Press Release sent out …. Again
studiously ignored by the press thus far.
First reporter to break the silence will receive a Paddington Bear!
Please Look After This Bear’s Home!
Uranium From Peru to fuel new UK nuclear power plants?
With filming for the forthcoming Paddington Bear film in full swing, the famous Paddington Bear statue in London has been the focus of campaigners. Campaigners are highlighting the threat to Peru, the home of the Andean Bear on which Paddington is based, from uranium mining. Peru is currently a nuclear free country with no uranium mining. But as a direct result of the UK’s nuclear policy fuelling the demand for uranium , this could change. Nuclear cheerleaders such as George Monbiot disingenuously say “let them burn plutonium” but the brutal reality of this nasty nuclear cheerleading is the ripping of uranium out of the ground. Peter Hooper the Chief Executive of Macusani Yellowcake, a Toronto based company has said: “Peru has no uranium mining and they have one medical reactor. That’s it. The uranium here was found by Margaret Thatcher…She persuaded the British Geological Survey to fly Peru and half of Chile ..Right now we own 90% of the plateau”. (Macusani Plateau).
In December 2013 Macusani Yellowcake said they plan to mine 8.5 million tonnes over 10 years. This would make Peru the largest uranium exporter in South America, on behalf of Canada, the UKs supplier.
Marianne Birkby the founder of Radiation Free Lakeland, based in Cumbria said: The people of the High Andes are poor– but they are not polluted by uranium mining – this plan would destroy their lives and livelihoods for ever. The Quelccaya Icecap, the world’s largest tropical icecap is near Corani-Macusani, this important icecap is imperiled by uranium mining. The area is the primary homeland for Alpaca, the most important grazing animal of the indigenous Quechua people. Entire Andean Communities and plants and animals including the Andean Bear are endangered by this proposed uranium mining. It is genocidal and this is the brutal reality of the UK’s nuclear build programme.
Peru has no safety regulations on mining and transportation of radioactive material. Most roads are barely travelable around sheer mountain cliffs. Electricity is almost non-existent and water is a scarce and precious resource courtesy of the Quelccaya Icecap.
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George Monbiot “let them burn plutonium”
Paddington Bear’s Home and Tropical Icecap about to be shafted by nukiller?