Radiation Free Lakeland have been passed a letter addressed to Santa from HM Government.
The letter has been leaked by brave whistleblower, Vixen the Reindeer.
Dear Santa, We have been working VERY hard again this year to convince Cumbrians that ‘Managing Radioactive Waste Safely’ means mining a MEGA hole to dump nuclear waste in. Please Santa, we need this solution in order to build bigger and better nuclear plants that would produce hotter waste.
Please Santa, keep campaigners saying ‘bury it under London’ and ‘burn the plutonium’ and please muffle and marginalise those who want to contain the waste on site and STOP the production of more and more waste.
We have continued to make sure that all the movers and shakers in Cumbria are ON MESSAGE, SILENT or making MEANINGLESS noises about the BRAND of CUmbria. Please Santa, keep the GEOLOGICAL DUMP on track and convince Cumbrians that this is a huge OPPORTUNITY. yours sincerely, Baroness Verma on behalf of HM. Govnt
PS We have also worked VERY hard this year on diversionary tactics. EG We BANNED fracking to highlight how dangerous it is and then REVOKED the ban to set activists and the media running after that hare DIVERTING attention away from the BIG FRACKING radioactive gassy NUKE DUMP. (imagine us banning nuclear!? LoL)
images taken on Wednesday 19th December 2012 near Storth
Out for a Christmas walk in the area of Arnside and Silverdale AONB we spotted something none of us had seen before. Near to Storth we had criss crossed the railway lines where spent fuel is transported across the Bay to Sellafield. In the fields near to water channels there was this stuff that looked at first glance like broken but strangely globular bits of ice. It turned out to be fascinatingly gelatinous and walking further on we found other areas with the stuff that varied from the size of a big marble to the size of a foot.
We’d heard of some being found in the Lakes previously and varying explanations were given from Red Deer sperm to blobs from outer space. The explanation of Red Deer sperm seemed as highly implausible as the martian blobs, surely if it was a result of rutting deer then there would have been songs and legends written about this stuff! According to Wiki this stuff is described as Star Jelly ” (also called astromyxin, astral jelly, pwdr sêr, star rot, or star shot) is a gelatinous substance that, according to folklore, is deposited on the earth during meteor showers.
Star jelly is described as a translucent or grayish-white gelatin that tends to evaporate shortly after having “fallen.” Explanations have ranged from the material’s being the remains of frogs, toads, or worms, to the byproducts of cyanobacteria, to the paranormal.
Reports of the substance date back to the 14th century and have continued to the present day.”
We collected a bit for analysis by scientist Allan Pentecost who said it had similar structure to ‘plasmodium’ slime mould. Slime moulds can move along under their own steam -like amoeba.
It is unlike any slime mould I have ever seen and I am inclined to the more romantic sounding “Star Jelly” explanation of this stuff falling to earth from meteor showers or something similar!
I was merrily painting and listening to Radio Cumbria while working on a commission this afternoon when Baroness Verma of DECC came on telling us that “a repository will be a huge opportunity for Cumbria” and she hopes that we will “accept that DECC will work towards a package to ensure the brand of Cumbria is not damaged at all”
This is unacceptable. The Baroness goes on to say that Cumbria has had a long relationship with the nuclear industry. That is true but the relationship is an abusive one and Cumbria is now being aggressively groomed to accept the unacceptable.
Please sign this new petition – it is to the Leader of Cumbria County Council. CCC has the right of veto as the overarching authority – if they say no (as they should have done already given that most councillors oppose the dump) then the plan goes no further….
TO: EDDIE MARTIN, LEADER OF CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL
Dear Eddie Martin,
We urge you to vote No on 30 January to the plans to build an underground nuclear dump in the Lake District. The Councils should have stopped this once and for all on 11 October, but you said you needed more time. The issues are as clear now as they were in October. Government and independent scientists have said categorically that the plans are not safe. We urge you not to sit on the hedge any longer: Vote No and protect the citizens you were elected to represent.
Why is this important?
On 30 January 2013 the executives of Cumbria, Allerdale and Copeland County Councils will vote on whether to continue with Government plans to build an underground nuclear dump in the Lake District of up to 25km square. Scientists from the Government’s Nirex investigation in the 1990s onwards have made it categorically clear that an underground nuclear depository is not safe in mountainous areas of high waterfall where radioactive waste is likely to leak into the water table, where the geology is unstable as in the whole of the Lake District region, with multiple cracks through which radioactive material could escape. There is no scientific evidence that an underground nuclear repository would be safe anywhere, and yet the Government is determined to continue with its plans to bury waste anywhere people can be persuaded to take it. Voting No would force the Government to take a more responsible attitude in its plans for nuclear expansion – burying the waste out of sight is not the safe answer to this dilemma. https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/truth-to-power-no-nuke-dump/ http://www.davidsmythe.org/nuclear/documents.htm http://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/en/Publications/2010/rock-solid-a-scientific-review/
The mantra is that “70% of nuclear waste is already here” – what a load of bull, it is arriving daily.
The latest is the first of 90 rail shipments of nuclear material from Dounreay in Caithness to Sellafield in Cumbria made overnight.
The journey was understood to have been made under armed escort.
Forty-four tonnes of breeder material in total will be transported by train to Sellafield for reprocessing.
At an estimated cost of £60m, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said it was a cheaper option than trying to deal with it at Dounreay despite advice of the Shetland Islands Council and the Nuclear Free Local Authorities to contain the waste onsite.
Last Saturday afternoon in the city of Rouen, Normandy – people joined hands
to send out a simple messge “*yes to renewable energy* and *no to nuclear*”.
A very festive occasion with kids, parents, grand parents and in general a
wide range of people from all different backgrounds.
This is the first in a series of events in Rouen, with more to follow
throughout France and Europe leading up to the massive event on 9 March
2013 in Paris. Our goal is to surround different places where decisions
are made regarding nuclear such as: Areva, EDF, parliament, the Nuclear
Safety Authority, etc.. with a giant humain chain to show that enough is
Last weeks letter from the Sellafield Workers Campaign claims that
Radiation Free Lakeland “are not opposed to a geological dump”.
We are opposed to a geological dump. We are opposed not just
in Cumbria but anywhere. Yes we agree with the findings of Nirex and
Professors Smythe and Haszeldine that Cumbria’s geology is too complex but
we part company with the professors and Nirex in pointing the finger
elsewhere in the country. We agree with the findings of the Rock Solid?
scientific review written by Dr Helen Wallace which concludes that the
science of geological ‘disposal’ is not adequate to guarantee safety and
may never be.
Last weeks letter also states that Radiation Free Lakeland “want to shut
down Sellafield and its 10,000 workers with it.” Again this is simply not
true. We are opposed to “decommissioning” of Sellafield when that
“decommissioning” means dispersal of radioactive rubble, debris and soil
into ordinary landfill; melting down and ‘recycling’ of radioactive metal
into everything from children’s toys to pots and pans, and the dispersal
of radioactivity into the wider environment.
On the recent BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ documentary the Sellafield Workers
Campaign said that “it is unfair to expect workers to repackage wastes
over and over again.” We agree, there is nothing fair about the nuclear
industry and the prospect of nuclear workers repacking wastes into
eternity to ensure containment. What is even more unfair, however, is to
expose the wider public to the kind of doses that Sellafield workers are
routinely and accidentally exposed to. The unions and industry run a
Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases for nuclear workers.
Increasing the nuclear footprint with a huge geological dump and dangerous
new build would dramatically increase the likelihood of routine and
accidental radioactive pollution. Radiation Free Lakeland are all members
of the general public. We would rather be protected by thousands of
Sellafield workers repacking waste again and again into eternity than
increase Cumbria’s nuclear footprint with a geological dump.
We ask that all money and expertise goes into keeping the nuclear waste
contained on sites of production. Key to this would be ending the
continued transport of waste to Sellafield and stopping the production of
yet more wastes from reprocessing and new build.
Surely the Sellafield Workers Campaign has the same overarching aim as
Radiation Free Lakeland, that is to prevent radioactive contamination and
toxic emissions from Sellafield reaching the environment?
Radiation Free Lakeland
note: reference to metal “recycling” by Studsvik at Lillyhall was edited out of letter published by the Westmorland Gazette melting down and ‘recycling’ of radioactive metal
into everything from children’s toys to pots and pans,
More excellent letters here in the Keswick Reminder responding to Jamie Reed MP’s vitriolic attack on his constituents who oppose the government plan for a nuke dump
During the government quango MRWS (Managing Radioactive Waste Safely) drop in sessions earlier this year Dr Jeremy Dearlove coerced the unsuspecting public with reassurances that a
nuclear ‘repository’ would be so safe he would be happy to have it under
his home. Dr Dearlove is thought to live in Ennerdale.
The public is now more informed and Dr Dearlove must the be the ONLY person in Ennerdale to think that a nuclear waste dump under your house is a good idea. There was a packed public meeting on Monday and following that a 38 degrees campaign request which has already got almost 200 signatures (38 degrees is the geothermal heat at 1000 metres deep)
Surely the Sellafield Workers Campaign has the same overarching aim as us…to prevent radioactive contamination and toxic emissions from the nuclear industry from reaching the environment?
Their letter is wrong wrong wrong factually. It appears in the Westmorland Gazette on the same day as a double page advert for the geological dump.
The letter states that Radiation Free Lakeland “are not opposed to a geological dump”. What??
We are opposed to a geological dump not just in Cumbria but anywhere! Yes we agree with the findings of Professors Smythe and Haszeldine that Cumbria’s geology is too complex but we part company in the pointing of fingers at elsewhere in the country. We are NIMBY’s but also Not In Anyones Back Yard. We agree with the findings of the Rock Solid? report written by Dr Helen Wallace that the science of geological ‘disposal’ is not adequate and may never be.
The letter states that we “want to shut down Sellafield and its 10,000 workers with it” Really?
Again this is simply not true in fact we are opposed to “decommissioning” of Sellafield when that “decommissioning” means dispersal of radioactive rubble, debris and soil into ordinary landfill, melting down and ‘recycling’ of radioactive metal into everything from children’s toys to pots and pans, and the dispersal of radioactivity into the wider environment. On the BBC’s Inside Out documentary aired recently the Sellafield Workers Campaign said that “it is unfair to expect workers to repackage wastes over and over again,” we agree, there is nothing fair about the nuclear industry and the workers repacking wastes to ensure containment, but what is even more unfair is to expose the wider public to the kind of doses that Sellafield workers are routinely and accidentally exposed to. Increasing the nuclear footprint with a GDF and new build would increase by more than a millionfold the likelihood of routine and accidental radioactive pollution. As a members of the general public we would rather be protected by the Sellafield workers repacking waste on an already toxic 6km site with ‘danger money’ jobs into eternity than increase Cumbria’s nuclear footprint into toxic bootprints from coast to coast and beyond.
So keep Sellafield and the thousands of jobs – but end the insane production of yet more wastes from reprocessing and new build. Our water resource is not big enough to cool yet more waste for another 160 years.
A graphic novel has been sent to the Chair of the Lake District National Park. The third in the series about an unassuming Cumbrian couple trying to make sense of the plan to dump high level nuclear wastes under their Lakeland home.
A Christmas Gift to Cumbria….
The letter to DECC’s Baroness Verma outlining your concern that the brand
of Cumbria will be impacted upon by geological disposal of high level
nuclear waste is a step in the right direction. However, Cumbria is more
than a ‘brand’ and Cumbrian’s have up to now been very badly let down by
movers and shakers such as the Lake District National Park Authority on
the most important issue that Cumbria has faced. While the LDNPA strongly
opposed the wind turbines at Whinash on the grounds of landscape and
habitat destruction there has been no such opposition to the plan for
geological dumping, the rock spoil alone from the mined area would bury
the Whinash turbines beneath giant pyramids.
In your letter to Baroness Verma you state:
“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”.
This is inexcusable. While it may be the case that full (and horrific)
understanding would only emerge many years in the future we do know enough
about the complex geology of Cumbria to take a definitive position and say
no now. We also know that even in the most “perfect” geology the science
of deep disposal of high level nuclear waste is literally a stab in the
dark, with guesstimates taking the place of evidence based science. Is
Cumbria to be the nuclear guinea pig? The latest report from the Swedish
Radiation Safety Authority says :
“the canister temperature will be high enough to evaporate adjacent
groundwater and hence the canister will be in contact with steam for much
of the resaturation period. If this condition exists, then the canister
will suffer low pressure steam corrosion, which is a form of atmospheric
corrosion. In order to assess whether this scenario is likely, it will be
necessary to estimate the pressure in the repository, which is located
500m below the surface and to investigate the phenomenon experimentally”.
“There is lack of information about the steam corrosion of pure copper in
the available literature. Therefore, some experimental needs to be
performed, in order to address the corrosion mechanism and rate of copper
canister corrosion in contact with steam”.
Will the Lake District National Park Authority act on their concern and
send a further letter to DECC as a matter of urgency stating your strong
opposition to going to stage 4 of the geological disposal program in
Cumbria? The Chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership, Lord
Clark is a staunch supporter of geological disposal of nuclear wastes
under Cumbria, maybe because he is also a non executive director of
Sellafield? Is Lord Clark’s conflict of interest of any concern to
It is clear that despite escalating costs the state of facilities to look
after existing nuclear waste on the 6km site at Sellafield is in a mess.
Radiation Free Lakeland are very concerned that the LDNPA have gone beyond
their remit by their support for new wastes from new so called “high burn”
nuclear build at Sellafield. We request that you ask Baroness Verma where
the fresh water is going to come from to cool the wastes from new build.
New build wastes would be hotter and need extended cooling for 160 years.
In previous correspondence with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority we
have been told that the additional fresh water needs are a matter for the
developer. We disagree and urge the LDNPA to take full responsibility for
protecting our fragile water resource.
Please give Cumbria the only gift that matter this Christmas – your
Will the LDNPA send a letter to DECC with strong opposition to going to
stage 4 of the geological disposal program in Cumbria?
Will the LDNPA ask DECC where will the fresh water come from to cool new
build wastes for 160 years?
Please accept this Christmas Gift
from Radiation Free Lakeland –
a book available to view online:
Swallows & Amazons For You… For Life!
The book can be viewed here: