The Independent is full of the shock being expressed at the new contract for Sellafield companies. This is not shocking. What is utterly shocking is that these companies are being employed by the taxpayer to disperse radioactive waste to the environment in order to clear the decks for more (waste is being dispersed to the sea and air through reprocessing, to our homes through metal “recycling” and to our groundwater through landfill and the push for geological dumping).
What is shocking is that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (Nuclear Dumping Authority) have given Westinghouse a 150 year lease at Springfield in Preston not to look after and contain the uranium enrichment site and make sure the surrounding environment is safe but to prepare for more nasty deliveries of uranium for enrichment. The waste from this new uranium enrichment would add to that already polluting the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh landfill.
Guess where the uranium is coming from?
The Grand Canyon
Uranium is being ripped from all of the above and more and now we learn that the worlds most important icecap is under threat. The Canadian company eyeing up the vicinity of the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru will be looking to sell the uranium to the UK. The Quelccaya icecap is vital for the areas water resource, some of which will find its way to the Amazon. Over 900 km2, 90,000 ha or 222,395 acres is being explored for open pit, heap leach uranium mining near Macusani Peru. The Macusani area is homeland to the indigenous Quechua people, Alpacas and Alpaca farming. The wool is an export product. The proposed mines are open pit and heap leach which means that dust will not only poison the people and alpacas, but the wool for export will be contaminated. Additionally both dust and heap leach assure that the waterways and ultimately the Amazon River will be polluted. (HMA) What is shocking is the lack of any discussion or outrage about this in the media. From George Monbiot, that tricky environmentalist who you would think would have something to say about this outrageous rape of the earth to feed new nuclear .. so far not a peep.
11.3.2011 OfficialJournaloftheEuropeanUnion C77/3
of 10 March 2011
relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the Clifton Marsh Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility, located in Lancashire, United Kingdom, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty
(Only the English text is authentic)
On 23 September 2010, the European Commission received from the British Government, in accordance with Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty, General Data relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the Clifton Marsh Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility.
On the basis of these data and additional information requested by the Commission on 11 October 2010 and provided by the British authorities on 25 November 2010, and following consultation with the Group of Experts, the Commission has drawn up the following opinion:
4. The distance between the disposal facility and the nearest point on the territory of another Member State, in this case Ireland, is 180 km.
5. During the disposal facility’s operational period:
— radioactive waste will be emplaced in the disposal facility without intention of retrieval,
— the disposal facility will not be subject to a discharge authorisation for liquid and gaseous radioactive effluents. However, radioactive gases will emanate from the disposal facility; these are not liable to affect the health of the population of another Member State,
— in the event of unplanned releases of radioactive effluents, which may follow an accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, the doses received in another Member State will not be liable to affect the health of the population.
6. After the disposal facility’s operational period: The measures envisaged for the final closure of the disposal facility as described in the General Data, provide reliance that the conclusions under point 2 above will remain valid in the long term.
In conclusion, the Commission is of the opinion that the implementation of the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste in whatever form arising from the Clifton Marsh Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in the United Kingdom, during its normal operational life and after its final closure, as well as in the event of an accident of the type and magnitude considered in the General Data, is not liable to result in the radioactive contamination of the water, soil or airspace of another Member State.
Done at Brussels, 10 March 2011.
For the Commission
Member of the Commission
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