TODAY Workington made a stand against higher activity low level nuclear waste arriving in tipper trucks to be dumped in plastic bin bags into Lillyhall landfill.
Over 100 people stopped to sign letters to Cumbria County Council “why should we have it on our door step!” was the cry !
Secretary of State Ed Davey has told campaigners that the landfill site has already been awarded a permit by the Environment Agency (over the heads of local councillors and the public) to take High Volumes of building rubble from decommissioning activities “primarily from Sellafield”. Asbestos laced with tritium will also be arriving from Chapel Cross in Scotland with a “controlled release of radioactivity to ground waters.” This is acceptable to government so long as it does not leak to other European countries: “The proposal was also subject to Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty which requires Member States to provide the Commission with general data so that they may give an opinion on whether the proposal is likely to have an impact on other Member States. The opinion of the Commission in this case was that it would not. The Commission visited the site in 2013 and reported that they were content with what they saw.” WE ARE NOT CONTENT WITH WHAT WE SEE which is the dispersal of radioactivity to our environment by all means possible including dumping radioactive wastes into landfill.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION OF OUR GROUNDWATER WITH RADIOACTIVE WASTES
JOIN THE DEMO OUTSIDE COUNTY OFFICES KENDAL from 10am Wednesday 26th February
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 in Kendal on 26th Feb. 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
NOTE: The deadline to speak at next weeks meeting is the end of this week- the more people who speak the better chance we have of stopping this.
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.
Letter from DECC – Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Dump will not impact on Member States !