No Nuclear Forests! Out of Your Tree Week

No Nuclear Forests Poster
No Nuclear Forests Poster

A deep underground nuclear waste dump under Lakeland’s Forests?

Radiation Free Lakeland invite people to join them at 12 noon on thursday 29th Nov at Brockhole on the Monkey Puzzle lawn to remember the Monkey Puzzle and:

Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!
This week the Lake District National Park have said they have “concerns” about the impact of a nuclear dump on the “brand” of Lakeland but have not voiced opposition to the government dump plan. They have however restated their SUPPORT for new build and new wastes!

Tomorrow On Thursday 29th November as part of National Tree Week, Radiation Free Lakeland will be lighting a candle for the Brockhole Monkey Puzzle to apologise for being unable to stop the felling by a ruthless and ultimately unaccountable National Park Authority.

Following the vigil for the Monkey Puzzle the group will don mock biohazard suits and unfurl banners opposing the geological dumping of high level nuclear wastes under Lakeland Forests. Wild Ennerdale along with the Solway is one of the areas being eyed up as the nuclear dumping ground, much of Ennerdale is in public ownership. The experience at Brockhole with the much loved Monkey Puzzle shows that public ownership counts for little.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/28/lake-district-radioactive-waste-grave

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/nuclear-dump-shepherds-lake-district-national-park/

http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/community-action/events-map/item/3945-vigil-on-the-monkey-puzzle-lawn-nuclear-forests-monkey-puzzle-lawn-brockhole-ambleside-29th-november

Nuclear Dump Shepherds? Lake District National Park

Following criticism by Radiation Free Lakeland and others of the National Park’s complicity in the push for geological dumping of nuclear wastes under Cumbria the National Park has sent a letter to DECC. This is a purely tactical move to try to save face while not actually changing their position. The chair of the Authority, Bill Jefferson is from Silloth, an area which has angrily woken up to the reality that they are one of the areas in Cumbria being eyed up for having the worlds nuclear waste beneath them. Mr Jefferson is looking to appease his Silloth constituents with this letter and show “concern” while actually neatly toeing the government line and going along with the plan. The only caveats the NP have made are that the above surface facilities should not be in view from the National Park and that the dump doesn’t interfere with the “brand” too much. Why not actually protect Cumbria? We know the geology is wrong and we know that the NP should say a strong and vehement NO now. They are abusing their position as protectors and instead are acting as accomplices in the government’s plan.. Only a no will stand any chance…

The crazy support for new build is way off the remit of a national park. New build would produce wastes much hotter than existing wastes, needing to be cooled by Lakeland’s fragile fresh water resource for 150 years or so.

Full letter from the LDNPA to DECC below

Date: 26 November 2012

Baroness Verma of Leicester
Parliamentary under Secretary of State
Department of Energy & Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place
London
SW1A 2AW

Dear Baroness Verma

MRWS: A view from the Lake District National Park

The current pause in the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) process offers me
an opportunity to reaffirm my position with regard to the views we’ve expressed so
far and to look to the longer term.

National Parks are recognised as landscapes of exceptional beauty, fashioned by
nature and the communities which live in them. The statutory purposes of National
Parks are to:

* Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
(of National Parks); and

* Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of the special
qualities by the public.

In pursuing the statutory purposes National Park Authorities have a duty to seek to
foster the economic and social well-being of local communities.

Special qualities distinguish National Parks from each other and from other parts of
the country. The Lake District’s special qualities, outlined in the Lake District
National Park Partnership Plan, need to be protected and enhanced.

The 2030 Vision for the Lake District National Park is clear, interpreting the
purposes and duty, and requires all partners to the Lake District National Park
Partnership to be united in this achievement.

A repository within Cumbria has the potential to impact on our Vision, special
qualities, and in turn our statutory purposes.

– 2 –

The Authority joined the MRWS Partnership to:

* improve its understanding of the requirements of a repository;

* understand the process;

* work with partners to prepare a report for presenting to the Decision
Making Bodies[1]; (DMBs) and

* to help inform them about whether to participate in the next stage of the
siting process (Stage 4) .

We submitted views to the MRWS Partnership as part of the public consultation in
February 2012. These were based on what was known at the time, particularly in
relation to surface facilities, and are attached as Annex 1. These views were
incorporated into the final report.

Since that time the DMBs have decided to seek further information and clarity from
DECC. I commend and support this decision, particularly with regard to the
following issues:

* The suitability of the geology. This remains of paramount concern to me
and residents of the National Park due to a lack of definitive information. The
complexity of the underlying geology, the conclusions from the NIREX inquiry, the
permeability of different rock systems and hydrology all create a context of great
uncertainty and anxiety; and

* The right of withdrawal. Rightly or wrongly there is scepticism from
communities and an absence of trust. Therefore I support the DMBs request that this
be strengthened, making it legally binding.

I also believe that this process will take a substantial amount of time, and so
support the DMBs’ request that alternative radioactive waste management solutions be
considered in parallel with the MRWS programme. And I ask that current storage
issues are urgently addressed.

Below ground repository

So far the Authority has not taken a definitive position on a below ground
repository because we do not know the facts and risks in detail and we accept that a
full understanding might only emerge many years in the future.

However there are growing and increasingly widespread concerns that a repository
below the National Park or indeed a perception of such a proposal would not be in
the long term interests of the Lake District, its farming and resident communities
and visitor economy. Evidence suggests a potential risk to the Lake District’s brand
image, and on communities that rely on this brand. The lengthy process, necessary
for considering such a facility, could exacerbate this risk. While we do not know
what precise impacts a repository under the National Park would have on its special
qualities, I am concerned such a proposal could adversely affect the Lake District’s
brand image, its national and international standing, reputation and integrity,
prejudicing the delivery of the Vision to the detriment of the Cumbrian tourism
economy and our statutory responsibilities.

– 3 –

Although we remain wholly committed to working with the DMBs and other partners to
improve our collective understanding of the facts, I believe that it is important
that partners and other interested organisations understand these concerns and our
starting position if any decision is taken to proceed to Stage 4. I support the
on-going brand management work and stress its importance. I also reiterate our
support for nuclear new build at Sellafield whilst re-emphasising that attention
must be given to the rapid improvement of the current storage facilities.

Yours sincerely

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BILL JEFFERSON OBE

CHAIRMAN OF THE AUTHORITY

Cc: Eddie Martin -Leader, Cumbria County Council

Elaine Woodburn – Leader, Copeland Borough Council

Alan Smith – Leader, Allerdale Borough Council

Mark Higson – CEO of the Office for Nuclear Development

________________________________
[1] The Decision Making Bodies (DMBs) are Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough
Council and Copeland Borough Council
Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3YJ

Dangerous High Level Waste- Ground Hog Day

PRESS RELEASE

Ground Hog Day – High Level Waste – Dangerous Condition

contact Radiation Free Lakeland 015395 63671

Tomorrow on November 26 (2pm at Energus, Lillyhall), nuclear chiefs face a
grilling in public from MPs on the government’s Public Accounts Committee
into cost and safety issues.The spiralling costs and dangerous condition
of nuclear wastes at Sellafield are being used by some to put pressure on
for a nuclear dump.

This is groundhog day with added bite. Local politicians, nuclear campaigners and the
Nuclear Installations Inspectorate have for the past decade repeatedly
raised concerns about the safety of the High Level Waste tanks upon which
the physical safety of the whole of Cumbria and its international
neighbours depends. Sellafield and the NDA have repeatedly said that
“there are financial constraints.” In 2009 Radiation Free Lakeland said
” rather than bribing Cumbria to accept the unacceptable prospect of a
nuclear dump and new build, the NDA should be doing the job it was set up
to do – namely looking after the existing stockpile of nuclear waste in a
safe way that reduces the very real and severe risks to the wellbeing of
Cumbria”. Why are £millions being poured into a PR campaign to “more
than ease concerns” of Cumbrians and push for geological dumping? The NDA
cannot look after the existing high level wastes adequately on a small
part of the existing 6km Sellafield site. The dangerous state of the
wastes should not be used as an excuse to Increase the nuclear footprint
by 1000 metres deep and 26km square under Wild Ennerdale or Silloth.

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: [Fwd: MAY DAY – RADIOACTIVE HIGH LEVEL LIQUID WASTE TANKS NEED
URGENT ATTENTION]]]
From: “marianne birkby”
Date: Sat, May 2, 2009 9:06 pm
To: news@nwemail.co.uk
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Press Release

RAdiation Free Lakeland contact Marianne Birkby 015395 63671

Cumbria’s wellbeing is threatened by a lack of regard for nuclear waste
safety.

The Nuclear Installation’s Inspectorate have repeatedly asked that
essential work should be carried out as a matter of urgency on the high
level liquid waste tanks at Sellafield. The answer from the operators of
Sellafield, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, is that there are
‘financial constraints’ to carrying out the safety requirements. A
spokesperson from Radiation Free Lakeland has said ” rather than bribing
Cumbria to accept the unacceptable prospect of a nuclear dump and new
build, the NDA should be doing the job it was set up to do – namely
looking after the existing stockpile of nuclear waste in a safe way that
reduces the very real and severe risks to the wellbeing of Cumbria”.

The following letter and attachment has been sent to all Cumbria County
Councillors.

Friday 1st May 2009

To All Cumbria County Councillors

Dear Councillor,

MAY DAY – RADIOACTIVE HIGH LEVEL LIQUID WASTE TANKS NEED URGENT ATTENTION

At the County Council meeting of 23rd April Councillor Kolbe raised the
issue of the danger posed to Cumbria and the wider international community
by the
dangerous condition of the High Level Liquid Waste tanks at Sellafield.
However, it was reported in the local press that Councillor Kolbe was
described by the Cumbria Cabinet responsible for nuclear safety as
“alarmist” for raising this matter.

In this letter Radiation Free Lakeland would like to show that Councillor
Kolbe in fact has very serious grounds for expressing her concerns to you.

i) Letter from the NII to the NDA ( Sept 2008 )

In a letter from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) to the
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) the NII state:

“Sellafield Limited: High Level Waste Plants Projects

“We write to say how surprised and concerned we are about recent funding
decisions for the evaporator E and replacement Highly Active Storage Tank
(HAST) project on High Level Waste Plants (HLWP). The more so, since we
thought you were aware of the safety drivers and critical importance of
timely delivery. ……

as a matter of urgency we wish you to present:

…..

c) how you plan to have your contractors regain the lost time and momentum
for the evaporators and replacement HASTS “ [Highly Active Storage Tanks]”

From this is may be seen that the NII are clearly concerned about the
degree of funding being made available by the NDA to address the HLW
problems at Sellafield.

ii) Sellafield HLW Tank ‘Near Miss’

The High Level Liquid Waste (HLLW) stream at Sellafield is fiercely
radioactive – so much so that it is self-heating and needs to be
constantly cooled. This is achieved by a system of pipework inside the
HLLW tanks which carry cold water.
It is important that the cooling system in the high level waste tanks is
kept running constantly – otherwise the high level wastes in the tank
could get so hot that they boiled. If the cooling problem was still not
sorted out, the tank would eventually boil dry.

It is very important to prevent this happening – because if the wastes
were allowed to start boiling then radioactivity would escape and
contaminate the surroundings.
The timings involved are very short. BNFL analysis has indicated that
cooling failure would lead to boiling after 12 hours, and to the tank
drying out after three days.

On Wednesday 1st April, the Sellafield Site Newsletter ‘Sellafield News’
reports that there was a loss of cooling to the HLLW tanks that lasted for
up to eight hours and involved the site Emergency System for four hours.
Clearly the times involved – four hours and eight hours are worryingly
close to the timings that would have resulted in a release of
radioactivity. The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) have stated
that the consequences of prolonged cooling failure (up to three days)
could be ‘very severe’.

Ironically, this incident happened just a week after the Norwegian
Radiation Protection Authority published a report comparing the effects of
an accidental release of radioactivity from the Sellafield high level
waste tanks to the effects of the Chernobyl accident. This report
refers to the implications of an accident at Sellafield being up to 50
times worse than Chernobyl (see page 5) – obviously, because Sellafield is
in Cumbria, the effects on Cumbria and the UK would be much worse.

The NDA were set up to look after nuclear wastes and reduce risks to
Cumbria and the wider international community. Why have the Nuclear
Installations Inspectorate’s urgent safety recommendations been ignored?
Will Cumbrian Councillors hold the NDA to account?

Yours sincerely

Marianne Birkby
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

SELLAFIELD’S SAFETY DAMNED BY NORWEGIAN REPORT
http://antiatom.ru/en/node/950

CCC Letter – Re HLW Tanks – 1st May 09-1

Tell MPs No Excuses – No Dump!

NO DUMP in CUMBRIA!
On November 26 (2pm at Energus, Lillyhall), nuclear chiefs face a grilling in public from MPs on the government’s Public Accounts Committee into
cost and safety issues.The spiralling costs and dangerous condition of nuclear wastes at Sellafield are being used to put pressure on for a nuclear dump.

Lets get ourselves outside the venue an hour or so early to demonstrate and show visible opposition to a geological dump ANYWHERE in Cumbria!

I will be there from 12.30 ….

note:
There is a suspicion that the venue/time will be changed at short notice for this public meeting.

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/44m-cost-of-nuclear-experts-1.1014115?referrerPath=home

“Nirex will never dig another sod of turf in West Cumbria” said Jamie Reed 6 years ago

"Nirex will never dig another sod of turf in West Cumbria" - Jamie Reed 2006
“Nirex will never dig another sod of turf in West Cumbria” – Jamie Reed 2006

 

Recent blackmail by nuclear cheerleader Jamie Reed that Copeland/Cumbria has to accept nuclear new build and the nuclear dump or else suffer the cuts has filled the pages of the local press.

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/nuclear-new-build-will-save-copeland-says-mp-1.1014870?referrerPath=sports

Rather a contrast to 6 years ago when he told the House of Commons:

The experience of Nirex endured by my community in the mid-1990’s was so wretched that I was minded to entitle this debate ‘fear and loathing’  He added: “As long as I have any-thing to do with it Nirex will never dig another sod of turf in West Cumbria.”

Cumbrians are saying BRING BACK NIREX, if that was fear and loathing what is happening now is a million times worse with the movers and shakers of Cumbria  either nuclearised and neutered while insane cheerleaders like Jamie Reed twist the truth from one week to the next, meanwhile the nuclear waste continues to arrive to be cooled for decades by our fresh water resource.

“Fear and loathing” doesn’t cover it Jamie!  Do your job and ensure Copeland has essential infrastructure without being bribed into new build “Moorcide” and a nuke dump.  Get real. If nuclear ‘power’ was a real wealth creator Copeland should be the richest borough in the UK.

 

Nuclear Forests? A vigil and demonstration for National Tree Week – 29th November at Brockhole

  • Nuclear Wild Ennerdale?
    Nuclear Wild Ennerdale?
    A closed deep geological disposal facility (courtesy NDA)
    A closed deep geological disposal facility (courtesy NDA)

    Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!

    Radiation Free Lakeland invite people to join them at 12 noon on thursday 29th Nov at Brockhole on the Monkey Puzzle lawn to remember the Monkey Puzzle and:

    Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!

    On Thursday 29th November as part of National Tree Week, Radiation Free Lakeland will be lighting a candle for the Brockhole Monkey Puzzle to apologise for being unable to stop the felling by a ruthless and ultimately unaccountable National Park Authority.

    Following the vigil for the Monkey Puzzle the group will don mock biohazard suits and unfurl banners opposing the geological dumping of high level nuclear wastes under Lakeland Forests. Wild Ennerdale along with the Solway is one of the areas being eyed up as the nuclear dumping ground, much of Ennerdale is in public ownership. The experience at Brockhole with the much loved Monkey Puzzle shows that public ownership counts for little.

    Monkey Puzzle trees are a living fossil they have witnessed the birth and death of stars and the evolution of species but the threat of their extinction has never been so real as now. The Brockhole Monkey Puzzle is a potent symbol of what could happen to Cumbria in the near future.  The pieces of the complex puzzle of life could be lost, the DNA of Lakeland and Cumbria irreversibly smashed with a superior sneer and the blessing of our movers and shakers.

    Radiation Free Lakeland invite people to join them at 12 noon on thursday 29th Nov at Brockhole on the Monkey Puzzle lawn to remember the Monkey Puzzle and:

    Save the Forests from Nuclear Madness!

    more info:
    Ignoring the feelings of the public and advice of experts, on November 5th, the Lake District National Park Authority felled a much loved 110 year old monkey puzzle tree at Brockhole, the LDNPA centre, because they said it “spoiled the view.” At the same time the Authority are happy to go along with the government plan to dump high level nuclear waste under the National Park as long as the above surface facilities are screened from view!

    The primary role of the Lake District National Park is that of watch dog. Their 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, most of whom hail from the West of Cumbria have 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. Movers and shakers such as the LDNPA , Cumbria Tourism and others appear to have been nuclearized and neutered. For example the chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership is Lord David Clark – also a non executive director of Sellafield while the Chair of Cumbria Tourism is Eric Robson, also partner of Osprey Communications, PR company employed by the geological dump government quango (the ironically named Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership) .

    In future, people could well stand in the forests of wild Ennerdale and/or Eskdale in the knowledge that beneath their feet is the worlds stockpile of high level nuclear waste. Only the LDNPA’s perception of “view” is so utterly superficial as to ignore what lies beneath as visceral. In any event what lies beneath would not stay beneath as scientists say high level waste has the capacity to percolate to the surface of Cumbria’s leaky geology in decades.

    The Forests would transpire radioactive carbon and other gases, the fresh water would be contaminated.

    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 and Cumbria has seen.

    http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/opinion/10035338.Felling_of_the_monkey_puzzle_tree_raises_questions/

    http://monkeypuzzlepledge.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/monkey-puzzle-felled/

    https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-lake-district-brand-disowns-west-cumbria-in-a-fit-of-nuclear-madness/

    http://northern-indymedia.org/articles/2612

    http://www.davidsmythe.org/nuclear/ennerdale%2031oct12.pdf

Other Side of The Lakes – A Nuclear Dump?

Other Side of the Lakes
Other Side of the Lakes

Why are the movers and shakers in Cumbria still faffing about trying to please government by going along with this insane plan for a nuclear dump ?

Letter below to West Cumbria Tourism

Dear West Cumbria Tourism,

As a wildlife artist I agree wholeheartedly with your marketing team that the Western Lake District is a magical place. It is of desperate concern that Cumbria Tourism is therefore going along with the Government plan to push for a geological nuclear dump in this area of complex and wonderfully diverse geology.

The very thing that makes the Western Lakes unique, complex geology, is also what should have set immediate alarm bells ringing and galvanised West Cumbria Tourism into strongly opposing the planned nuclear dump.

Following Tim Farron MP’s question and the responses in Parliament last week (see below) Cumbrians can no longer be under any illusion that this proposal is linked to new build and that the government is desperately keen for the nuclear dump to happen. I am not alone in increasingly feeling that our only chance of resisting the government agenda is for the movers and shakers such as Cumbria Tourism to start vehemently opposing the plan rather than faffing about trying to please government and going along with it.

Yours sincerely, Marianne Birkby Wildlife Artist

http://www.natureartists.com/marianne_birkby.asp

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121101/debtext/121101-0001.htm#12110129000015

Energy and Climate Change Oral Questions 1 Nov 2012 : Column 356 Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale) (LD):

Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that the new nuclear build for the west coast of Cumbria seems to be tied to the storage of nuclear waste at the site? Given the recent earth tremors in west Cumbria, one of which reached nearly 4 on the Richter scale a year or so ago, does he not agree that that would be the worst geological site in the UK on which to store nuclear waste?

Mr Davey: I have to say to my hon. Friend that that is certainly not what our scientists and analysts are saying. I know that there is a debate about the geological disposal facility in west Cumbria, but I am reassured that the local authorities are going about the decision on whether to host such a GDF in a sensible and authoritative way, and I am sure that they will support the proposal, which is an important step forward for new nuclear.

1 Nov 2012 : Column 371 John Robertson: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his short answer. He knows of my great support for nuclear energy and that I would like it to help to reduce our carbon emissions, but we have to respect the public’s concern about radioactive waste. What does he plan to do to ease people’s concerns in the realm of waste?

Mr Davey: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s question. He will know that we have made it clear that new nuclear investors need to be responsible for the decommissioning costs and disposal of their waste. That is part of the deal—they must meet those financial obligations. In addition, as I said earlier to my hon. Friend the Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron), we are working with a number of communities, particularly in west Cumbria, on a geological disposal facility.

LAKES NUKILLER DUMP SAFE says DECC

Published on Nov 1, 2012 by 

LIstening to Radio Cumbria at 4pm today I hear the news that Tim Farron MP has asked a Parliamentary Question on how safe a geological nuclear dump would be under Cumbria. Ed Davey Minister in charge of DECC says “IT WILL BE SAFE” Now we know where Cumbria stands…on the edge of darkness!

The graphics are from a comic novel being made (unfunded, voluntarily) to send as an ebook to all the snoozing councillors and Partners in the Government’s diabolic plan to sacrifice Cumbria.

The novel will be the third one to be sent to Cumbrian councillors and supposed movers and shakers like Cumbria Tourism- who so far might as well be mannequins as far as protecting Cumbria is concerned.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-commons-debates/read/unknown/9/#c9

Today's
Commons debates - Thursday 01 November 2012

Energy and Climate Change

The
Secretary of State was asked—

Nuclear Power

Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale)
(LD): 

Does my
right hon. Friend share my concern that the new nuclear build for the west
coast of Cumbria seems to be tied to the storage of nuclear waste at the site?
Given the recent earth tremors in west Cumbria, one of which reached nearly 4
on the Richter scale a year or so ago, does he not agree that that would be the
worst geological site in the UK on which to store nuclear waste?

Mr Davey: 

I have to
say to my hon. Friend that that is certainly not what our scientists and
analysts are saying. I know that there is a debate about the geological
disposal facility in west Cumbria, but I am reassured that the local
authorities are going about the decision on whether to host such a GDF in a
sensible and authoritative way, and I am sure that they will support the
proposal, which is an important step forward for new nuclear. End