Elephants, rhinos, environment under threat from 60 million tons of radioactive waste

Tanzania Selous Game Reserve - World Heritage Site - image from 'Swallows and Amazons'
Tanzania Selous Game Reserve – World Heritage Site – image from ‘Swallows and Amazons’

The World Heritage Committee agrees boundary change that will allow uranium mining at the Tanzania Selous Game Reserve – a World Heritage site.

As in Cumbria the regulators and those who are supposed to be watchdogs are bending over backwards to accommodate the nuclear industry

A foreign uranium mining conglomerate will be allowed to exploit the precious Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania after the World Heritage Committee (WHC) decided, at its July 2012 session in Russia, to accept what was described as a “minor boundary change” of the site.

The change had been requested by the Government of Tanzania, in order to make way for the development of a major uranium mine, Mkuju River Uranium Project, owned by Russian ARMZ and Canadian Uranium One.

The decision to allow the boundary change would allow the Mkuju River uranium project, situated in the South of the Selous Game Reserve at its transition to the Selous Niassa Wildlife Corridor, to go forward. The Tanzanian Government lobbied heavily for the boundary change, after declaring its intent to ” win the battle” against the UNESCO WHC.

Dozens of environmental groups around the world, many of them members of the German-based Uranium Network, decried the WHC decision which could lead to the creation of 60 million tons of radioactive and poisonous waste by the mine during its 10-year lifespan (139 million tons if a projected extension of the mine should be implemented).

The radioactive wastes pose a serious threat to Selous Game Reserve which is home to the world’s largest elephant population and other wildlife. No proven methods exist to keep the radioactive and toxic slush and liquids from seeping into surface waters, aquifers or spreading with the dry season wind into the Reserve.

full story here:
Uranium-network.org Press Release
http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11846

Nuclear Waste NOT MENTIONED in Lillyhall proposal.

Flyer and Letter to Tim Farron MP - Radioactive Landfill
Flyer and Letter to Tim Farron MP – Radioactive Landfill x 2

Please print out the letter below and ask your family and friends and everyone to sign – the letters can be sent direct to Tim Farron MP or to Radiation Free Lakeland email rafl @ mariannebirkby.plus.com for address

Letter to Tim Farron MP – Radioactive Waste in Landfill

An application to extend the life of the Lillyhall nuclear
waste dump near Workington until 2029 DOES NOT MENTION NUCLEAR WASTE. This is because the law has been changed to classify High Volume Very Low Level Waste as “exempt” although the EU Directorate for Radiation Protection lets it slip…

Lillyhall Very Low Level Radioactive Waste Repository

What the application says on the Cumbria County Council website is:

Section 73 application to vary conditions no 1 & no 55 of planning permission 2/93/9033 to allow extended period of tipping until 2029 with an additional year for restoration, Reduce the landfill void, Revised restoration and contours, revise phasing of tipping , confirm accepted waste types, regularise areas of historic tipping and address historic contradictions and confirm remaining void space.
NO MENTION OF NUCLEAR WASTE!

Meanwhile the EU Directorate says:

“A recent Hydrogeological Risk Assessment has demonstrated that the proposed modifications to the design are sufficient for the controlled release of radioactivity in the HV-VLLW to groundwaters.
It is expected that the HV-VLLW will arrive at the Lillyhall Landfill Site in skips or tipper trucks. The waste will be covered during transport to prevent the re-suspension of dust and water ingress. Plastic liners or super sacks may be used to reduce any contamination of the transport container. The HV- VLLW will be loose-tipped to one side of the cell and non-radioactive waste will be disposed to other parts of the cell. HV VLLW is proposed to be deposited in its own dedicated cell and once complete this area will be engineered in the same manner as the dedicated asbestos cell, after which it will be covered with non-hazardous waste. There will be no intimate mixing between the radioactive and non- radioactive wastes. The waste will be tipped in such a way as to ensure that large gradients in slope do not arise, there is no slumping of the waste and the addition of a soil layer on top of the HV-VLLW is practicable”.

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/radiation_protection/article35/doc/tech_report_uk_2011.pdf

The County Council and local councillors are opposing nuclear waste in landfill – but without a change to the law they are effectively powerless to enforce a ban on “exempt” waste arriving at landfill.

Please write to Tim Farron tim@timfarron.co.uk
it doesn’t matter if he is not your MP -he is a Cumbrian MP and a key member of government and the more letters he gets about this the more chance we have of scrapping the insanity of dumping radioactive waste in landfill. Write to your own MP as well – demonstrate outside Lillyhall – get active or our groundwater WILL get radioactive.

Dear Tim Farron MP,

RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION OF CUMBRIAN GROUNDWATERS …

Councils and political leaders in Cumbria have opposed proposals to dump nuclear waste in landfill at Lillyhall and turn a former open cast coal mine in the Lake District into the UK’s first purpose built nuclear dump site. Keekle Head is the source of the beautiful river Keekle and home to endangered species such as hen harriers and fresh water pearl mussels. Radioactive waste, rubble and soil from smashed up nuclear plants undergoing “decommissioning” i.e. dispersal, are being trucked hundreds of miles to Cumbria and this is set to escalate. If this “exempt” waste is so safe why is it being trucked hundreds of miles from Scotland and the South? Why not just put it in Scotland’s landfill? The answer is that it is NOT SAFE and NO ONE WANTS IT. The plan: “the controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters” (EU Directorate D Nuclear Energy Radiation Protection – Lillyhall) .
Please, as a key member of government and Cumbrian MP ensure that the 2007 “exempt” law allowing companies to dump nuclear waste in landfill is revoked. Dumping large volumes of radioactive waste in landfill should be banned as it was prior to 2007. Deregulation of the banks led to a toxic crash. The deregulation of the nuclear industry if not stopped and reversed will lead to a far more serious toxic crash. Please revoke the “exempt” 2007 law and ban nuclear waste in landfill.
Yours sincerely,

Name:

Address:

Info from the Cumbria website
http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/planning-environment/DC/dc.asp

To object to this planning application and support the local council objections please quote Planning application ref no
2/13/9007 and send a message to developmentcontrol@cumbria.gov.uk to arrive
by *15th Aug. *Or send a letter to

Assistant Director
Planning & Sustainability
Environment Directorate
Cumbria County Council
county Offices
Kendal LA9 4RQ

Please share and act – the most important thing is to get the “exempt” law changed or all landfill sites will be potential nuclear dumps with no need to mention nuclear waste in the planning applications!!

Online petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46223

Nuclear Industry Awards Itself – “No One Died” (really? …)

“For the second year running, Sellafield Ltd has scooped the URS Safe Facility Award, beating off competition from around the world.

The Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) team is celebrating bringing this prestigious trophy back to Sellafield. Calder hall won the Safe Facility award in 2012 and for Sellafield to win the award two years running recognises the benchmark of excellence set by the site.

The Award rewards the PFCS rock-solid safety record which was achieved at the same time as accelerating decommissioning of the 60-year-old waste silo. With over one million hours worked, and almost two years without a Lost Time Accident, the legacy plant boasts an enviable safety record.

George Hansrote, Head of PFCS Programme, said: “Our team are exceptionally proud to be acknowledged as leaders in industry safety. Safety is the key consideration for everything we do and this recognises our success at maintaining world-class standards.”

The PFCS was selected to receive the international Award by URS Vice President Brad Giles, who recently visit Sellafield in order to present the award personally.”

International safety award for a second time

Sellafield’s Hot Pants – Fracking Hilarious – we will die laughing.

Mrs Tiggywinkle Scrubbing the Nuclear Laundry
Mrs Tiggywinkle Scrubbing the Nuclear Laundry

Radioactive Laundry Heading to a Drain Near You.

The Environment Agency “do not hold information” about where Sellafield
is sending its highly radioactive laundry – Tim Farron MP has been asked:
who the hell does hold information about Sellafield’s hot pants and is
anyone monitoring them?

A Cumbrian laundry, Shortridge, supplying some of the most prestigious
hotels in the Lake District has a lucrative contract to provide a
contingency laundry for Sellafield’s “non active” towels and underwear.
The “highly active” laundry is sent to Wales according to Shortridge
managers. There is no monitoring once the laundry leaves Sellafield, no
checks once it arrives at Shortridge, the same laundry used by Cumbrian
Hotels.
Baroness Verma recently commented about the intimate relationship
between the nuclear industry and tourism, this perhaps refers to the use
of the same laundry? The Environment Agency has confirmed the appalling
situation which, despite assurances, opens up another new pathway for
routine and accidental contamination.

Shortridge have assured Cumbrian antinuclear campaigners that Sellafield
checks the laundry is “non active.” Shortridge laundry must be very
trusting indeed given Sellafield’s recent £700,000 fine for illegally and apparently unwittingly
dumping bags of radioactive waste including intermediate level waste in
ordinary landfill at Lillyhall. Hanging on to radioactive pants is no
easy task as a couple of years ago Sellafield admitted that bags of
workers’ underwear were scattered willy nilly all over a Cumbrian road.

Of real concern is the fact that Sellafield and the Environment Agency are
keeping schtum about exactly where the highly active laundry is contracted
out to. No one is admitting to taking in the active laundry. Shortridge
have denied that they wash active laundry and say that it is sent to
Wales.

The only nuclear laundry in Wales, Unitech is based in the Ebbw River
valley at Crumlin, home to the potnoodle and they deny taking in
Sellafield’s dirty washing despite having a contract with them and being licensed to receive radioactive laundry from anywhere in the UK .

It is a fair old trek to take radioactive
washing from Cumbria to South Wales. The Environment Agency have refused
to answer Freedom of Information questions about where the highly
contaminated clothing from Sellafield is sent and their refusal has been
upheld by the Information Commissioner who says that the “Environment
Agency does not hold this information” Really? Then
just who is monitoring Sellafield’s hot pants? Following this hand
washing from the Environment Agency of any responsibility or scrutiny we
asked Natural Resources Wales for information.

Like the Environment Agency in England Natural Resources Wales is the
regulatory body responsible for water pollution. Recently they have
worked with South Wales children on a ‘Yellow Fish’ campaign where drains
are marked using the Yellow Fish stencil to raise awareness, “anything
going down drains will ultimately end up entering watercourses and the
sea”.

Surprising then that radioactive discharges from the nuclear
laundry only a mile from Crumlin school (3 to 11 year olds) are being poured into the sewer
system that enters Cardiff East Treatment Works: “Discharge only occurs
after treatment of the water in accordance with accepted best available
techniques (BAT), this removes the bulk of the radioactivity”.

http://www.southlondonpress.co.uk/sport.cfm?id=37033&headline=Bees%20sting%20Addicks%20for%20second%20time
http://www.southlondonpress.co.uk/sport.cfm?id=37033&headline=Bees%20sting%20Addicks%20for%20second%20time

The nuclear laundry in Crumlin is run by Unitech, an American company
originally called Interstate Nuclear Services. In 1974, the Atomic Energy
Commission granted INS/UniTech a license to operate a nuclear laundry
facility in Honolulu, Hawaii.
More recently the nuclear laundry in America has been the subject of local
campaigns to have them removed from residential areas. Meanwhile Regulators in the
UK are bending over backwards to accommodate the nuclear industry with
consents to operate on industrial estates in the midst of residential
areas that were previously unnuclearised such as Lillyhall in Cumbria.

Unitech in common with all nuclear installations uses ‘dilution is the
solution to pollution’ as its method of treating radioactive discharges,

simply increasing the amount of fresh water it uses so the concentrations
of radionuclides in discharges meet “standards.”

This month a report has been released from the School of Biosciences,
Cardiff University revealing that pollutants in South Wales rivers are
reaching dangerous levels: “Between 2008 and 2010, we sampled eggs of a
river passerine, the Eurasian dipper (Cinclus cinclus). .. some egg
contaminants were at or approaching levels sufficient for adverse effects
on avian development.”
As well as tipping radioactive nuclides into the
drains, the nuclear laundry at Crumlin also dumps a cocktail of chemicals
including fluorocarbons. These chemicals are reapplied to the nuclear
laundry following each wash.

Both the Cumbrian and South Wales laundries discharge their water to the
local drains.

The Cumbrian laundry also services the tourist industry, washing the
sheets and tablecloths of some of the most prestigious hotels in Cumbria.
The Welsh laundry is based on the same industrial estate as the largest
bakery in Wales, Braces Bakery, in fact they are neighbours alongside a
crisp factory that recently went up in flames.

Fracking is BAD and people are right to be objecting to the predicted
toxic impact. Fracking Activists are aided by a proper Dick Dastardly name:’Fracking’ and a media willing to tell the public about the ongoing campaigning. In stark contrast politicians and the mainstream press are turning pretty much a deliberate blind eye to the real time toxic overloading of our rivers,
sea, wildlife and our children from nuclear crap.
Anti Nuclear Campaigners struggle to tell the story of our ongoing poisoning in the mainstream media. Even Plaid Cymru a
previously anti nuclear party is bending over backwards to pave the way for much more and much worse new nuclear build –
imagine the toxic tsunami of nuclear laundry heading your way.

If it wasn’t so serious it would be fracking hilarious.

Previously reported by Radiation Free Lakeland
http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/marianne-birkby/radioactive-y-fronts-and-limits-of-parliamentary-scrutiny

Sellafield hot pants dropped on road
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/sellafield-laundry-dropped-on-road-1.783676?referrerPath=home/2.1962

Unitech Laundry – South Wales
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/4069191.Hi_tech_nuclear_laundry_set_for_Crumlin/

Hawaii Nuclear Laundry
http://www.asbca.mil/Decisions/2012/56482_052212_WEB.pdf

Nuclear Laundry Dumping Radioactive Material into Sante Fe Sewage System
http://www.greens.org/s-r/09/09-10.html

Nuclear Laundry razed – Columbia, South Carolina
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-124170392.html

Dilution is the solution to pollution!
http://www.nuclearactive.org/docs/laundryinfo.html

Tell it to the birds
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es402124z?journalCode=esthag

Shortridge Laundry – Cumbria
http://www.shortridgelaundry.co.uk/output/home.asp

Shortridge Nuclear Contract
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/tag/shortridge-laundry/

Chemicals reapplied after every wash
http://www.unitechus.com/media/pdfs/catalogs/UniTech_product_catalog.pdf

Braces Bakery
http://www.bracesbakery.co.uk/

Pot Noodle
A stones throw from the nuclear laundry

Crisp Factory goes up in flames
http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2012-09-20/fire-breaks-out-at-crisp-factory-in-crumlin/

Plaid Cymru pro new nuclear
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-23482154

Note for Reporters
For Freedom of Information correspondence please contact Radiation Free Lakeland:
rafl @ mariannebirkby.plus.com

St Bees Beach Burns Children – and not just the sunshine!

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/cumbrian-mum-s-fury-as-son-7-gets-second-degree-burns-on-school-trip-1.1073107
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/cumbrian-mum-s-fury-as-son-7-gets-second-degree-burns-on-school-trip-1.1073107

Today’s News and Star reports that a 7 year old suffered second degree burns on a school trip to St Bees. Sunshine is an expected risk at the beach. At St Bees beach and most other Cumbrian beaches sunshine is not the only risk.

The risk that parents are not being warned about is the risk from the increasing radioactive particle accumulation (including plutonium) due to continued reprocessing at Sellafield. This is an insidious but real risk damaging to the health of our children who are completely unprotected. Sellafield has stopped monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles over the summer months in order not to alarm people, how considerate!

“Fury” is not too strong a word for those who put our children at such risk.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/category/radioactive-beaches/

– Radioactive Raspberries and Radishes –

Radioactive Radishes - Peter Rabbit

Unpublished letter to local press…

– Radioactive Raspberries and Radishes –

Dear Editor,

Eating locally produced food is a joy and also cuts down on food miles.
If you grow your own or harvest wild crops such as blackberries for free,
even better. Kendal author Mike Berners-Lee has been touring the UK
talking about his new book “The Burning Question. ” The book concludes
quite rightly that fossil fuel should be left in the ground, “food
production is a key driver of global warming” ie local is best. The book
goes on to promote nuclear even going so far as to say “campaigning
against nuclear seems like an odd use of time and effort.” Interestingly
Cumbrian antinuclear campaigners include pronuclear councillors who are
nevertheless opposed to radioactive dumping in landfill. Large swathes
of Cumbria’s land and sea are already contaminated by the nuclear industry
and scientists such as Dr Ian Fairlie already warn that consuming food
grown in the vicinity of nuclear installations is a health risk.

Another local author Sarah Hall was invited to speak to Low Carbon
Lakeland a few years ago about her excellent novel “Carhullan Army.” This
book describes a dystopian future in Cumbria, complete with climate
impacts and an authoritarian regime. The ‘radicalised’ heroines of the
novel live as outlaws growing their own healthy food from the land,
collecting wild food and livestock farming. Sarah Hall’s dystopia may be
rose tinted. If the current trajectory of the government’s nuclear
ambitions, fantastically aided by nuclear apologists such as Mike
Berners-Lee continues, Cumbria’s land will not be fit for any purpose
other than nuclear sacrifice zone.

Councils and political leaders in Cumbria have vehemently opposed
proposals to dump nuclear waste in landfill at Lillyhall and at Keekle
Head. Radioactive waste, rubble and soil from smashed up nuclear plants
undergoing “decommissioning” i.e. dispersal, are being trucked hundreds of
miles daily to Cumbria and this is set to escalate. If this “exempt”
waste is so safe why is it being trucked hundreds of miles from Scotland
and the South? The plan includes “the controlled release of
radioactivity to groundwaters” (EU Directorate D Nuclear Energy Radiation
Protection – Lillyhall).

Dumping large volumes of radioactive waste in landfill should be banned as
it was prior to 2007. Deregulation of the banks led to a toxic crash. The
deregulation of the nuclear industry if not stopped and reversed will lead
to a far more serious toxic crash. Please write to Tim Farron MP and ask
him as a key member of government and Cumbrian MP to ensure that the 2007
“exempt” law allowing companies to dump nuclear waste in landfill is
revoked

It is of some irony that the nuclear industry uses more fossil fuel and
fresh water than any other single user. Campaigning against nuclear may
seem “odd” to Mike Berners-Lee but to Radiation Free Lakeland and even to pro
nuclear councillors it is the only sane option upon which everything else
including the safety of local food relies.

Yours sincerely,
Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland

Flying Dodo Award to Mike Berners-Lee
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/flying-dodo-award-to-mike-berners-lee/
Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Dump – according to EU Directive
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/lillyhall-radioactive-waste-dump-thats-what-europe-says/

Keekle Head Nuclear Dump?
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/presentation-to-keekle-head-inquiry/

The Burning Question
campaigning against nuclear “an odd use of time and effort” The
Burning Question – a much hyped book promoting nuclear power as the
solution to climate change – and sneerily dismissing anti-nuclear
campaigners – this is smart propaganda.
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=K0S0o8mmw5QC&pg=PT146&lpg=PT146&dq=The+burning+question+nuclear&source=bl&ots=Yq9b86hbJz&sig=ZAFn7Xe8gKjHk833ZWo8G6OLibY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=APfiUdevJ9Sv7AbzpoGIDw&ved=0CF4Q6AEwBQ

Carhullan Army
It is a primitive life that they lead, hunting and gathering for food,
using herbs to heal and disinfect, growing crops. They often traded their
produce at the local markets
“They were a strange group, slightly exotic, slightly disliked … Their
dress was different, unconventional; often they wore matching yellow
tunics that tied at the back and came to the knee … They,
were always friendly towards other women, joking with them over the
wicker trays of radishes and cucumbers, giving out discounts and free
butter.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/aug/18/featuresreviews.guardianreview18

Bloggers and Journalists, time to fight back against repression

An important article on Nuclear-news.net
full article here: http://nuclear-news.net/2013/07/13/53997/

Bloggers and Journalists, time to fight back against oppression

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UNESCO extends its call for proposals: Research on the Safety of Online Media Actors Doing Journalism
12.07.2013 – Communication & Information Sector
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Image source ; http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2280613/gchq-prism-allegations-to-be-investigated-by-the-intelligence-and-security-committee

UNESCO launches a call for research proposals in order to produce a qualitative picture of cases around the world linked to guaranteeing the safety of journalists using digital media. The research will analyse the role of governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the media in the protection of online media actors. It will also provide guidelines, good practices and policy recommendations on how to respect the right to freedom of expression in the digital environment.

Image source ; http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/microsoft-reportedly-provided-outlook-skype-encryption-workarounds-for-prism-1165334

Interested researchers and organizations are invited to submit their proposals by 31 July 2013.

Parallel to unprecedented diffusion of online media and digital communication worldwide, there is a worrying trend that websites of news media, human rights organizations, critical bloggers, and other individuals or organizations disseminating information have increasingly become targets of illegitimate surveillance, hacking and attacks from various sources ranging from State-based actors to third parties.

Image source ; http://godhelpusall.com/prism-government-surveillance-humor-funny-true/10106

More extremely, some media actors are being killed for their online journalism. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists out of 50 of those journalists who were killed in the first part 2012, a total of 17 were online journalists. In turn, Reporters without Borders has registered the killing of 39 netizens and citizen journalists by late 2012.

The UN Human Rights Committee in its general comment No. 34 has defined journalism as “a function shared by a wide range of actors, including professional full-time reporters and analysts, as well as bloggers and others who engage in forms of self-publication in print, on the Internet or elsewhere.” The term “journalists” in this envisaged research includes, therefore, all online media actors who do journalism while not ignoring differences amongst them.

UNESCO is concerned about the online safety of journalists and its significant human rights implication, particularly on freedom of expression and related privacy protection. This research fits within the Organization’s on-going efforts to implement the UN Inter-Agency Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. At the same time, it is clear that there is only limited information available about the extent of online threats and the digital safety literacy of journalists. To that end, UNESCO perceives a need to collect more information on the safety situation of online journalists across the globe.

UNESCO, therefore, invites interested researchers and organizations to submit their proposals, according to the Terms of Reference, by email to Ms Xianhong Hu, before noon (CET), 31 July 2013. Proposals have to include detailed description of the research methodology, deliverables, timeline and requested funding.

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_calls_for_proposals_research_on_the_safety_of_online_media_actors_doing_journalism/back/18256/

Fukushima – Science Media Centres and their part in corrupting truth..
Posted by nuclear-news.net

11 July 2013

By arclight2011part2

I would like to bring to your attention the mechanism by which science journalism is being undermined.. It may explain George Monbiot`s conversion to the nuclear industry among other things. This mechanism is the Science Media Centers of the world and the nuclear industry driven PR machine

There is growing evidence that the existence of SMCs is also encouraging news organizations to downgrade science reporters. Recently the newspaper The Australian sacked its science reporter, Leigh Dayton. The reason she was given by the editors was..

“they could rely on the supply of press releases from the Australian SMC so that their general reporters could write the science news”.

A large empirical study carried out recently by Andy Williams of Cardiff University, UK also confirmed that..

Science PR was increasing and independent science journalism was decreasing.

More here

Fukushima – Science Media Centres and their part in corrupting truth..

Flying Dodo Award to Mike Berners Lee

Snow Leopard painting - Marianne Birkby

- Flying Dodo Award -  Mike Berners-Lee
– Flying Dodo Award –
Mike Berners-Lee

A strange day yesterday and a spur of the moment action. I spent the day at Rydal working on a painting of Snow Leopards, the big cats who are under all kinds of threats not least loss of habitat from mining including uranium mining by the Chinese in Tibet. I wasn’t going to go to the talk in Kendal that evening as having previously read Mike Berners Lee’s book “The Burning Question” promoting nuclear as a solution to climate change I felt that I would want to say something and didn’t have the energy to go up against the “Carbon Guru.” I knew he would be surrounded by acolytes ( wish I had some of those) and right on Guardian readers. I read the Guardian too – but I also don’t mind being seen reading the Daily Mail, the Mirror, the Sun and the Times and anything – they are all dodgy but pander to different tastes. My taste is varied.

Anyway something pulled me along and I went along in my painting togs having made a quick Flying Dodo Award should I be brave enough to speak.

I did speak during questions, to his credit Mike Berners Lee accepted the award in bemused good spirit saying he “did not mean to say what he did about nuclear” that ‘it had been taken in the wrong way’ and other such stuff. Mmmmm right!

The audience was very eloquent about Transition Towns, Slow Food, Renewables – but EVERYTHING is made meaningless without clean air, fresh water, soil, and clean seas and beaches – all of which are being trashed by nuclear.

I was speaking to some young people at the end of the meeting who obviously thought Mike the cats whiskers, when I said goodbye I made the mistake of glancing back and seeing the young lass roll her eyes at the nutter. hey ho….

Correspondence with Mike Berners-Lee below…

Thu, July 18, 2013 9:15 pm

Dear Mike,

Pg 19 – in particular .. “At the very least campaigning against nuclear
seems like an odd use of time and effort”

This is a very strong statement and doubly emphasised with “against” in
italics. Would you include ANYONE campaigning against nuclear? Is pro
nuclear MP Jamie Reed wasting his time when he opposes decommissioned
smashed up nuclear plants, and contaminated soil and rubble being trucked
from Scotland to Cumbrian landfill? EVEN Jamie Reed and others in Cumbria
who are pronuclear are opposed to new areas of Cumbria being opened up
with a deliberate “controlled release of radioactivity in the High Volume
Very Low Level Waste to groundwaters.”

I don’t know of any anti nuclear activist who would be opposed to the
industry funding its own R&D into waste management but you go on to
promote the pie in the sky “next generation of nuclear technologies” are
you saying that you are in favour of business as usual and the governments
new build programme? Or are you being more abstract?

I liked your slide with the message in the bottle “truth in the world’s
media” – the nuclear industry has created a culture of secrecy, lies and
obfuscation. “Fresh eyes” blinded to the truth are exactly what the
nuclear industry wants to achieve ! The Compensation Scheme for Radiation
Linked Diseases includes cataracts. http://www.csrld.org.uk/html/qa.php

best regards,

Marianne

> Thanks Marian.
>
> Just to clarify, exactly which text from the book makes you think that is
> what we think. Can you email me word for word the exact text? Skimming
> through again now, I can’t find what you might be referring to – which
> doesn’t necessarily mean that it doesn’t exist – I suppose it is possible
> in the frantic final editing.
>
> I think the last sentence in the nuclear section is the most important.
>
> Thanks for the award. I think I left it in the room, but now I rather wish
> I’d kept it as a memento. Thanks for having a sense of humour of a
> passionate difference of views.
>
> Best wishes
>
> Mike
>
>
>
> Mike Berners-Lee
> Small World Consulting Ltd
> http://www.sw-consulting.co.uk
>
> Lancaster Environment Centre
> Gordon Manley Building
> Lancaster University
> Lancaster LA1 4YQ
> 01524 510272
> 07900 954187
>
> Small World Consulting Ltd. is an associate company of Lancaster
> University
> Registered office: 44 Greenside, Kendal LA9 5DT
> Registered in England No. 4389483
>
> Books:
> ‘The Burning Question’
> Written with Duncan Clark
> Publication date 18 April 2013
> ‘Fascinating, important and highly recommended’ – Al Gore
>
> ‘How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of everything’
> 2010
>
>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Marianne Birkby [mailto:Wildart@mariannebirkby.plus.com]
> Sent: 18 July 2013 08:02
> To: Mike@sw-consulting.co.uk
> Subject: Nuclear support
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> From: Marianne Birkby
> Subject: Nuclear support
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> Message Body:
> dear Mike,
>
> Thank you for the talk at Kendal and receiving the Flying Dodo Award in
> good spirit. You said that you did not mean to say what you did in the
> book about nuclear. I am not quite sure what you mean by that. The book
> reads that you are in support of the government’s push for new nuclear
> build including at Sellafield. is this not the case? if so it would be
> very helpful if you could make a statement to the effect that you are not
> in support of the government giving green light planning consents for new
> nuclear build.
> Best regards,
>
> marianne
> Radiation Free Lakeland

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The Burning Question

“campaigning against nuclear seems like an odd use of time and effort…”
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=K0S0o8mmw5QC&pg=PT146&lpg=PT146&dq=The+burning+question+nuclear&source=bl&ots=Yq9b86hbJz&sig=ZAFn7Xe8gKjHk833ZWo8G6OLibY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=APfiUdevJ9Sv7AbzpoGIDw&ved=0CF4Q6AEwBQ

“Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Dump” – thats what Europe says ..

Beneath the Dark Mountain, lies the Dark Secret... the earth is Unearth - and can never be unearthed.
Beneath the Dark Mountain, lies the Dark Secret… the earth is Unearth – and can never be unearthed.

“Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Dump” – thats what Europe says and our government is going along with the diabolic plan.

While the Keekle Head Inquiry has now finished and the inspector will mull over whether or not to allow radioactive waste into a new area of Cumbria, Lillyhall Landfill continues to be targeted as a nuke dump without so much as a planning application for using the landfill as a nuke dump – no need – as the radioactive waste is “exempt” under a recent deregulatory law. The plan is to dump as much as possible of decommissioned nuclear power plants into Lillyhall under the “exempt” law. Radioactive waste, rubble and soil from smashed up nuclear plants undergoing “decommissioning” i.e. dispersal are being trucked to Cumbria. If this “exempt” waste is so safe why is it being trucked hundreds of miles from Scotland and the South? Why not just put it in Scotland’s landfill? The answer is that it is NOT SAFE and NO ONE WANTS IT. The only ethical solution is to leave the nuke plants intact and not “decommission” i.e. do not disperse them into the wider environment but have them as living monuments to man’s nuclear folly with guards to look after them and research and development into keeping the waste on site contained into eternity. Decommissioning is merely a PR ruse to disperse the whole shebang of nuclear plants into landfill or deep geological dumps and then point to for example Chapelcross and say “look how sustainable nuclear power is – this land is now free from nuclear and we have planted a peace tree” meanwhile the whole shebang is festering in Cumbrian landfill with a “controlled release of radioactivity in the High Volume Very Low Level Waste to groundwaters.” And there are those in Cumbria who spread the untruth that campaigning against nuclear is an odd waste of time and effort. It is the only way to waste time and effort ..and Radiation Free Lakeland will continue to waste as much time and effort as we can!

This is EU Directorate D Nuclear Energy Radiation Protection!!

Lillyhall Very Low Level Radioactive Waste Repository (really?? thats news to us!)

“A recent Hydrogeological Risk Assessment has demonstrated that the proposed modifications to the design are sufficient for the controlled release of radioactivity in the HV-VLLW to groundwaters.
It is expected that the HV-VLLW will arrive at the Lillyhall Landfill Site in skips or tipper trucks. The waste will be covered during transport to prevent the re-suspension of dust and water ingress. Plastic liners or super sacks may be used to reduce any contamination of the transport container. The HV- VLLW will be loose-tipped to one side of the cell and non-radioactive waste will be disposed to other parts of the cell. HV VLLW is proposed to be deposited in its own dedicated cell and once complete this area will be engineered in the same manner as the dedicated asbestos cell, after which it will be covered with non-hazardous waste. There will be no intimate mixing between the radioactive and non- radioactive wastes. The waste will be tipped in such a way as to ensure that large gradients in slope do not arise, there is no slumping of the waste and the addition of a soil layer on top of the HV-VLLW is practicable”.

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/radiation_protection/article35/doc/tech_report_uk_2011.pdf

PETITION – NO NUCLEAR WASTE IN LANDFILL
Please sign and share – it is not an easy message to get out..
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46223

campaigning against nuclear “an odd use of time and effort”
The Burning Question – a much hyped book promoting nuclear power as the solution to climate change – and sneerily dismissing anti-nuclear campaigners – this is smart propaganda.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=K0S0o8mmw5QC&pg=PT146&lpg=PT146&dq=The+burning+question+nuclear&source=bl&ots=Yq9b86hbJz&sig=ZAFn7Xe8gKjHk833ZWo8G6OLibY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=APfiUdevJ9Sv7AbzpoGIDw&ved=0CF4Q6AEwBQ

Remember REMEMBER these Nuclear Acrobatics ….

Remember this ...
Remember this …

Nuclear Acrobatics Over Keekle Head do not comply to the official narrative that Cumbrians are complete idiots who do not care a fig if their beloved county is littered with nuclear waste dumps.

Remember those pro nuclear Councillors, Tim Knowles and David Southward who tried to overturn Cumbria County Council’s NO to Geological Disposal of High Level Nuclear Waste? Well, they strongly condemn the plan to dump low level wastes at Keekle Head. These councillors’ feats of nuclear acrobatic agility should be headline news – national and local! However, the fact that this is stark staring hypocrisy is of rather less interest than the deliberate lack of reporting on a proposed diabolic development of national importance. Is this because the official narrative of the nuclear golden goose is being challenged and seen for what it is – a toxic toad?

Radiation Free Lakeland have been sent the following article that made it through to print in the West Cumbrian edition of the News and Star – interestingly this news did not make it onto the website and certainly did not make it into Whitehaven News.

We would do well to remember and shout about what David Southward and Tim Knowles have said about Keekle when/if the government try to pin a geological dump on Cumbria again. When the reasons for opposing Keekle Head are magnified a trillion fold.

News and Star – Friday 28th June 2013

COSTLY WASTE DUMP INQUIRY CONDEMNED

Appeal shows contempt for authority – councillor

By Ian Duncan

A costly planning inquiry into a proposed nuclear waste dump has been condemned by a leading West Cumbrian county councillor.

Developers had hoped to contvert a former open cast coal mine, at Keekle Head, into a storage facility for low-level nuclear waste.

The application for the site was submitted by Endecom UK Ltd and was rejected by Cumbria County Council in May last year. However the company appealed against the decision, claiming it would rejuvenate a neglected corner of the county.

If the plan had been approved it would have seen the site converted into a a facility to store up to one million cubic metres of low level radioactive waste for the next 50 years. The council has defended its decision to reject the plan because officers say there is enough capacity elsewhere in the county.

The claims are now being investigated during a two week planning inquiry held in Kendal and Tim Knowles, who represents the Cleator Moor East and Frizington division, told members at yesterday’s meeting of the full council that he was “disgusted” by the process.

He said: ” A company which is nothing more than a front for a French multi national is appealing against the committee’s decision not to allow the construction of a massive nuclear waste site on an inaccessible west Cumbrian site.”

Mr Knowles said that it could only be accessed using inadequate rural roads and that, according to the nuclear industry’s own figures, there would be no need for any such increase in capacity until after 2030.

He said: “Whilst I accept that it is any applicant’s right to appeal a planning decision, part of the argument being deployed is that we have no regulatory function in this matter.

He said: The contempt with this company shows us flies in the face of localism policies. Copeland, Allerdale and ourselves are against this ridiculous proposal and we should be loudly making our case against these opportunists.”

David Southward, the portfolio holder for economic development said that the original proposal had intended to import the waste from Scotland if it had been successful.

He added the reasons for refusal included congestion on the rural roads and that it would have brought “planning blight” which would have deterred businesses and visitors from coming to the area.

Costly Keekle Head Inquiry Condemned - West Cumbrian edition of News and Star 28.6.13
Costly Keekle Head Inquiry Condemned – West Cumbrian edition of News and Star 28.6.13

Previously..
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/what-part-of-no-dont-you-understand/