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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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”.
Many of the arguments successfully deployed against Keekle Head are relevant to Lillyhall
more information here: