partnerships will need to consider planning policies, relevant strategies and legislative frameworks relating to the National Park. This will include the Environment Act 1995, the Natioanl Planning Policy Framework, our Management Plan and our Core Strategy – all of which seek to secure the long term sustainability of our National Park.

We have so far been fully engaged in every step of the process and that continues to be the case. The Authority will shortly receive a further report for consideration and we will continue to make our position clear.

In conclusion and in response to your overarching question as to whether our perception of ‘the view’ is fit for purpose my answer is that our overall vision is one that is shared by 24 other key organisations who have a role in the Lake District. Our plans for Brockhole, for example , have emerged from more than five years’ extensive engagement with partners and neighbours. Over the past 3 years more than 570,000 people have enjoyed the facilities and the views – that we have been developing at the site.

Again, than you for your questions.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Jefferson OBE
Authority Chairman

“The Vision” of the Lake District National Park : “unfit for purpose?”

View of Monkey Puzzle and Lake from the Cafe
View of Monkey Puzzle and Lake from the Cafe

Radiation Free Lakeland will be making a short presentation to the LDNPA on wednesday at 10 am Murley Moss, Kendal.

The meeting is about the Masterplan for the Lake District National Park Authority centre: Brockhole and we will be asking “”Is the Lake District National Park Authority’s perception of “the view” fit for purpose?”

Presentation below:

Presentation to Lake District National Park Authority 17th Oct 2012

“Is the Lake District National Park Authority’s perception of “the view” fit for purpose?

Given the decisions made recently which are in direct conflict
with the entirely reasonable and rational wishes of the public..

“Is the Lake District National Park Authority’s perception of “the view” fit for purpose?

Recent Decisions include:

1. the proposal to fell the important amenity and heritage Monkey Puzzle at Brockhole to “improve the view”

2. the proposal to fell memorial trees at Brockhole “to improve the view”

3. Support for geological disposal of high level nuclear waste under the
Lake District as long as “the view” is not impacted upon.

In all these instances the view is much much more than the sum of its parts,

Monkey Puzzle
In the case of the beautiful heritage Monkey Puzzle the view includes the historical context of the story of the Gaddums. These cousins of Beatrix Potter, rushed down to plant their beloved Monkey Puzzle as soon as Mawson had completed his limited commission to do a sketch layout, design and build the terraces and plant shelterbelt planting right round the garden to protect it from the winds coming across the lake. Mrs Gaddum wanted a huge Kitchen garden in order to send produce to their first home in Manchester. She took the garden down the edwardian country house garden route after Mawson had left the site. Gertrude Jekyll was her main influence. The influence of the original owners, the Gaddums is just as, if not even more important than Mawson’s influence. The story of the garden is what has shaped it. Felling this important amenity and heritage tree would be an act of vandalism and is NOT supported by English Heritage. EH Letter here: http://monkeypuzzlepledge.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/english-heritage-deny-support-for-felling-monkey-puzzle/

Memorial Trees
Each memorial tree is invested with personal loss, memories and hope for future generations to have a dedicated and much loved place of pilgrimage . The Monkey Puzzle itself is invested with deep meaning for people who have visited the tree with loved ones who have died tragically young. Many comments on the petition to save the monkey puzzle testify to this. Felling the memorial trees would be an act of vandalism. Online petititon and comments here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-brockhole-monkey-puzzle/

Geological Disposal of High Level Nuclear Waste Under the Lake District

The primary role of the Lake District National Park is that of watch dog. The remit is to protect the unique place that is Cumbria from developments that are unacceptable. The government plan to dump high level nuclear waste under the Lake District is the most unacceptable development in the history of the Lake District National Park Authority. Members of the Lake District National Park have signed up to this.
The LNDPA say the government plan is acceptable ‘as long as the view is not affected’. This is so blinkered and such a dereliction of responsibility that it beggars belief. The view is much more than the sum of its visible parts. To stand in wild Ennerdale or Eskdale is visceral, a feeling of wonder and magic and wildness that transcends the purely visible. The LDNPA has given the thumbs up to trashing the magic and wonder of Lakeland to replace it with a nuclear footprint that would stretch over 25km square and 1000 metres deep. Unchallenged by movers and shakers such as the LDNPA the nuclear dump will happen. In future, people could well stand in wild Ennerdale and/or Eskdale in the knowledge that beneath their feet is the worlds stockpile of high level nuclear waste which scientists say has the capacity to percolate to the surface in decades. Market Gardens such as the one that the Gaddums carefully tended at Brockhole would reap a toxic harvest. For the Lake District National park to continue to be a ‘Partner’ in this process while the government carries out its geological disposal agenda to its awful conclusion would be an act of neglect resulting in the worst abuse the Lake District has seen.
(see http://nuclearlakes.moonfruit.com)

“Is the National Park Authority’s perception of “the view” fit for purpose?

For the Lake District’s sake, Nuke the dump NOT the Monkey Puzzle!

“This groundwater will return to the surface much faster, within a few decades, if hot temperature, high level waste is also buried. That heat will also make the land surface rise. No earthquakes or extra rainfall are needed.”.
Professor Stuart Haszeldine OBE FRSE C.Geol, Feb 2nd 2012

Shepherds Meet says NO to NUKE DUMP

Beer Mat Launched at Wasdale Show
Beer Mat Launched at Wasdale Show

Yesterday a unique to the Lake District beermat was launched at Wasdale Show. There has been a “Shepherds Meet” at Wasdale Head for over 100 years. A spokesperson for Radiation Free Lakeland said “my family were farmers in the area and came to the shepherds meet along with other farmers from lakeland valleys who walked their rams over to Wasdale Head to trade swap or hire. This is the last show of the year as the rams are let loose with the ewes in the valleys in November so lambs are born in the spring. The overwhelming message from the shepherds meet was that farmers do not want radioactive waste under their agricultural land”

Farmers, Publicans, Hoteliers and B&B owners were given hundreds of beer mats to use and distribute. They were paid for by the generosity of people who do not want to see this land poisoned. Notably Eric Robson wasn’t so keen to take a beer mat but ironically Cumbrians have been force fed a diet of ‘Managing Radioactive Waste Safely’ bummff produced by his PR company Osprey Communications. Mr Robson even provided his reassuring voice on a video telling us about the government plan. The literature which Mr Robson has been paid handsomely for normalises and underplays the government plan to dump high level nuclear waste under this beautiful land. Mr Robson is also the chair of Cumbria Tourism. For goodness sake isn’t it about time Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority stopped playing into the hands of government and started doing their job of protecting this land!? OR have the movers and shakers ALL been bought off?

For more information and to order beer mats:

Eric Robson Osprey Communications

Wasdale Head Show

Beer Mat Launched at Wasdale Show TOMORROW!

Radiation Free Lakeland will have a stall at the Wasdale Show tomorrow to launch a Beer Mat! The beer mat says: Lake District Nuclear Waste Dump, For you, for eternity. On the rear of the beer mat there is more information and contact details for people to oppose the plan for a nuclear waste dump under the Lake District.

As well as the beer mat there will be games and a petition for people to sign opposing the proposed nuclear dump.

A spokesperson for Radiation Free Lakeland said:

We are looking forward to the show which is a great day out in such an iconic location. It beggars belief that Cumbria County Council have kept the door open on this insane proposal to dump high level nuclear waste under the Lake District or anywhere in Cumbria. The door should be slammed shut and it shouldn’t be up to ordinary Cumbrians to do that. We have organisations in Cumbria that are supposed to be watch dogs guarding and protecting. Organisations such as Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority have up to now pandered to the government’s insane agenda. Instead of making a big stink they are going along with the whole stinky process. These organisations need to start opposing the nuclear dump now or Cumbria will have little chance of stopping the nuclear juggernaught driving through iconic Lakeland locations.

For free Beer Mats and more information:




Yesterday should have been the day that the government’s insane plan for dumping high level nuclear waste under Cumbria was stopped. Speaking outside Cumbria County Council’s offices in Carlisle, Council Leader Eddie Martin told protestors that “the reason we are going on is because otherwise the government might force the facility on us”


Isn’t that double the reason to fight this “tooth and nail” as Kent County Council very sensibly did. By willingly keeping the door open to the government plan, the Council leaders are handing Cumbria over as a nuclear sacrifice zone. The only chance Cumbria has of resisting the governments geological disposal agenda is to strongly oppose the plan and insist that Cumbria is assured of essential infrastructure such as schools and hospitals WITHOUT being blackmailed into accepting the unacceptable.

Three opponents of the plan spoke truth to power at the Cabinet meeting:

Anita Stirzaker from the South Lakes who gave evidence at the original Nirex inquiry, yesterday read out a statement on behalf of Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent expert on radioactivity in the environment

In my view, with radiation risks, we are currently at the same situation where we were with cigarette smoking in the 1960s and 1970s. Then, information gradually came out that lung cancer was perhaps associated with smoking, initially with doctors. Then the epidemiology associations became wider and stronger. Finally, despite the massive
efforts of the tobacco industry to refute the studies, the evidence was too robust to ignore.
The main difference today is that the Government, the military nuclear weapons sector and the nuclear power industry are, together, apparently more powerful than the tobacco industry and apparently more able to avoid the preponderance of scientific evidence.

Anita also spoke of the Pangea project in Australia which was sponsored by the British government following Nirex. Areas of high rainfall and mountains should be ruled out.

Jane Roper from Copeland asked:
Can it be claimed that the people of Cumbria have unequivocally come out in favour of hosting a dump
The answer has to be NO for the following reasons:
1. Ipsos MORI Poll: Should West Cumbria take part in the search for a geological disposal facility site?
This poll is grossly misleading. It claims that overall 53% of people are in favour of taking part in a search.
If we look closely at this we discover that a massive 44% of those polled had either never heard of it (19%), or had heard of it, but knew almost nothing about it (25%). Only 4% knew a lot and 16% a fair amount. This makes only 20% who might have known enough to make an informed decision.
2. Informed Consent
If we compare this to the concept of informed consent; we would be outraged if a surgeon asked a patient to sign a consent form, if the patient had either never heard of the operation, or knew very little about it! And, if the surgeon then carried out the operation having obtained the consent, they would be open to a charge of negligence. Are you willing to do the same?
3. Evidence to suggest people in Cumbria are opposed
(a) See handout of Parish/ Town Councils: The vast majority are opposed!
(b)Poll carried out in Carlisle on 25 August by RFL
In 2 hours on a very wet day in August, monitored by Special Branch, 206 people took the time to take part in the poll. The question was:” Do you want a nuclear dump in Cumbria?” This was an unambiguous question designed to bring home to people exactly what they were being asked to consider! Result: 6 yes
200 no
The only public vote to take place in Cumbria reveals that 97% were against the government plan for a nuclear dump under the Silloth or Eskdale area, or any other “most promising” site in West Cumbria’s wonderfully leaky geology.
Why wait another 3 months and waste more tax payers money on this insane plan? Please say NO now.

Irene Sanderson from Eden asked:
My question is concerning the decision about whether to participate in the next stages of the siting process for a repository for higher activity radioactive waste in the county.

Why is the county willing to buy a pig in a poke?
The NDA have not proposed a specific project in a specific location and have only given vague assurances. The only concrete project hitherto (NIREX) was rigorously examined and comprehensively rejected. The government’s response was to retreat, regroup, change NIREX’s name to NDA and abolish the kind of planning procedure that examined such proposals.
You are being offered a pig in a poke. Why would you buy it?
In other words why would you grant prior approval for outline plans and why does the NDA want you to do so?
Do you think that this costly and prolonged consultation process will be repeated when a specific project can be proposed? If not why not?
I want it put on record that it is vital for the county of Cumbria to have a robust safety case for the disposal of highly radioactive waste and for this safety case to be examined and judged and scrutinised by independent experts. A right of refusal is meaningless in the absence of such examination, judgement and scrutiny.
This is not a railway nor an airport. It is a safety issue of utmost importance for the Nation today and for generations to come.

Dr Ian Fairlie’s Presentation to Cabinet
Ian Fairlie Presentation to Cabinet 11th Oct 2012


Poll in Carlisle 97% Oppose