Radiation Free Lakeland – Review of the Year

Radiation Free Lakeland - Review of the Year 2013
Radiation Free Lakeland – Review of the Year 2013

Many Thanks to All who have been actively opposing the nuclear monster -Here’s to a Radiation Free 2014!

January: Ditch the Nuke Dump! Demo at Bowness Bay
Over 100 people turned up to show their support for Cumbria County Council voting NO on the 30th January. Over 100 letters were signed to put on a giant postcard to the Leader of Cumbria County Council. There was life affirming music provided by Handbrake Shirley and a great atmosphere of camaraderie in our determination to stop the government’s insane plan to turn Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.

January:Nuclear Waste Plan Dumped (image:Westmorland Gazette 31.1.2013)
Hurray- the Dump is Ditched!!!

March: We placed hazard warning signs at the entrance to Seascale beach and then walked along the coast to the Sellafield site. At the gates, we held a candle lit vigil to mark the 2nd Fukushima anniversary and took a moment of silence to contemplate the disaster, its long term effects on humanity and the environment, and the continuing implications for all.

March: We exposed the outsourcing of Sellafield’s dirty “non active” laundry to Shortridge at Lillyhall and Crumlin in Wales, where Sellafield has a contract to send “active” laundry. These contracts are for contingencies such as an interruption to the water or power supply and involves tens of thousands of items of clothing and towels.

April: Marking the Chernobyl Anniversary at St Bees and highlighting radioactive particles dumped continually on our beaches as a result of Sellafield reprocessing.

June: Carlisle Crown Court, Sellafield was fined £700,000 for dumping several bags of intermediate and low level waste in ordinary landfill. The bags were plastic and lay broken in the same landfill used for composting and recycling. The fine is meaningless. The public will be picking up the tab. The only meaningful fine would be a ban on Sellafield dumping ANY radioactive waste in ANY landfill.

August: DEMO outside Lillyhall Industrial Estate, to protest the dangerous and immoral nuclearisation of a previously nuclear free area of Cumbria. At Lillyhall, there is now a laundry taking in Sellafield’s dirty washing, a radioactive scrap metal yard and a landfill that the EU describe as a nuclear waste ‘repository’ i.e. dump. None of these things were approved by people or businesses living in the area, all of them were sanctioned by the regulatory bodies supposed to be acting as watchdogs.

October: No was the wrong answer for a Government desperate to keep the Geological Dump on track. We went to Wasdale Show opposing the new CONsultation – lots of people signed letters of objection.

December: Taking the No Nuke Dump message to Whitehall – Loud and Clear!

December: Keekle Head saved from nuclear tipping of low level waste! Congratulations to all who have campaigned long and hard to save this overwintering site of hen harriers. Lets make sure we stop High Level Nuclear waste from being tipped into a big hole under Cumbria….

Criminal TEPCO will make a “profit” on the backs of the Japanese people and with 2,000 Job Cuts

Without government subsidies the nuclear industry would not exist. The nuclear industry enjoys the unique position of unlimited state subsidies, socialist largesse to the unfettered, irresponsible capitalist free market. The same criminals who supplied Tepco have been allowed to get off scot free and have set up shop in the UK. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Westinghouse_assumes_management_of_UK_fuel_plant-2503105.html

Mining Awareness +

TEPCO’s “profits” will be based on restart of a nuclear plant, worker layoffs, and taxpayer (“government”) subsidy:
Tepco submits new business plan to government, seeks more funds
Posted:Fri, 27 Dec 2013 03:56:22 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant submitted a revised business plan to the government on Friday aimed at securing steady profit with the restart of its undamaged Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant in July
“. Entire Reuters Article is here: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PClzKte7OUU/japan-nuclear-idUSL3N0K61EV20131227
(See also: “TEPCO submits revised turnaround plan to govt December 27, 2013, Jiji Press http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000901101 (The Yomiuri Shimbun), which details 2,000 job cuts.)

Our commentary:
This is where one REALLY sees what fascism is about. If one looks at historical evidence (e.g. companies which used slave labour) and/or read Daniel Guerin’s “Fascism and Big Business“, it becomes clear that fascism was essentially about subsidies to heavy…

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Radiation and Cataracts in Birds at Chernobyl

The beloved Christmas Robin is under threat from nuclear cheerleaders such as George Monbiot. Even Sellafield’s Compensation Scehme for Radiation Linked Diseases recognises that cataracts are caused by radiation. Research shows that birds in nuclear contaminated areas are becoming blinded by cataracts. A bird’s eyesight is essential as are cognitive abilities which are also impaired by exposure to man made radiation. A Christmas Wish ….STOP NUCLEAR MADNESS……*NOW*

Mining Awareness +

Rouge gorge familier - crop (WB correction)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) by Pierre Selim via wikimedia
Very sad. Bird eyes with cataracts:
Bird Cataracts Chernobyl in Mousseau and Moeller, 2013
(k) robin (Erithacus rubecula), significant haze on cornea
Photographs of selected eyes from Chernobyl birds
From: Mousseau TA, Møller AP (2013) “Elevated Frequency of Cataracts in Birds from Chernobyl” http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066939

Lucky for us some few are still doing serious academic research. If animals can’t see well, with some exceptions, they can’t find food and die, or can more easily be killed by predators. The frequency and severity of cataracts increases with background radiation. In the abstract below “reduced fitness” means they are unfit for survival! Overall, increasing radiation was related to fewer birds, suggesting “effects of radiation on other diseases, food abundance and interactions with other species. There was no increase in incidence of cataracts with increasing age…”. Cataracts in humans at Chernobyl and elsewhere are also discussed:

Mousseau TA, Møller AP (2013) “

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10 Amazing Close-Ups Show No Two Snowflakes are Alike

Beautifully mind blowing…every snow flake that falls to earth is unique, made up only of hydrogen and oxygen, let’s keep them that way….perfect H20 molecules rather than H30 Tritium molecules. courtesy of nuclear madness. H20 is without doubt the most amazing stuff.



Alexey Kljatov (aka ChaoticMind75) is an artist and photographer from Moscow, Russia. In an ongoing series entitled Snowflakes and snow crystals, Alexey takes macro shots of natural snowflakes, snow and hoarfrost crystals right outside of his house.

In a detailed blog post Kljatov explains that he shoots with a Canon A650 with a custom-built macro add-on for the camera: a Helios 44M-5 from an old USSR SLR camera called a Zenit. The images seen below were shot on dark woollen fabric in natural light (typically a grey cloudy sky).

These are only 10 in a series of 67, which you can see in its entirety on Flickr. It’s fascinating to see the numerous varieties of snowflakes. From simple prisms, sectored plates and stellar dendrites; to capped columns and triangular crystals, no two snowflakes are quite the same.

You can find a great list with pictures of different…

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Please Santa.. Make Cumbria say Yes to the A.R.S.E. ..Yours, Her Majesty’s Govnt

Please Santa, Keep the Nuclear Agenda on Track ..Yours HMG
Please Santa, Keep the Nuclear Agenda on Track ..Yours HMG

Radiation Free Lakeland have been passed the following letter from a whistleblower in Santa’s reindeer team….

“Dear Santa,

Once again we have been working hard this year to keep nuclear on track.

We need to be seen to have the Atomic Repository Sites of Europe (A.R.S.E) in order to build new Sites of Highly Atomic Facility Terminals (S.H.A.F.T). The new S.H.A.F.T.s would make waste even hotter and there may be more than one A.R.S.E needed.

Please Santa help keep the movers and shakers on message. We have covered all the bases we possibly can (even Greenpeace and FoE are soft pedalling). But, as seen in Cumbria, sometimes people see through our amazing smoke and mirrors.

Please Santa, make Cumbria say yes to the A.R.S.E.

Our chaps in the Extreme Energy Initiative have been working really hard to whip up anger and activism on Fracking while keeping schtum about Nuclear. Of course we want fracked gas (Nuclear needs fossil fuel) but it is proving a very useful diversion to the BIGGIE of Nuclear. Please keep anti-nuclear campaigners muffled and quiet.

Please keep them quiet about the accelerating releases of radioactivity to: air, earth, groundwaters, sea…with your help Santa we could do so much more!


Unicorn Tears Saved ..Keekle Head Radioactive Waste Ban Is Good News For Fresh Water Pearl Mussels

Unicorn Tears

Unicorn in Cumbria - Winter Solstice Deep Earth Magik
Unicorn in Cumbria – Winter Solstice Deep Earth Magik

An Article on Keekle Head in this Months Lancashire magazine has made it to the light of day… Note the absence of any national articles, media or comment on this decision which has huge ramifications for the government’s vicious nuclear agenda.

Extract from the article:

Cumbria’s cabinet member for the environment Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson said: ‘It sends a clear message to Endecom and other developers that not only has the county council made the correct strategic decision based on the full range of evidence, but also that it was acting in the best interests of the local community.’
Marianne Birkby spokesman for campaigners Radiation Free Lakeland said, ‘Congratulations to all who have campaigned hard and long to save Keekle Head from becoming a nuclear dumping ground for the top end of low level nuclear wastes. Campaigners against the nuclearisation of Keekle Head included pronuclear councillors and even the Copeland MP Jamie Reed, the same people who are bizarrely campaigning for the infinitely bigger and more dangerous geological dumping of high level nuclear wastes under Cumbria.
‘Keekle Head is the source of the beautiful River Keekle featured recently on BBC’s Countryfile as one of the last strongholds of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel.’
Cumbrian salmon poachers hunted freshwater pearl mussels in Victorian times for rare black pearls known as ‘unicorn tears’.

Full article here:

note: a passing thought for winter solstice, traditionally a time of deep earth magik: is believing in unicorns less delusional than believing in the myth of clean nuclear ‘power’ ?

Government Nuclear Dump Lies Spun in the Big Issue

Government Nuke Dump Lies Spun in The Big Issue. Dec 9-15th 2013
Government Nuke Dump Lies Spun in The Big Issue. Dec 9-15th 2013

In The Big Issue in the North 9-15 December 2013
Nuclear Dump:waste and want not

..Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland -home of the Sellafield site and one area interested in hosting the repository – is a major advocate for nuclear energy and backed the proposals to remove the county councils from the decision making process. He said: “Cumbria County Council’s termination of the previous process – against popular public opinion in my constituency and against the wishes of the two West Cumbrian councils was akin to the people of Oxford vetoing Crossrail or the expansion of Heathrow.”

The Big Issue in the North in the past has been one of very few national and regional media outlets to print letters from campaigners opposing the nuclear dump. This week the Big Issue has run an article which could have been written by Jamie Reed former spin doctor for Sellafield and now nuclear cheerleader and MP for Copeland. His lie that the nuclear dump has “popular public opinion” is no doubt going to be repeated again and again as part of the push to continue the geological dumping agenda in Cumbria. The majority of Parish Councils in the Sellafield area are strongly opposed to a geological dump under them and have voted in opposition. Jamie Reed is trying to push the idea that it is ONLY ‘outsiders’ opposing the nuke dump – well yes – ‘outsiders’ living a few miles away are strongly opposed as are the people who live cheek by jowl with Sellafield. The dire impacts of Sellafield and of a proposed nuclear dump do not recognise false boundaries of the kind that Jamie Reed is cynically pushing. Cumbria can be cycled from one end to the other in a day.

Jamie Reed MP’s nuclear cheerleading colleague Lord O’Neill has outlined the “more aggressive” approach if Cumbria still refuses to ‘bed the waste,’ which would be to force a nuclear dump on Cumbria. For goodness sake this is nuts, if the government is so hell bent on forcing geological dumping* then the government should at the very least force the dump on an area which is less likely to leak radioactivity into the groundwater within a very short time.

* Geological Dumping of high level wastes is unproven, unscientific and unethical -we are opposed to Geological Dumping anywhere not just in Cumbria

‘They told me it was already safe and the economic benefits would be huge – I would not have said yes…’

Her Majesty’s Government Plot Cumbrian Nuclear Dump

Rock Solid? European Leaders are being misled over the safety of underground disposal of highly dangerous nuclear waste which could poison groundwaters for centuries..


Whose Shadow on the Land?  Keekle Head 2013
Whose Shadow on the Land? Keekle Head 2013
Keekle head - banner
Keekle head – banner

Keekle Head - wild flowers and grasses

Congratulations to all who have campaigned hard and long to save Keekle Head from becoming a nuclear dumping ground for the top end of low level nuclear wastes. Campaigners against the nuclearisation of Keekle Head included pronuclear councillors and even the Copeland MP Jamie Reed. The same people who are bizarrely campaigning FOR the infinitely bigger and more dangerous geological dumping of high level nuclear wastes under Cumbria.

The Secretary of State agreed with the Inquiry Inspector that:

while the appeal development would represent a substantial financial interest in an area of slow economic growth and would create some jobs, this needs to be balanced against the harm, or perception of harm, which a completely new, stand-alone disposal facility may cause, particularly with regard to the area’s valuable tourist industry. For the reasons given at IR6.44, he agrees with the Inspector that there would be little of no social benefit and, overall (IR6.50-6.51), he agrees with the Inspector that the development offers few sustainability benefits.

Good News, now we must campaign to Lock the Gate on any more nuclear waste arriving at Lillyhall, Drigg and Sellafield.

Presentation to Keekle Head Inquiry by Radiation Free Lakeland

Her Majesty’s Government Plot Cumbrian Nuclear Dump

Her Majesty’s Government plot exposed. If Cumbrians continue to oppose a geological nuclear dump under their beautiful land, Lord O’Neill, celebrated member of the Humanist Society advocates a more “aggressive” approach.

Meanwhile the press keeps schtum and says nothing about this abuse of human rights.

Don’t scare the horses?


Lords Select Committee treated to Nuclear Porky Pies by Michael Fallon..Mmm- tasty


Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Energy at DECC

has just said in oral evidence to a Lords Select Committee that:

it is “not right a county council should have a veto over a GDR”;

a wider county has no real interest in the siting of a GDR;

that the consultation has already ended on the GDR siting.

All of which is untrue

This is vile pigs swill served up as factoid.

Of course the County Council has a very real “interest” there is NOTHING more important to Cumbria than the Government’s

push to dump existing and future heat generating nuclear waste in a mega mine under Cumbria.

This is of “real interest” not only to Cumbria but also to our neighbours across the Irish Sea and beyond.

The CONsultation is of course a sham but it has NOT ended- due to the Government’s incompetence, and lets be honest why would they even bother being competent on a sham CONsultation the outcome of which they have predetermined.

Our only hope is to RESIST it is clear that Government is desperate to be seen to have a solution to the nuclear waste problem and dumping it under Cumbria is it. NO!!

Object to Michael Fallon’s false testimony to the House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology
made on Tuesday 10 December, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster At 10.45am Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Make the points that
Cumbria County Council had a right of veto under the Governments own rules of engagement on the MRWS process.
Cumbria County Council has a real interest in opposing and halting the proposed geological dumping of heat generating radioactive waste in a mine 25km square and 1000m deep
Neighbouring Counties and Countries have a real interest in opposing and halting the proposed geological dumping of heat generating radioactive waste in a mine 25km square and 1000m deep
and the CONsultation has been extended to 19th December due to Government incompetence in giving out false contact information for submissions.

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