China Eyes Up Sellafield – while scrapping nuclear plans at home

http://english.kyodonews.jp/photos/2013/07/235667.html
http://english.kyodonews.jp/photos/2013/07/235667.html

Imagine a world where the repressed Chinese people are marching in the streets opposing nuclear power – while the supposedly free British citizens are encouraged by government to meekly submit to yet another nuclear CONsultation aiming to bury hot nuclear wastes in leaky geology. Imagine a world where a repressive regime will take notice of public opinion and scrap plans for a nuclear development while a supposedly democratic government will try to bypass public opinion by dealing only with a few unrepresentative patsys in borough councils.

Sounds mad? It is mad! And it is happening right now..

“OPPOSE nuclear pollution”; “Give us back our green homeland”. So declared banners raised by some of the hundreds of protesters who took to the streets of Jiangmen city in the southern province of Guangdong on July 12th. In a remarkable concession, the local government announced that it would heed their demands and abandon plans to build a uranium-processing facility. For officials in Beijing, keen to develop nuclear power and keep activism in check, the demonstration was an unsettling sign of potential trouble.
http://www.economist.com/news/china/21582016-rare-protest-prompts-government-scrap-plans-build-uranium-processing-plant
http://rt.com/news/china-protest-nuclear-plant-058/

When authorities finally lifted the moratorium on approvals in October 2012, it was with the stipulation that going forward only “Generation-III” models that meet stricter safety standards would be approved. China has no experience in operating these more advanced models; several of the Generation-III reactors it has currently under construction are already facing delays due to post-Fukushima design changes or supply chain issues.
http://climatecrocks.com/2013/03/01/sign-of-things-to-come-in-china-wind-surpasses-nuclear-in-energy-production/

CHINA’S state nuclear technology developer is in talks to buy land earmarked for new
atomic reactors in Sellafield, Cumbria.
It is understood that State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) will go ahead
only if it receives assurances from Whitehall that it will one day be able to build Chinese-designed nuclear
stations in Britain. The deal was raised in talks last week with Ed Davey, the energy secretary, who is on a 10-day visit to China.

SNPTC is building the first version of its new reactor, the CAP 1400, in China. It is understood the company wants
a government pledge that it will help guide the new design through Britain’s regulatory approval process.

SNPTC is considering joining the Nugen project, which was set up in 2009 by
Iberdrola, the owner of Scottish Power, along with France’s GDF, and SSE, the utility. Nugen bought a large parcel of land
next to the Sellafield toxic waste dump with plans to build up to six reactors. SSE pulled out two years later. Iberdrola
informed GDF last year that it too would no longer proceed.

Toshiba’s Westinghouse has recently entered talks to buy out Iberdrola. SNPTC would likely be a purely financial partner in Nugen.
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Industry/article1320425.ece

Wind surpasses nuclear in China
http://www.earth-policy.org/data_highlights/2013/highlights35

DECC CONsultation
Skewed consultation?
A consultation is said to be ‘skewed’ when it offers a choice between two or three options which are all basically versions of the same thing, rather than offering choices of rejection, or alternate ideas. The ensuing results can only show which of the given options is preferred, rather than showing if people would have preferred not to do any of them, but to do something else instead.

A public consultation should not be addressed as if it were a multiple choice quiz. Participants should feel free to outline their own opinions in the fields provided, and do not have to accept or be limited by the options presented, if these do not accurately represent their views.
http://virtual-lancaster.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/decc-online-survey-high-level-nuclear.html

Do Not Forget…

Do Not Forget to Tell...

DO NOT FORGET to tell
your grandchildren
to make sure
they will let
their grandchildren know
how to inform
their grandchildren
so that they can show
their grandchildren
how to enlighten
their grandchildren
about the way
their grandchildren
will enable
their grandchildren
to to take care of
OUR NUCLEAR WASTE

Tim Farron MP “Powerful Evidence” to Pull the Plug on Radioactive Fly Tipping

Meet the Nuclear Fockers, Lillyhall

MP Tim Farron says there is “powerful evidence” for pulling the plug on
the most dangerous fly tipping in the world.. fly tipping that sanctions
“radioactive releases to groundwaters” in Cumbria. He has written to DECC
and DEFRA asking for the “exempt” law allowing High Volume Very Low Level
Wastes to be tipped into landfill to be annulled.

For ‘Decommissioning’ read Dispersal! This is being exposed as an abuse
of human rights to a safe and clean environment.

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: RE: Lillyhall – Radioactive Yellow Fish Seen in the Lakes
From: “Tim Farron MP”
Date: Mon, September 23, 2013 11:32 am
To: “‘marianne Birkby'”
————————————————————————–

Ms. Marianne Birkby

Our Ref: Birk004/35/ag

23 September 2013

Dear Marianne

Thank you very much for having taken the time to join me at the Castle
Street Centre in Kendal on Saturday morning in order to discuss the
extremely worrying information that you had researched about the mis-use of
the Lillyhall site for nuclear waste decommissioning.

I welcome all the work that you have put into this campaign and I am pleased
to confirm that I have written to the Secretaries of State at DECC and DEFRA
to present the powerful evidence for the law of Exemption to be annulled and
the site to be used only for non-nuclear waste. I will write again, when I
have received his response.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely

Tim Farron MP

Sent: 22 September 2013 19:56

To: tim@timfarron.co.uk

Subject: Lillyhall – Radioactive Yellow Fish Seen in the Lakes

Dear Tim,

Thank you for seeing us on Saturday and for your commitment to finding out
more about the radioactive waste in landfill. To stop this abuse of our
environment the deregulatory “exempt” law could be put back to pre 2007 when
putting high volume nuclear wastes into conventional landfill was quite
rightly banned. Plutonium wastes interact with woody cellulose making the
plutonium wastes much more dangerous (briefing note to CCC from

2010 attached)

to recap what was said:

The UK government has signed up to the Euratom Directive 35 which describes
in detail a plan to turn Lillyhall landfill site into a Radioactive Waste
Repository with a “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters.” A
change to UK law has smoothed the way so that High volumes of “low level”

radioactive wastes can be relabelled “exempt”

allowing them to be dumped in landfill.

The Environment Agency has issued a permit despite the opposition of
prominent pronuclear politicians in Cumbria such as Councillor Tim Knowles
and MP Jamie Reed who has opposed another proposed radioactive landfill at
Keekle Head. County and Borough councils are also opposed to nuclear waste
going into landfill. No area is safe from becoming a nuclear waste dump
under this deregulation. In 2011 following lobbying from Radiation Free
Lakeland, Cumbria County Council and Allerdale Council considered making a
legal challenge against the Environment Agency for issuing a permit to the
operators of Lillyhall landfill which allows low levels of radioactive waste
to be buried. Tim Knowles said: “the waste should be dealt with and disposed
of as close as possible to the site where it has arisen.” Since then
Sellafield has been caught dumping higher level activity bags of waste,
including intermediate waste, at Lillyhall. Marianne Birkby from Radiation
Free Lakeland said “New pathways for dumping radioactive waste into the
environment should not be opened up, we put our trust in the regulators to
protect us but our trust is clearly misplaced as the regulators are bending
over backwards to accommodate the nuclear industrys desire to
“decommission.” It is becoming clear that “decommissioning” is a reassuring
name for “dumping.” We agree with councillor Tim Knowles and MP Jamie Reed
that radioactive waste should be kept at the site at which it has been
produced.”

To highlight the hypocrisy of the Environment Agency issuing a permit to
“release radioactivity to groundwaters” and to remind the Lib Dems of their
electoral pledges to safeguard against nuclear developments, Radiation Free
Lakeland have taken part in the EA’s ‘Yellow Fish’ campaign and there is now
a yellow fish complete with radiation symbol outside Lib Dem offices in
Kendal

You pledged to look into how this situation of radioactive waste dumping in
landfill has been allowed to happen and campaigners hope that you will also
urge government to revoke the 2007 “exempt” law. While this law remains it
means that LLW and VLLW could be trucked and dumped unmarked into
conventional landfill sites releasing radioactivity to groundwaters.

Many Thanks

Marianne

Radiation Free Lakeland –

References:

European Commission Technical Report :Lillyhall Very Low Level Radioactive
Waste Repository

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

eport_uk_2011.pdf

From Scotland to Cumbria – Radioactive Landfill

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/from-scotland-to-cumbria-rad

ioactive-landfill/

Meet the Fockers – private companies taking government contracts to dump
nuclear waste
http://wildar4.wix.com/radiation-free-land#!front-line/cpcc

Environment Agency Yellow Fish Campaign

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/pollution/water/120363.a

spx

Councils Agains N-Waste at Lillyhall

14th April 2011 The Whitehaven News

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/councils-against-n-waste-on-site-1.8276

39?referrerPath=home/2.2837#

Jamie Reed MP expresses opposition to nuclear waste in landfill at Keekle
Head Mr Reed said: “I understand the need for additional disposal facilities
but I don’t believe these should be undertaken away from the existing areas

– it makes no sense to do so.

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/mp-opposes-keekle-head-for-nuclear-waste-site-1.676

386?referrerPath=2.1817

Full Letter signed by upwards of 189+ people

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/rogue-regime-sellafield-and-

co/

Petition to government here: https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/petition-no-nukiller-dump/

Sea Mouse

Sea Mouse underside
Sea Mouse underside
Sea Mouse - topside Blackpool
Sea Mouse – topside Blackpool
Sea Mouse at Blackpool
Sea Mouse at Blackpool

Today I was in Blackpool on an errand to get the car fixed and feeling a bit out of sorts when walking along the sea wall steps I saw something out of this world. It put me in mind of ‘The Host’ from a romantic science fiction book my daughter persuaded me to read. The ‘thing’ looked like it was upside down with segmented body and stiff black bristles along each side coming from the legs of each segment. I touched the thing with my foot and the segments contracted of their own accord. This creature still alive looked a very long way from home and there was no way back. The tide was fully out but there was a bit of water left in a pool at the bottom of the steps so I picked him up using my cardigan and put him in the right way up. Now I could see that the creature had incredibly colourful hair like strands running along each side. Back at the garage (car still not fixed) I showed the garage owner the photos I’d taken of the ‘thing’. He had grown up in Blackpool and as a boy earned extra pennies spending hours digging up bait from the sands and selling it to the fishermen. He had seen nothing like it.

Back home we looked up what it could be and turns out it is a Sea Mouse! Earlier this year The Daily Mail ran a story on a Sea Mouse being found in Kent “The brightly coloured deep-sea mouse (that is actually a hairy worm) washed up on a Kent beach
Animal usually found buried in the sea at depths of 6,600ft. Feasts on dead animals, and is covered in colourful hair”

According to Wikipedia the Sea Mouse normally lies buried head first in the sea bed, Wiki goes on to say “Its body is covered in a “dense mat” of setae (hairlike structures)from which the name “sea mouse” derives. Its scientific name is taken from Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love. This is because, when viewed ventrally, the sea mouse resembles a human female’s genitalia. Sea mice generally fall within a range of 7.5 to 15 centimetres (3.0 to 5.9 in), but some grow to 30 centimetres (12 in). They are scavengers, eating the remains of dead and decaying animals. The worm may also be so named because of its resemblance to a “bedraggled mouse” when it washes up on shore.”

The Sea Mouse is Just another bizarre and wonderful reason to stop Sellafield chucking out radioactive crap onto the sea bed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2262125/Like-fish-water-The-bizarre-sea-mouse-washed-Kent-beach.html

Radioactive Yellow Fish Seen in the Lakes

Radioactive Yellow Fish Campaign

Radiation Free Lakeland met with Tim Farron MP on Sat 21st to deliver 189 letters urging the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and member of the coalition government to revoke the “exempt” law allowing radioactive wastes into landfill. The campaign group were asking the question: What nasty rogue regime would “release radioactivity to groundwaters” within a short distance of towns and villages?

Tim Farron was “appalled” to learn that the European Commission are describing Lillyhall landfill site Nr Workington as a “VERY LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE REPOSITORY.” This is also news to people living nearby who were keen to sign letters to Tim Farron MP asking that this use of Lillyhall as a dumping ground for decommissioned nuclear sites such as Chapel Cross in Scotland is stopped as a matter of urgency. The UK government has signed up to the Euratom Directive 35 which describes in detail a plan to turn Lillyhall landfill site into a Radioactive Waste Repository with a “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters.” A change to UK law has smoothed the way so that High volumes of “low level” radioactive wastes can be relabelled “exempt” allowing them to be dumped in landfill.

The Environment Agency has issued a permit despite the opposition of prominent pronuclear politicians in Cumbria such as Councillor Tim Knowles and MP Jamie Reed who has opposed another proposed radioactive landfill at Keekle Head. County and Borough councils are also opposed to nuclear waste going into landfill. No area is safe from becoming a nuclear waste dump under this deregulation. In 2011 following lobbying from Radiation Free Lakeland, Cumbria County Council and Allerdale Council considered making a legal challenge against the Environment Agency for issuing a permit to the operators of Lillyhall landfill which allows low levels of radioactive waste to be buried. Tim Knowles said: “the waste should be dealt with and disposed of as close as possible to the site where it has arisen.” Since then Sellafield has been caught dumping higher level activity bags of waste, including intermediate waste, at Lillyhall. Marianne Birkby from Radiation Free Lakeland said “New pathways for dumping radioactive waste into the environment should not be opened up, we put our trust in the regulators to protect us but our trust is clearly misplaced as the regulators are bending over backwards to accommodate the nuclear industrys desire to “decommission.” It is becoming clear that “decommissioning” is a reassuring name for “dumping.” We agree with councillor Tim Knowles and MP Jamie Reed that radioactive waste should be kept at the site at which it has been produced.”

To highlight the hypocrisy of the Environment Agency issuing a permit to “release radioactivity to groundwaters” and to remind the Lib Dems of their electoral pledges to safeguard against nuclear developments, Radiation Free Lakeland have taken part in the EA’s ‘Yellow Fish’ campaign and there is now a yellow fish complete with radiation symbol outside Tim Farron’s Kendal Offices.

Tim Farron has promised to look into how this situation of radioactive waste dumping in landfill has been allowed to happen and campaigners hope that he will also urge government to revoke the 2007 “exempt” law. While this law remains it means that LLW and VLLW could be trucked and dumped unmarked into conventional landfill sites releasing radioactivity to groundwaters.

References:

European Commission Technical Report :Lillyhall Very Low Level Radioactive Waste Repository
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/radiation_protection/article35/doc/tech_report_uk_2011.pdf

From Scotland to Cumbria – Radioactive Landfill
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/from-scotland-to-cumbria-radioactive-landfill/

Meet the Fockers – private companies taking government contracts to dump nuclear waste
http://wildar4.wix.com/radiation-free-land#!front-line/cpcc

Environment Agency Yellow Fish Campaign
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/pollution/water/120363.aspx

Councils Agains N-Waste at Lillyhall
14th April 2011 The Whitehaven News
http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/councils-against-n-waste-on-site-1.827639?referrerPath=home/2.2837#

Jamie Reed MP expresses opposition to nuclear waste in landfill at Keekle Head
Mr Reed said: “I understand the need for additional disposal facilities but I don’t believe these should be undertaken away from the existing areas – it makes no sense to do so.
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/mp-opposes-keekle-head-for-nuclear-waste-site-1.676386?referrerPath=2.1817

Full Letter signed by upwards of 189+ people https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/rogue-regime-sellafield-and-co/

Is New CONsultation Needed? The BIG Debate

Is New CONsultation Needed?
Is New CONsultation Needed?

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/is-new-consultation-needed-1.1085739

North West Evening Mail thursday 19th Sept 2013

IS NEW CONSULTATION NEEDED?

WAS the government right to announce a new consultation on a geological disposal facility for storing nuclear waste underground?

PROCESS Sellafield. Inset, a cross-section image of what a geological disposal facility could look like

THE Sellafield Workers’ Campaign welcomes the announcement from the government that it is to launch a new consultation to address the options for managing radioactive waste, writes CRAIG DOBSON, secretary of the SWC.

The new consultation will seek to find a suitable location for a geological disposal facility to house the UK’s nuclear waste.

It is imperative that the drift and delay of the last 30 years is not allowed to continue, and the announcement of this new consultation, so soon after the last MRWS (Managing Radioactive Waste Safely) process failed to find a suitable site, is encouraging, because there was always the risk that this could have been kicked into the long grass.

It’s early days but if nothing else this shows that our country is still serious about housing a thriving nuclear industry, which will be welcomed by Sellafield and nuclear workers nationally.

The SWC was critical of Cumbria County Council’s decision to pull out of the process to look at finding a suitable site during the last consultation, before desktop studies had even been completed and hope that lessons are learnt from the last process.

Discussion at this stage should not be about the possible location; but given that the vast majority of the UK’s nuclear waste is already stored in West Cumbria, at Sellafield, you would expect local authorities to give the consultation some consideration, whether or not they decide to volunteer, and I’m sure they will.

The SWC also calls on the government, during the new consultation, to be more upfront about what benefits a host community can expect to receive.

The SWC fully supports the principle of volunteerism, but for any community, Cumbrian or otherwise, to volunteer they need to understand what they are volunteering for and what rewards will be available to them should they decide to carry out what will be an important national service.

We would hope that the government will be much clearer this time about what is on offer, and what is expected in exchange.

People can then make an informed, democratic decision.

FOLLOWING Nirex and the ending of the MRWS process with Cumbria County Council’s no vote, any new consultation regarding geological dumping should not include Cumbria, writes MARIANNE BIRKBY, founder of Radiation Free Lakeland.

This, of course, would mean that there would be no further “steps towards geological disposal” as there are no other volunteers.

Perhaps those MPs who have recently voted for new nuclear build and new and much more dangerous wastes should be actively encouraged by government to volunteer their own constituencies for geological disposal? In any case, Cumbria has already said no at least three times now. The 84 members of the county council have been airbrushed out of this new “democratic” process alongside the hundreds of members of the parish councils, the overwhelming majority of whom have said no repeatedly.

This leaves the seven people on the executive of Allerdale Borough Council and six people on the Copeland Borough Council executive. The wishes of less than 13 people who have voted to proceed are being promoted against the democratic will of the parishes and the county.

This is a scandal and the only reason for continuing with further consultations in Cumbria is in order to be seen to keep the “steps to geological disposal” going as a prerequisite for the new-build agenda.

In the absence of any genuine host volunteer community, the executives of Allerdale and Copeland are obliging patsies.

Radiation Free Lakeland does not believe the “solution” is geological disposal anywhere.

There is no solution, as such, but an acceptance that the waste needs to be looked after and repackaged again and again into eternity to separate it from the environment.

If the government is hell-bent on geological disposal, the people of Cumbria have said no and the search for a geological disposal site should continue elsewhere, most especially in the constituencies of those MPs who have voted for new nuclear build.

Please ensure that your parish council lets government know that you are not a willing community and that this new consultation which ends on December 8 is a sham.

High Level Wastes, Japan and Derailed Trains

Nuclear Ship Protests
Nuclear Ship Protests
http://www.innuserv.com/2011/08/japanese-highly-active-waste-return-underway-2/
http://www.innuserv.com/2011/08/japanese-highly-active-waste-return-underway-2/

The news that a train had derailed near Barrow Station on tuesday at 2pm is unusual enough, but to hear that the derailed train was carrying nuclear flasks is shocking. According to the nuclear industry the flasks were empty and on their way to Sellafield. Flasks on their way to Sellafield are most often full of spent fuel being sent to Sellafield to be reprocessed making the wastes even more dangerous. These flasks had gone on a long journey having sailed from Japan to Barrow and back again with Highly Active Waste who knows how many times. Presumably the “empty” flasks arrived from Japan on the Pacific Heron currently in port in Barrow. Sellafield Ltd tells us confidently that: “Sellafield Ltd, International Nuclear Services (INS) and its subsidiary Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited are making preparations to transport highly active waste (HAW) from Sellafield to Japan in 2013.

This will be the 15th such shipment from Europe and the third from the UK. The transport from Sellafield is part of a programme that will see the delivery of UK government policy to repatriate overseas waste; the fulfilment of contractual obligations; and the reduction of hazards at Sellafield site.

The HAW will be transported in a way that is tried and tested and safe and secure. The waste itself is in a solid glass form inside stainless steel canisters, up to 28 of which sit within a very robust transport flask. This method of transporting waste complies with all international and national guidelines and regulations.

What they don’t tell us is that the arrival of the last shipment back to Japan was met with huge protests. An eye witness said it was like a scene from “Apocalypse Now” with red sky, helicopters and huge demonstrations of people desperate not to have any more nuclear crap arriving in their country.

The North West Evening Mail reported in March of this year that: “The waste derives from used nuclear fuel belonging to Japanese customers that was reprocessed at Sellafield. It was then vitrified into glass blocks ready for its return.

Will Watson, Sellafield’s vitrified residue returns programme manager, said: “This is the third successful voyage to Japan, and we look forward to working with our overseas customers to plan future shipments.”

Managers at Sellafield will be hoping that the tests do not reveal any problems.

When the last consignment arrived, in August 2011, “higher than expected” contamination was discovered on the surface of three containers.

How long is this madness going to continue?

How much money are the Government spending on Nuclear PR to persuade us that we want more of the same? £Millions and then some!

Spent Fuel should not be arriving at Sellafield in the first place. It should be looked after and repackaged at the nuclear installations where it has arisen, and reprocessing of spent fuel at Sellafield should stop immediately. The Highly Active Waste (a result of reprocessing spent fuel to make MOX which nobody wants) is presumably going to be stuffed into the containers and then trundled back along the tracks it has already derailed from, to be shipped from Barrow across the Pacific, through the Panama Canal and to Japan where it will be met with huge protest.

Nuclear Train Derailment in Barrow
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/full-probe-call-after-nuclear-train-derails-in-barrow-1.1085092

Protests as Nuclear Fuel Ship Docks in Japan
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090519/world-news/protests-as-nuclear-fuel-ship-docks-in-japan.257547

Japanese Highly Active Waste Return
http://www.innuserv.com/2011/08/japanese-highly-active-waste-return-underway-2/
Nuclear Waste Cargo – March 13
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/sellafield-nuclear-waste-cargo-safely-shipped-to-japan-1.1039006?referrerPath=#

Nuclear Waste Nightmare – Japan Prepares for its first import of Radioactive waste since Fukushima
http://enformable.com/2011/09/storing-nuclear-waste-is-nightmare-as-japan-prepares-for-its-first-import-of-radioactive-waste-since-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/

Pacific Heron
http://www.ship-technology.com/projects/ptnl_pacific/

Japan Protest MOX NUclear Ships
“Stop Press: It was reported on May 19th that the Pacific Heron had developed problems in one of its engines during the voyage but was able to continue using another independent engine”

http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit130/nit130articles/mox.html

Sellafield Ltd
http://www.sellafieldsites.com/2012/12/sellafield-ltd-and-ins-prepare-to-transport-highly-active-waste-to-japan/

Geological Dumping – CONsultation Boycott

IS THE LAKE DISTRICT REALLY THE BEST PLACE TO TURN INTO A RADIOACTIVE WASTELAND
IS THE LAKE DISTRICT REALLY THE BEST PLACE TO TURN INTO A RADIOACTIVE WASTELAND

Geological Dumping – CONsultation Boycott by Radiation Free Lakeland

Open Letter to All Parish Councils in Cumbria

Dear Cumbrian Parish Clerk,

Radiation Free Lakeland would be very grateful if you could let your
members have sight of this letter

You will have heard that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has
brought out a new and improved CONsultation to try to trap Cumbria once
again into sacrificing our land, our environment and our people’s
livelihoods to host a geological dump for high level radioactive wastes.

Following Nirex and the ending of the MRWS process with Cumbria County
Council’s no vote, any new CONsultation regarding geological dumping
should not include Cumbria. This of course would mean that there would be
no further ‘steps towards geological disposal’ as there are no other
volunteers. Perhaps those MPs who have recently voted for new nuclear
build and new and much more dangerous wastes should be actively encouraged
by government to volunteer their own constituencies for geological
disposal? In any case Cumbria has already said No at least 3 times now.

The 84 members of the County Council have been airbrushed out of this new
‘democratic’ process alongside the hundreds of members of the Parish
Councils. The overwhelming majority of whom have said no repeatedly.
This leaves the 7 people on the executive of Allerdale and 6 people on the
Copeland executive – the wishes of less than 13 people who have voted to
proceed are being promoted against the democratic will of the Parishes and
the County.

This is a scandal and the only reason for continuing with further
CONsultations in Cumbria is in order to be seen to keep the ‘steps to
geological disposal’ going as a prerequisite for the new build agenda. In
the absence of any genuine host volunteer community the executives of
Allerdale and Copeland are obliging patsies.

Radiation Free Lakeland do not believe the ‘solution’ is geological
disposal anywhere. There is no ‘solution’ as such but an acceptance that
the waste needs to be looked after and repackaged again and again into
eternity to separate it from the environment. If the government is hell
bent on geological disposal the people of Cumbria have said no and the
search for a geological disposal site should continue elsewhere. Most
especially in the constituencies of those MPs who have voted for new
nuclear build.

Please ensure that your Parish Council lets Government know that you are
not a willing community and that this new CONsultation which ends on the
8th December is a sham.

Radiation Free Lakeland will not be responding or condoning this
outrageous CONsultation, it is in effect an abuse of human rights. We
will be meeting with Tim Farron MP on Saturday to ask him to let
government know that we are boycotting the CONsultation in protest at
Cumbria being once again in the frame. We have attached a briefing by
Nuclear Free Local Authorities which may be useful to you.

yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

Allerdale Executive
http://democracy.allerdale.gov.uk/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?EM=0&ID=11

Copeland Exectuvive
http://www.copeland.gov.uk/commitees/executive-committee

Nuclear Free Local Authorities New CONsultation Briefing

Rock Solid scientific review of geological disposal
http://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/Global/eu-unit/reports-briefings/2010/9/rock-solid-a-scientific-review.pdf

Who Says Democracy is Dead? DECC!!

The Parishes Roar NO!

Image from “Swallows and Amazons..For You…For Life!”

Today’s Correspondence from a Government Desperate to Force a Geological Dump on Cumbrians, who have already said NO more than three times ..

“Dear Stakeholder

We are pleased to announce today the launch of a public consultation on the site
selection process for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher activity
radioactive waste, as part of the Managing Radioactive Safely (MRWS) programme. The
consultation aims to gather views on how aspects of the siting process could be
revised and improved.

The consultation follows a Call for Evidence earlier in the year, which ran from May
to June. The evidence obtained from this, as well as information gathered from
direct engagement with stakeholders and international bodies, has informed the
proposals in the consultation document.

The consultation document can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/geological-disposal-facility-siting-process-review

The consultation will run for three months, closing on 5 December 2013, and will
include a series of deliberative events nationally with members of the public and
interested parties.

For further information on this consultation, please contact:

GDF siting process consultation
Department of Energy and Climate Change
55 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2EY
Email: radioactivewaste@decc.gsi.gov.uk

Following our analysis of the responses to the consultation, we intend to re-launch
the GDF site selection process in 2014.

We are of course happy to discuss with interested parties any aspects of the wider
MRWS programme, and how the current consultation proposals would sit within the
wider policy framework.

Kind regards,

GDF team
Office for Nuclear Development, DECC”

The plan appears to be to rule Cumbria County Council out of the picture and concentrate on buying off Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils. This smashes underfoot the democratic vote of the majority of Parishes within Allerdale and Copeland who have already said NO. These Parishes make up the Borough Councils whose leaders are then nobbled. And of course the evil reach of this diabolic plan to dump hot reactor cores under Cumbria’s leaky geology is of far greater scope than the borders of Allerdale and Copeland.

Within the borders of Allerdale and Copeland the Parishes roared NO – remember this surprised editorial from the normally nuclear sympathetic Whitehaven News?

Whitehaven News Editorial April 12th 2012

PARISHES ROAR – THAT’S WHAT CONSULTATION IS ALL ABOUT

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/home/parishes-roar-that-s-what-consultation-is-all-about-1.943535?referrerPath=home/2.2837

THERE can be no doubt that Copeland has a major part to play in the country’s move towards producing low-carbon environmentally-friendly electricity.

Nuclear is seen as one solution. The Department of Energy & Climate Change has recognised as much in opting for the Moorside nuclear power station site around Sellafield as one of its chosen sites for generating low-carbon energy.

But while it might not be as freely admitted by the Government, there is another nuclear matter which to many is far from green and pleasant. It comes under the official name of GDF – geological disposal facility.

We can be sure it’s already exercising minds in Whitehall, and we suspect will assume a greater national importance in the near future.

In layman’s terms, GDF is an underground repository for burying higher levels of the nation’s nuclear waste. Though most the nasty stuff to be disposed of is produced at Sellafield, finding somewhere to put it has become a national problem – and a solution has to be found sooner or later, not least because producing ‘green’ electricity the nuclear way will not come without a price.

That price is how to best dispose of all the waste that will arise on top of what’s already stored on the surface at Sellafield.

The news this week that three councils representing parishes closest to Sellafield are not in favour of West Cumbria playing any part (not yet, at least) in a search to find somewhere to put the waste is a bit of a bombshell which might well have a somewhat seismic impact on forming or influencing opinion. Being so close to Sellafield, these are villages which would be the most affected by the prospect of having a repository anywhere on their doorstep.

We doubt whether new energy secretary Ed Davey will have heard the news on his first visit to Sellafield this week – but he’ll know all about it soon enough.

Gosforth, Beckermet and Ponsonby have all given an initial thumbs down in their response to the extensive consultation recently carried out by West Cumbria’s Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership. It is not the Partnership’s job to come up with the solution – theirs is to carry through a process aimed at laying out all the facts, present its own opinions and in turn give Cumbrians the chance to air their own views for or against, then report back as it soon will from the consultation responses, to the relevant local authorities.

It is then that someone will have to bite the bullet and decide whether there is merit in going ahead with a serious search.

If there is a strong desire for a widespread referendum (in West Cumbria) as opposed to a limited opinion poll, so be it.

Nirex dug a hole for itself (pardon the pun) in failing dismally to convince the public (and eventually the local councils) that it had a case just to build a rock laboratory at Longlands, near Gosforth, its preferred UK location for a repository.

The views of Gosforth, Beckermet and Ponsonby are of the utmost importance. These strong-willed community minded parishes won’t be seduced or cajoled into any change of heart. For now they are saying a simple ‘no’ – it might not be an indefinite thumbs down, but the villages need to hear better arguments and assurance over a whole ranges of issues, not least community benefits.

This is no case of the NIMBY factor – not in my back yard. Theirs are understandable concerns and they are right to raise them.

……

The Parishes Roar back in June 2012was of course nuked by government spin just as surely as the government is now trying to nuke any semblance of democracy in Cumbria.

RESIST!

June 2012
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/parishes-roar-nuked-by-spin-a-letter-to-tim-farron-mp/

Big Issue in the North – Filling Material

Many thanks to The Big Issue in the North who have given coverage to the BIG Issue of “radioactive releases to groundwaters” at Lillyhall ….. this should have blanket coverage in the local and national media but it is being enthusiastically suppressed.

Big Issue in the North - Lillyhall Radioactive Groundwaters

Question: What nasty rogue regime would “release radioactivity to
groundwater” near settlements?

Answer: UK government’s Environment
Agency obeying Article 35 of the Euratom Treaty.

This is not a spoof, or a send up. Our government has signed up to the
Euratom Treaty which describes in detail a plan to turn Lillyhall landfill
site into a Radioactive Waste Repository with a “controlled release of
radioactivity to groundwaters.” Our government has smoothed the way with a
change to UK law. High volumes of “low level” radioactive wastes can be
relabelled “exempt” allowing them to be dumped in landfill. The
Environment Agency has issued a permit despite the opposition of County
and Borough councils. No area is safe from becoming a nuclear waste dump
under this deregulation.

Full Letter here:
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/rogue-regime-sellafield-and-co/