On this Day January 30th 2013..Super Eddie Saved Cumbria from Nukiller Dump

Super Eddie Saves Cumbria from Nukiller Dump
Super Eddie Saves Cumbria from Nukiller Dump

Gratitude and Thanks to Eddie Martin!
http://cumbriatrust.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/do-not-trust-the-horse-trojans-whatever-it-is-i-fear-the-greeks-even-when-they-bring-gifts-virgil/

Now the County needs to step up to the mark and save Cumbria all over again. The government is desperate to get shot of nuclear wastes, the plan is to dump Heat Generating High Level Wastes into our Geology and the Higher Activity Low Level Wastes into ordinary landfill.

Please send Objections to the plan to extend the Lillyhall landfill license to include Higher Activity Low Level wastes…it is madness!

Radiation Free Lakeland’s Objection (summary) below

Dear Members of Cumbria County Council Development Control and Regulation
Committee

Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Repository?

Re: Proposal to use Lillyhall Landfill Site, West Cumbria, to dump Higher
Activity Low Level Radioactive Wastes up till the year 2029.

Ref: Application No: 2/13/9007 Lillyhall – The applicant proposal would
include the disposal of wastes upto 400 Bq/g or 400,000 bq/kg Higher
Activity Low Level Waste

This time last year Cumbria County Council said a strong NO to the
government plan for a geological dump containing heat generating high
level wastes under Cumbria. We are writing to you now to urge you to
strongly oppose the plan to turn Lillyhall into a radioactive waste dump
for Higher Activity Low Level Waste.

There is a cynical and dangerous mission creep going on at Lillyhall. The
site originally only accepted Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials and
then it was licensed over the heads of the council and businesses to
accept the newly classified “exempt” High Volume Low Level Radioactive
wastes.

This “exempt” classification led of course to Sellafield dumping low level
and intermediate level wastes into the landfill and being fined £700,000
(paid for by the taxpayer). Now the European Union has classified
Lillyhall as a Radioactive Waste Repository earmarked to accept wastes
from for example Chapelcross in Scotland up until the year 2029 and
beyond. This is unacceptable.

Radiation Free Lakeland urge Cumbria County Council to refuse the permit
for Lillyhall landfill as a Nuclear Waste Site for the following reasons:

1. There is no monitoring once the radioactive waste leaves the nuclear
site in tipper trucks
2. The EU say there will be a “controlled release of radioactivity to
groundwaters” and that this will “not impact on member states” This is
unacceptable.
3. Radioactive waste arrives at the landfill site in unmarked plastic bags.
4. Radioactive Waste coming into the county from, for example, Scotland
5. Lillyhall landfill site is subject to water ingress/flooding
6. Lillyhall landfill site is two miles from of the town of Workington, a
mile from Harrington and less than half a mile from Distington and a few
minutes walk from the Nuclear Academy
7. Adverse health impacts. The Environment Agency in its draft
authorisiation for the Kingscliffe site in Northamptonshire said: “It is
true that an exposure to 0.02mSv per year of ionising radiation would be
expected to have an adverse effect on human health…” This is from waste up
to 200 bequerels per gram – up to 400 bequerels a gram is being proposed
at Lillyhall!
8. There is predetermination from the European Commission that Lillyhall
will be the next Radioactive Waste Repository to take the pressure off
Drigg.

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

Radiation Free Lakeland urge you to refuse this application and also to
question the
“decommissioning” ethos of “disperse and dilute” rather than permanent
containment on the nuclear sites undergoing “decommissioning.”

Yours sincerely,
Marianne Birkby, Radiation Free Lakeland

Fully referenced and expanded statement attached

Website: http://wildar4.wix.com/radiation-free-land

ACTION 1. Please Write to Cumbria County Council urging them not to give operators a license to dump ANY radioactive waste into Lillyhall landfill (info and points to make below)
The Development Control Committee Chair is Alan.Clark@cumbria.gov.uk
If you can write to all 18 of the Committee that would be great! http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=124

ACTION 2. Please ask to speak at the County Council meeting tbc (around 26th Feb in Kendal or Carlisle). The more people who register to speak the more chance we have of stopping this dumping of radioactive waste in landfill.
Contact: Mrs Jayne Petersen, Tel: 01539 713549; Email: jayne.petersen@cumbria.gov.uk

Application No: 2/13/9007 “The applicant proposal would include the disposal of wastes upto 400 Bq/g i.e. that which falls within the lower end of Higher Activity Low Level Waste.. ” uptil 2029

http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/documents/s25265/2139007%20-%20Lillyhall%20Landfill%20Site.pdf
more here:
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/radioactive-waste-dump-near-villages-and-school-children-at-lillyhall-say-no/

Radioactive Reindeer; Chernobyl; Guinea Pigs: Part IV of a series

The nuclear experiment must be stopped…anything less is genocide

Mining Awareness +

This is a continuation of: http://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/radiation-and-reindeer-plus-sheep-part-iii-of-a-series/

We have started to examine some of the impacts of Chernobyl far away on vegetation and Reindeer in Finland and Scandinavia, but how about Chernobyl, on the ground? It is important to zoom in and out on the topic, and hence avoid being like those scientists who are too focused on the micro to see the macro; to avoid being like those scientists who treat living beings as objects; to avoid being like those doctors and scientists who are so specialized that they literally do not recognize that an injury to the ankle can impact the knee or that an injury to the knee can impact the hip. Not only do these people exist but some are professors at Medical Schools or universities, hence endangering knowledge now and in the future by spawning more like themselves.

Children of Chernobyl, Part 1

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Free the Sellafield Deer – Petition

Greetings from Sellafield - Save the Sellafield DeerTo Sellafield and the UK Government,

PETITION https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/FreetheSellafieldDeer

Please do not cull the herd of our native roe deer trapped within the new double security fence around the Sellafield Reprocessing Site.

Please Sign and Share this 38Degrees Petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/FreetheSellafieldDeer
(another good petition below ..the more signed the better! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-sellafield-deer)

Full Text of 38Degrees Petition below https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/FreetheSellafieldDeer

Please do not cull the herd of our native roe deer trapped within the new double security fence around the Sellafield Reprocessing Site.

Why is this important?

We understand the need for Sellafield to routinely cull animals on site in an effort to contain the spread of radiation. However, if as Sellafield says the deer have not entered the site and are not contaminated in any way then surely a more humane solution would be to permanently remove the new double fencing in the woodland area and instead reinforce the original fence another way.

As well as preventing the “need” for a cull, this would be a goodwill gesture and would benefit the whole ecosystem of the woodland.

Roe Deer …
are native to this country and part of Europe’s Rewilding project. The roe became extinct in England during the 18th century, but survived in parts of Scotland.

Now they are back and are a joy to see with their velvety eyes and elegant forms. They do exaggerated leaps high in the air (pronking) when running but not high enough to scale the new Sellafield fence trapping them. There is a season for shooting animals. But Sellafield propose to cull these deer out of season in February/April over 15 days, shooting approximately one deer a day. In other words this cull will take place when the females are likely to be carrying young.

The New Fence…
costing millions of pounds encloses woodlands previously open and accessible to deer . The government, through the Department of Energy & Climate Change, has ordered the second fence in, they say, the face of a rising threat to “sensitive” installations worldwide from Al Qaeda. The “new” fence stretches 11 miles around the Sellafield plant. Rather than culling the deer a solution would be to remove the double fence at the woodland allowing the deer free access. The original fence could then be reinforced another way instead of being double at that point.

Sellafield Reprocessing Plant is…
the reason for the Government’s extreme nervousness is the 120 tonne stockpile of plutonium. Quite rightly the UK Government gets hysterical if other countries want to produce plutonium. Plutonium is the material necessary for nuclear bombs. Reprocessing is a toxic liability producing ever more plutonium requiring these expanding fences manned by armed nuclear policemen.

The bleak and awful plight of the wild deer is a metaphor for the rest of us – the nuclear industry will give us nowhere to run.

Please Sign the Petition to Free the Sellafield Deer
Lets Work to Contain Nuclear – Not the Deer

British Deer Society – Close Seasons for Deer
http://www.bds.org.uk/close_seasons_for_deer.html

Security fence at Sellafield
http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/extra-security-at-sellafield-1.964864

Plutonium Mountain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qm4pt

Roe Deer Pronking

Sellafield Statement

Sellafield Ltd Statement : Wildlife management

Sellafield’s Running Deer – Nowhere to Run
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/sellafields-running-deer-no-where-to-run-on-cumbrias-unearth/

Letter from Sellafield Worker Exposes Nuclear Corruption

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There is something seriously wrong when the UK nuclear industry’s corruption of governance is exposed not by Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth but by a brave and principled Sellafield worker.

The national media have gone along with the myth that the Sellafield Workers Campaign represent the workforce and West Cumbria. Cumbria is being sold down the radioactive river by unparalleled nuclear corruption that extends to every facet of our society.

WHITEHAVEN NEWS
SIR – Recently a copy of the Sellafield Workers Campaign (SWC) Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) consultation submission was emailed to me.

While I do agree with some of the document, there are other sections that I’m not happy with.

I work at Sellafield, have done so for 30 years, and pay my union fees, so that I may be represented in pay talks, and other industrial relation issues. This is where my association with my union ends.

The SWC is a small organisation made up from shop stewards, from differing unions. I acknowledge their right to campaign on issues, but do feel that they have absolutely no right to declare that they represent 10,000 employees outside of the work environment.

I’m a member of one trade union, and am not a member of an amalgamation of three. I have not signed up to this organisation. I didn’t vote for this, nor did I agree for them to represent me, in my community.

The SWC assertion that they represent all employees is disingenuous.

I was one of the Sellafield employees who got in touch with Eddie Martin during the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) fiasco. I urged Mr Martin to say no, if there was a risk of a GDF being sunk beneath the Lake District National Park – which will soon (hopefully) become a Unesco World Heritage Site. I still maintain this stance. There has to be limits to this stupidity. To define no red line, and have an open-ended process, where the views of the public are ignored is not democratic, and is dangerous.

We are being rail-roaded into accepting a sub-standard repository, where engineering takes primacy over geology. The last few weeks in West Cumbria have taught us lessons about engineering. A storm lasting a few hours can cause untold damage. If the option of engineering, over geology is sought out, we can expect nature to bite us harder than it has ever done before.

The SWC view themselves as a ‘legitimate representative of the communities of West Cumbria’, and yet they view opposition groups, such as the Cumbria Trust quite differently. At least Cumbria Trust invite people to join their ranks, instead of making assumptions that the SWC have. They are blinkered, and blind to the views of the rest of the community.

My postman has more contact with the communities than what the SWC claim to represent – he’s more of a legitimate representative, than this group will ever be!

The SWC has controlling individuals at its core, whose reach stretches out into local/national government. They control local politicians, influencing their decision making processes through fear of losing seats, and lucrative allowances. They also take part in behind closed door meetings with council leaders. What are they discussing? Are the rest of the community happy for these unelected individuals to influence policy by lobbying?

As well as controlling local politicians, they fill many seats at Copeland Borough Council, with current, or ex Sellafield employees. They only do this for one thing. That is for total control.

There are many similarities with Copeland, when compared with Falkirk (where there was uproar over alleged union interference with election candidates). Union activities should be distinctly separate from politics. Of course, the Copeland Labour party will tell you that they select candidates, not the unions. But, the local Labour party is run by ex, and current union representatives!

For more than 20 years, Sellafield unions have filled many seats at Copeland Borough Council, and selected our MPs. We all know how these nuclear professionals have performed while sitting in office – they have killed the area, by squandering tens of millions of pounds. So, what makes them think that they can do a better job with the MRWS process? Their record has been abysmal. The sooner non-Sellafield councillors take up office, the better.

Union officials, the Copeland MP, backed by kowtowing council leaders have attempted to influence the MRWS process, to the detriment of those that do not work at Sellafield. The general public are absolutely not represented by the reckless puppet masters, who are pulling the strings of local politics. This interference must stop.

The MRWS process should be managed by scientists, and geologists who know what they are talking about, instead of having amoral bullies hijacking something that we owe future generations to get right.

R. TAYLOR

Address Supplied

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/letters/you-say/making-our-turbine-views-heard-1.1111770

Image from the Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sellafield-failed-by-private-cleanup-firms-series-of-expensive-mistakes-has-led-to-review-at-nuclear-plant-8735040.html

The below was written in 2012 by Radiation Free Lakeland
to MP Tim Farron asking for an investigation into the corruption of governance

* Government Appointed Geologist – Licensed to Kill?*

This year DECC will spend three quarters of its budget on the NDA. Much
of this money is being spent in Cumbria on the quango MRWS. At the MRWS
‘drop in’ sessions throughout Cumbria the public are being induced by the
government appointed geologist to take another step towards geological
‘disposal.’ The language used by the government appointed geologist is
inflammatory and if ” ..I will kill them” had been uttered by a
campaigner the police would have been knocking on the campaigner’s door
the next morning.

“If anyone questions my intellectual independence I will kill them”
unprovoked outburst from Dr Jeremy Dearlove to campaigner Marianne Birkby
on 18th January at Millom.

This is not a forgivable isolated incident said in the heat of the moment.
A separate complaint has been made to MRWS. Dr Jeremy
Dearlove has also been coercing the public with reassurances that a
nuclear ‘repository’ would be so safe he would be happy to have it under
his home. Dr Dearlove is thought to live in Ennerdale.

This inducement of the public and Decision Making Bodies to take nuclear
related decisions in a certain direction is endemic in Cumbria. From Lord
Clark’s conflict of interest as LDNPA Chair and director of Sellafield to
Eric Robson’s role as Chair of Cumbria Tourism and MRWS PR guru, the
corruption of Cumbria’s decision makers is rife.

A joint report by Unlock Democracy and The Association for the
Conservation of Energy called ‘A Corruption of Governance’ has just been
presented to government about how ministers and the public have been
misled into continuing the nuclear agenda

The conclusions of the report are
1. Parliament needs to re-open the nuclear debate, and to make a
decision based
upon the correct and full evidence.
2. Members of Parliament must seek answers as to how this has happened.
3. There should be a Select Committee inquiry into this corruption of
governance.

Radiation Free Lakeland would also ask that there should be an independent
inquiry into the endemic corruption of Cumbria’s decision makers into
enabling ‘steps towards geological disposal.’

yours sincerely,
Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland

address

DECCs Budget
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/ch_sp_royal/ch_sp_royal.aspx

Dr Jeremy Dearlove’s statement
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/earthquake-flood-nuke-waste-no-problem-says-independent-geologist/

Lord Clark – non exec Director of Sellafield and LDNPA Partnership Chair
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/why-has-the-wettest-place-in-england-not-got-enough-freshwater/

Corruption of Governance
http://www.ukace.org/publications/ACE%20Campaigns%20(2012-01)%20-

Sellafield’s Running Deer – No Where to Run on Cumbria’s Unearth

Roe Deer at Rusland
Roe Deer at Rusland by Marianne Birkby
Feral - Rewilding by George Monbiot
Feral – Rewilding by George Monbiot

Is this the nuclear age’s version of ‘rewilding’? Earth turned to Unearth, Sea turned to Unsea, Air turned to Unair, Roe deer turned to radioactive waste?

The Whitehaven News reports that “A HERD of deer is set to be culled after being trapped between two fences at Sellafield. The wild roe deer are to be shot after it emerged that their habitat has been enclosed in a large area between two newly-erected security fences at the site’s south perimeter”.

The fate of the deer is a metaphor for the whole of Cumbria. Any mammal that dies on the Sellafield nuclear site is automatically classified as nuclear waste and put into freezers until such time as they can be dumped.

George Monbiot and other nuclear cheerleaders are in the same league as Tony Blair in putting forward a blizzard of dodgy dossiers to facilitate a nasty and vicious pronuclear agenda. Remember how Tony Blair wooed people? Monbiot and others do the same thing, grooming nuclear compliance with false promises of carbon savings.

Meanwhile the evidence stares us in the face that to continue with nuclear is genocidal for us and the beautiful life affirming running deer who now have nowhere to run.

Will these wild deer form part of an experiment in the same way as dead workers did for years without the knowledge of their families?

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/8610205_Ecological_half-life_of_caesium_in_roe_deer_(Capreolus_capreolus)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-11768944

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/deer-to-be-culled-at-sellafield-1.1111791

Wildlife Culled on Sellafield Site
Whitehaven News 15th April 2009
“the site’s own wildlife officers carried out regular checks and work to make sure wildlife were not exposed to contamination.”
After the meeting, a Sellafield spokesman told The Whitehaven News: “Humane and approved measures are used to minimise seagull and pigeon numbers and discourage nesting. These include egg picking, trapping and simple good housekeeping such as keeping roof areas clean and tidy.
“It’s been extremely successful with a reduction in numbers of almost 75 per cent in recent years. Work is on-going to reduce this further in locations that are more difficult to access.
“In particular we are currently assessing whether to cull seagulls to accelerate their decline on site .

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/sellafield_to_tighten_bird_safeguards_1_541340?referrerPath=news

NDA FOI Response to Radiation Free Lakeland – March 2010 (12226767 NDA Response)
Dear Marianne
Please see answers below to your questions.
Question 1
Are there records of the other bird species held -apart from lesser
black backed gulls, herring gulls and pigeons?
Yes, we do have other species although they are in smaller numbers
because of the ratio of birds attracted to the site. These are jackdaw,
crow, wagtail, rook, starling.
Question 2
Are there mammals held in the freezers?
Mammals which have died on the site and been held in the freezer are
bat, rat, mice, hedgehog.
Yours sincerely
Simon Tucker
NDA Information Manager

Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan, Trash the Woodlands, Replace with Woolly Maggots?
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/beatrix-potters-evil-master-plan-trash-woodlands-replace-with-woolly-maggots/

Radioactive Waste Dump near villages and school children at Lillyhall? SAY NO!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Make Room for Nuclear!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Make Room for Nuclear!
Map of Lillyhall "Radioactive Waste Dump " ?
Map of Lillyhall “Radioactive Waste Dump ” ?

ACTION! ACTION! ACTION!

Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to allow operators to expand the dumping of radioactive waste into ordinary landfill.

ACTION 1. Please Write to Cumbria County Council urging them not to give operators a license to dump ANY radioactive waste into Lillyhall landfill (info and points to make below)
The Development Control Committee Chair is Alan.Clark@cumbria.gov.uk
If you can write to all 18 of the Committee that would be great! http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=124

ACTION 2. Please ask to speak at the County Council meeting tbc (around 26th Feb in Kendal or Carlisle). The more people who register to speak the more chance we have of stopping this dumping of radioactive waste in landfill.
Contact: Mrs Jayne Petersen, Tel: 01539 713549; Email: jayne.petersen@cumbria.gov.uk

Application No: 2/13/9007 “The applicant proposal would include the disposal of wastes upto 400 Bq/g i.e. that which falls within the lower end of Higher Activity Low Level Waste.. ” uptil 2029
http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/documents/s25265/2139007%20-%20Lillyhall%20Landfill%20Site.pdf

Lillyhall has already been given a permit to receive “exempt” High Volume Very Low Level Radioactive waste previously banned from all landfill.

Radiation Free Lakeland have been campaigning for a change to the law allowing this to happen – a crazy state of affairs which has led to Sellafield dumping low level and intermediate level waste into Lillyhall landfill.

Now the plan is to put even higher activity waste into a landfill that was previously clear of all (but Naturally Occurring) Radioactive Materials.

West Cumbrians have been conscientiously reducing, reusing and recycling which, say the company running the landfill, means that there is “spare capacity” of 1.4 million cubic metres. Of course the companies concerned will receive far greater lucrative government contracts to dump nuclear waste and clear the decks for new build, than for dumping domestic waste.

This landfill is less than half a mile from the flag ship Energus centre and Nuclear Academy (also known locally as the Stepford Academy) for children of secondary school age.

Please write objecting to this plan to dump Higher Activity Low Level Radioactive Wastes into Lillyhall landfill uptill the year 2029.

Reasons to Object (there are many more – just a few here)

* There is no monitoring once the radioactive waste leaves the nuclear site in tipper trucks

* There will be a “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters”

* Radioactive waste arrives at the site in unmarked plastic bags.

* Radioactive Waste coming into the county from, for example, Scotland

* Lillyhall landfill site is subject to water ingress/flooding

* Lillyhall landfill site is two miles from of the town of Workington, a mile from Harrington and less than half a mile from Distington and a few minutes walk from the Nuclear Academy

* The Environment Agency in its draft authorisiation for the Kingscliffe site in Northamptonshire said: “It is true that an exposure to 0.02mSv per year of ionising radiation would be expected to have an adverse effect on human health…” This is from waste up to 200 bequerels per gram – up to 400 bequerels a gram is being proposed at Lillyhall!

* There is predetermination from the European Commission that Lillyhall will be the next Radioactive Waste Repository to take the pressure off Drigg.

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

Many of the arguments successfully deployed against Keekle Head are relevant to Lillyhall
more information here:
https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/presentation-to-keekle-head-inquiry/

Previously…
http://www.edie.net/news/3/Councils-and-locals-condemn-Lillyhall-nuclear-waste-disposal-decision/19715/

Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots”

Herdwick

Beatrix Potter's Bequest
Beatrix Potter’s Bequest

Beatrix Potter’s Evil Master Plan: Trash Woodlands, Replace with “woolly maggots” So says George Monbiot.

Nuclear enthusiast George Monbiot has said of the Lakeland fells: “The forests that once covered them have been reduced by the white plague to bare rock and bowling green…the sheep wiped the hills clean.” Sounds persuasive. But is it credible?

Far from the fells being covered in trees the pre-Neolithic landscape would be a relatively open park-like mosaic rather than closed forest. It is a very safe bet that there are far fewer of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Herdwick on the Lakeland fells now than there were when she was the Ennerdale Show President in the 1930’s. It is also very safe to say that the wildlife of the Fells was far more abundant in Beatrix Potters hayday. Recent research into the ‘brand’ of Cumbria has shown that farming and tourism are the two industries most damaged by nuclear developments. Undermining farming and tourism would leave the field wide open for the nuclear industry to achieve its ambition of New build and burying heat generating nuclear waste under Cumbria. A friend of Beatrix Potter, the sculptress Josefina de Vasconcellos arrived in Cumbria in the 1930s:

“When I first came to the Lake District whenever John or I walked there were birds but since the atomic station came there have been less and less and less, they almost died out”.

Josefina’s observations are backed up by science. Lancaster University has been studying the effects of chronic long-term radiation on animals. This includes: “Severe effect on reproduction hatching and abnormal larvae (fish).”

These test studies are backed up by findings in the real world. Many universities worldwide have been studying evidence from nuclear accidents:

“Low-dose radiation has been known to have negative consequences for living beings for almost 100 years. Indeed, background radiation causes the death of tens of thousands of humans annually. These ‘natural’ effects may be exacerbated by the 23 nuclear accidents recorded during the last century”.

Radiation Free Lakeland believe Sellafield to be the equivalent of an ongoing accident with routine releases of radiation to sea, air and groundwaters.

Beatrix Potter left a vast area of Cumbria to the National Trust to be farmed with the express wish of keeping Herdwicks on the land. Her life’s work was to retain the delicate balance created by the domestic and wild community that share and maintain the Lake District. “Rewilding” sounds good but seeks to to divorce domestic animals and humans from the community of the wild. The outcome, a dystopia where humans live only in cities and any link to the wild is through a tv.

While there is no doubt much to improve in farming, blaming sheep for eating trees is disingenuous. Rabbits, grey squirrels and deer are much more problematic than sheep in the establishment of young trees in a dynamic landscape. Nuclear is needed in that living landscape like a hole in the head. George Monbiot’s vitriol against “woolly maggots” has maybe far less to do with sheep than with a desire to further the nuclear agenda at any cost. In Japan Beatrix Potter’s Tales are used to teach English to Japanese children, thousands of whom are now nuclear refugees.

The same companies who designed and built Fukushima have walked away from any responsibility and want to build nuclear reactors in the UK. Many Cumbrians are hefted to the land the same as the Herdwicks but the land is not ours to curse.

For all our sakes … Stop and Contain nuclear.

refs:

Wildthings: Childrens Culture and Ecocriticism Of Beatrix Potter : Real “magic” is the delicate balance created by thecommunity of creatures and plants that share and maintain a habitat like the Lake District’s
http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Things-Childrens-Ecocriticism-Landscapes/dp/0814330282

Rabbit Guards
http://www.tubex.com/products/tree-spirals-wraps/spiral-shelters-rabbit-guards-for-tree-protection/overview.php

there is general agreement that the original-natural forest may have been more open than was previously thought,
English Nature
http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/10330/1/ENRR648.pdf

Grey Squirrel Damage
http://www.greysquirrelcontrol.co.uk/bark-stripping.php

Ennerdale Show Presidents
http://www.ennerdaleshow.co.uk/presidents/

Josefina de Vasconcellos

Effects after chronic radiation
https://wiki.ceh.ac.uk/download/attachments/196083904/A%20Real%20Lancaster%20effects%20meeting.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1369323656000&api=v2

Fresh Water Use
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/manchester/2010/07/455383.html
Podium 4

The A83 and Sheep – The Lie of the Land
George Monbiot has introduced his “Sheepwrecked” premise with a story about the A83 in Scotland, a road notorious for landslips. The premise is that sheep are a major factor in causing landslides. Really? Cattle and sheep have grazed the land in this area of Scotland for longer than the A83 was in existence, not to mention red deer and other land mammals. One Landslide Mitigation method suggested for the A83 is the “introduction of sheep.” This is suggested as having the potential to lessen instability of the hillside from three perspectives:
To keep the height of the grass down to help reduce the build-up of snow in the winter
To prevent un-grazed grass dying off and weighing down the slope
Sheep forming compacted paths as they traverse the hillside thus creating drainage run off
The Landslide Mitigation report’s final conclusion is “it seems prudent to recommend that if vegetation planting is to form part of an on-going strategy to address instability at this location then efforts should be made to limit the presence, or exclude completely, livestock and in particular deer.” All the best lies have a little bit of truth in them and although George is right in a No Shit Sherlock: sheep eat grass, kind of way, it is clear that the principle agents of landslides on the A83 are not the sheep
http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/files/documents/roads/PPR636.pdf

The China Syndrome (1979) & Fukushima

Toshiba one of the companies who designed and built Fukushima plans to build up to 3 nuclear plants right next to the worlds most dangous stockpile of plutonium at Sellafield….what could possibly go wrong……

Mining Awareness +

For all those who missed the movie either because they weren’t born, because they were busy doing other things, or for some other reason. Here’s the trailer, the wikipedia article on it, as well as some observations related to Fukushima.

China Syndrome” is a fanciful term—not intended to be taken literally—that describes a fictional worst-case result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, “all the way to China.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_China_Syndrome Apparently rooted in the old expression of digging a hole so deep that it goes half-way to China or even all the way to China. In the movie, “the plant came perilously close to the China Syndrome in which the core would have melted down into the earth, hitting groundwater and contaminating the surrounding area with radioactive steam“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_China_Syndrome Boy oh boy! Doesn’t that sound familiar?

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Toshiba to FUK-CUMBRIA?

Don't let Toshiba Walk Away from Fukushima to Cumbria
Dont let Toshiba Walk Away from Fukushima

Don’t Let Toshiba Walk Away from Fukushima to Cumbria

Only

It wasn’t the earthquake that caused the problem as the reactors shut down…it was

Only the loss of electricity to circulate the cooling water that was the problem.

Only, normally it would not have mattered as we have back-up generators,

Only the Tsunami flooded them but we still had batteries but they

Only lasted a day before they ran out and the reactors overheated,

Only we had to vent some radioactive steam to stop an explosion, and it was

Only a hydrogen explosion in reactor No.1, well, reactors 2 and 3 as well, but they

Only blew out a bit of the roof and the containers didn’t break,

Only they did start to melt down but not all the way. It was not a problem as we

Only had to hose them with seawater to keep the temperatures down and

Only a small amount of radioactive water flowed into the ground and

Only a little radioactivity was spread around in the local area. The evacuation zone
was

Only 10km at the start and it only became 20-30kms later and

Only some radioactivity escaped further so we

Only needed to evacuate 200,000 people.

Only the anti-nuclear people made it sound worse as they are the

Only people campaigning to stop us building more but

Only 4,600 have died from the Chernobyl disaster as the regulators

Only count the levels of radioactivity released in doses so

Only some of the cancers could be blamed on that, as we

Only use the official estimates, not the actual number of cancer deaths.

Only we have all the knowledge so you can

Only trust us for the truth about nuclear power – it’s the official story.

Do you?

by Tim Richards

Do you trust them – Toshiba, Hitachi GE and the dodgy nuclear cronies who built Fukushima? Well you’d better because having polluted Japan (and the Pacific) they are now setting their targets on the UK. Here in Cumbria Toshiba is being hailed by nuclear cheerleaders for putting money ‘and expertise’ into building a new nuclear plant right next to the most dangerous pile of nuclear crap in the world, Sellafield.

This is beyond satire, instead of being lauded Toshiba should be facing criminal charges and have their assets seized to be donated to nuclear refugees.

The cost of the Fukushima disaster will be ongoing – hundreds of billions of £s would not cover it.

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/big-step-forward-for-new-nuclear-reactors-in-west-cumbria-1.1109991

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/102m-toshiba-deal-raises-hopes-for-nuclear-new-build-1.1110334

Don’t let General Electric, Hitachi, Toshiba walk away from the Fukushima Disaster
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/getinvolved/They-profit-you-pay/

Somebody else’s problem

Theo Simon in correspondence with George Monbiot “This hole in the ground, or “Geological Disposal Facility” (GDF), is the place that all of Britain’s quaintly named “Legacy Waste” is supposed to end up.  To get a sense of what this involves I recommend that you watch the evocative documentary “Into Eternity”[vi].  It charts the excavation of a GDF at Olkiluoto in Finland.  The Finns have taken their obligation to the future far more seriously than the Brits, but as they approach completion of the project they are still vexed by the question of whether they should leave clear warning signs outside to deter future entry – in which case people thousands of years hence (who will have no reason to think that the symbols we leave carry any more weight than a Pharaoh’s curse drawn on a pyramid) may be tempted to explore – or try instead to conceal its’ existence, in which case someone may stumble upon it by accident.”

Theo's Blog

In february 2012 george Monbiot wrote to me to tell me I was wrong to be opposing a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset and my response was published on this blog.  George responded and this is my answer to his latest arguments, which are reproduced at the end of this post, after my references list.

Dear George,

Thank you for your warm-hearted and generous response, which confirms that our concerns for the biosphere and for social justice are essentially the same.  In the current situation our points of agreement are far more important to me than our differences over this one aspect of national energy policy.

From the broader perspective of our evolutionary crisis, the way that our political positions get hitched to issues of identity and self-interest could yet prove to be the fatal flaw of human civilization.  We do not listen well to each…

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