Cumbria Trust make some excellent points about the continuing sham CONsultation meetings regarding Geological Dump plans for heat generating radioactive wastes. We would add that While this continues to be “a plan” the industry and government are colluding to push along the very real plan to build new nuclear plants. Greenpeace withdrew their legal challenge against Hinkley C because the government “have a plan” for the nuclear waste. In the eyes of government and industry (and Greenpeace) it is immaterial whether or not this geological dump plan will come to fruition what matters is that “the plan” for geological dumping continues. Whether it is insane and dangerous is of no consequence as long as “the plan” and the CONsultations continue, this is a prerequisite for new build. Meanwhile the industry goes ahead unchallenged with its agenda for dispersing increasing amounts and nastiness of radioactive wastes to the environment while increasing the footprint and terrorist target of Sellafield by more than double with new build, Moorcide, adjacent to the worlds largest radioactive waste dump. Opposing geological dumping anywhere is key to stopping the nuclear juggernaught. The first step to looking after the waste as safely as possible is to stop making more waste!
, Cumbria Trust notes that the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) has decided to hold a
regarding geological nuclear waste disposal in Workington, Cumbria on 30th April 2014.
, that of all the locations in the Country which could have been chosen for such a meeting, CoRWM has chosen West Cumbria.
, that this follows recent assurances from DECC ministers that the new process would be a truly national process following the Cumbrian MRWS process coming to an end last year.
, that no other such meetings appear to have been announced by CoRWM.
, that the new White Paper is likely to be published in the summer of 14.
Cumbria Trust expects that the Government will ignore the results of its own and last consultation and proceed in the White Paper to exclude County Councils from the decision making process; namely…
Sellafield have put up extra security fences extending the largest nuclear site in Europe to include woodlands trapping deer and other wildlife. Now they want to cull the trapped family group of roe deer including pregnant does. Sellafield have told Natural England that the deer are a “security threat” and so “special permission” has been given to shoot the deer out of season. The fences are meaningless while Sellafield continues to chuck radioactive wastes out to sea, to air and to landfill.
This is not a spoof, or a send up. Our government has signed up to the Euratom Treaty which describes in detail a plan to turn Lillyhall landfill site into a Radioactive Waste Repository with a “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters.” Our government has smoothed the way with a change to UK law. High volumes of “low level” radioactive wastes can be
relabelled “exempt” allowing them to be dumped in landfill. Higher activity wastes have already been illegally dumped by Sellafield. The Environment Agency has issued a permit despite the opposition of County and Borough councils.
All that’s left is for local councillors to rubber stamp, which they have done despite the majority of councillors being vehemently against nuclear wastes going to Lillyhall.
This is an abuse of power, of human rights and an abuse of the environment.
What can we do? We are doing all we can as an unfunded local volunteer group but without national media support or the support of National Non Governmental Organisations there is no momentum to oppose this – which of course is the desired effect. The out of control nuclear juggernaught rolls on, the more momentum it gains the more uncontrollable and unstoppable it becomes.
On the streets of Cumbria there is disbelief . Disbelief that this abuse of our democracy and our human right to clean unpolluted water could be happening. Disbelief that there could be such collusion between the nuclear industry, the European Union, The UK government and the regulators. As Energy Minister the late Tony Benn was in charge of Britain’s nuclear program he summed the situation up in his time as ” this is the trouble with the nuclear industry, I came not to believe what I was told, and that throws a doubt on more than nuclear power: the question of democracy, if officials can operate as a state within a state. Where is the democratic control of policy?” We suspect that the nuclear corruption of governance has gone from bad to a whole lot worse since then.
Lillyhall is a Radioactive Waste Repository (so says the European Commission)
Please find enclosed 100 letters from your constituents and visitors to Workington. The letters were signed on 22nd March, World Water Day, in Workington in a very short time, many more people were keen to sign but we ran out of letters.
The letter says:
Sellafield was fined £700,000 for illegally dumping 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate level waste into Lillyhall landfill. Lillyhall has been given a permit to dump the recently classified “exempt” radioactive waste. This led to the open gate allowing Sellafield to dump even higher activity wastes than the already dangerous “exempt” waste.
According to the European Commission the plan is to have liquid radioactive effluent being routinely released from Lillyhall as long as it does not affect Member States.
We are asking why was Sellafield prosecuted while the landfill operators FCC are allowed to not only get away scot free but given a green light to continue? Is it because the government needs privateers such as those running Lillyhall to “dispose” of radioactive wastes?We want to know why the landfill operators have not been prosecuted and we are urging you as the local MP along with all Cumbrian MPs and Cumbria County Council to ask some tough questions and demand some answers.
Residents from Workington spoke at the recent County Council Meeting in opposition to Lillyhall’s nuclear landfill. The Cumbria County Council Development Control Chair Alan Clark repeated time and again that the Lillyhall meeting was “not about nuclear” but merely about a time extension to the landfill.
What Councillor Alan Clark should have said is that ‘this meeting is not about nuclear waste because the European Commission has already decided that Lillyhall is a Radioactive Waste Repository above our heads and also above our heads the Environment Agency has already given Lillyhall a permit’.
It is clear that democracy does not come into this top down nuclear decision making. In Europe, Lillyhall is earmarked as a radioactive waste dump in an area previously free of high volumes of nuclear waste (apart from small amounts of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) So Lillyhall is earmarked as a nuclear dump with No Cumbrian vote, No Cumbrian discussion. The decision made by the European Commission has been rubber stamped by the UK Environment Agency by granting a permit.
All that’s left is for local councillors to rubber stamp a time extension, which they have done despite the majority of councillors speaking angrily against nuclear waste being dumped in Lillyhall. The Chair Alan Clark was insistent that if they denied a time extension to the landfill (“because this isn’t about nuclear” ) the private operators would appeal against the Council’s decision. This turns justice and democracy on its head. 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. We would like you to ask this question in Parliament on behalf of your constituents and those towns and villages in Cumbria who would suffer radioactive rubble being trucked passed them on the way to Lillyhall from Sellafield, Chapel Cross etc.
Q: Why weren’t the private operators of Lillyhall Landfill prosecuted for allowing Sellafield to dump 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate level waste into the landfill?
Marianne Birkby on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland (address)
cc. Tim Farron MP, John Woodcock MP, Rory Stewart MP, Jamie Reed MP, John Stevenson MP, Cumbria County Council Leader Stewart Young, Chair of Development Control Alan Clark
pg 2 Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Repository
European Commission Directorate D – Nuclear Energy
LILLYHALL VERY LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE REPOSITORY August 2011
ii) It potentially exposed those who handled waste off-site and the public to unnecessary risk.
iii) It was not a first offence. A prohibition notice had been served on 28 June 2008, one year before installation of the new monitors, by the Department of Transport for breach of Regulation 5 of the 2009 Regulations. Sellafield Ltd had been fined twice for incidents involving the emission of radioactive material in 2005 and 2007 – £500,000 and £75,000 respectively.
Nuclear Security Summit with all the razzmatazz of the Olympics discusses Terrorist Sellafield Deer? Meanwhile Sellafield dumps radioactive wastes in the sea, into the air, into scrap metal and into landfill for radioactive effluent to be dispersed to Groundwaters ….who needs terrorists with “security” like that?
March 25, 2014: Protest action at the main gate of Urenco
Time: 9:30 to 11, Protest-Picketline in Almelo, Netherlands (more info below).
Image from stopdenss.nl press release. Sign: Stop Nuclear Power. Abolish Poverty.
Based on Dutch Press Release from Stop the NSS (unofficial translation):
The Hague, March 23, 2014 – The demonstration “Stop nuclear power! Abolish poverty” with some 250 participants, accompanied by an overabundance of police made its way through The Hague. After speeches by Jorien de Lege Greenpeace Netherlands) and Rene Oosterhuys (Stop NSS), the protest procession left the Hobbemaplein towards the Spui, where another three speakers closed the procession. 19 organizations supporting “Stop The NSS” organized the protest.
At the Nuclear Security Summit, which is being held this Monday and Tuesday in The Hague, 58 world leaders will discuss nuclear “security”. Stop the NSS finds it remarkable that the nuclear summit is only about the small likelihood…
Just received this shocking reply from Natural England. Their rationale for giving Sellafield a license to blanket cull is that the deer are “a threat to security” and any way say Natural England it is open season for does (until 31st of March) and no bucks have been seen on site (it is closed season for bucks) .
Natural England then helpfully point out that buck fawns can be shot anyway if the doe mother is shot (‘cos thats the humane thing to do – right?) A fawn stays with the mother until it is over a year old – so any fully grown bucks are classified by Natural England as “fawns.”
Thank you for your email below concerning the rationale behind the granting of a licence to control deer.
Natural England received an application for a licence to kill deer during the Close Season that had become accidentally trapped within the Sellafield Nuclear site at Seascale in Cumbria due to the risk that these animals posed to the security of the site.
The applicant had considered a range of alternative measures in order to resolve the issue such as removing sections of the perimeter fencing and leaving gates open to allow the animals to exit and capturing the deer with nets and/or stupefying drugs to enable relocation outside.
As none of these measures were considered to be effective or practicable to implement (predominantly due to the security situation at this site), a licence under Section 8 of the Deer Act 1991 (as amended) was issued to permit the applicant to shoot a limited number of Roe bucks (only) for the purpose of preserving public health and safety. However, as no Roe bucks have been detected on site since the issue of the licence, no action has been taken; nor is any likely to be.
With regard to the Roe does that are present on site, any authorised person is lawfully permitted to shoot these deer between 01 November and 31 March (inclusive) without the need for justification or a licence.
In addition, under Section 6 (2) of the 1991 Act, a person shall not be guilty of an offence of taking or killing a deer during the Close Season or at Night that he reasonably believes- (a) has been deprived in any way (other than by an unlawful taking or killing by that person) of a female deer on which it was dependent; or (b) is about to be deprived, by death from disease or a lawful taking or killing, of a female deer on which it is dependent.
This effectively means that Roe buck fawns could be lawfully shot during the Close Season without the need for a licence.
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Original Message—– From: Marianne Birkby
Sent: 18 March 2014 15:53 To: Wildlife, Bristol (NE); Enquiries (NE) Subject: “Special Permission” to Cull out of Season Dear Natural England,
I am writing on behalf of Save the Sellafield Deer to ask what are the reasons behind the “special permission” granted to Sellafield to cull the family group of roe deer out of season?
The public are opposed to this cull as evidenced by the thousands of petition signatures and demonstrations outside the newly enlarged perimeter fences trapping the deer. Wildlife and animal protection groups including Animal Aid, PETA, We Are Change and others are opposed as are wildlife sanctuaries and Humane Wildlife Solutions – some of these groups have offered to get the deer out at no charge to Sellafield.
The Sellafield workforce are opposed as evidenced by them joining protestors outside the gates. What rationale can you give for granting Sellafield “special permission” to cull the deer?
If you cannot answer by return email as a courtesy then we would like to ask the question under Freedom of Information requests. yours sincerely Marianne Birkby on behalf of Save the Sellafield Deer
Shooting deer in the close season or at night Section 7 Deer Act 1991 provides a so-called “farmers defence” whereby authorised persons may, in certain circumstances shoot deer if they are causing damage in the close season (see the Act for details of the types of situations covered). The amendments to the Deer Act to allow individuals to apply for licences for shooting deer during the close season to prevent the deterioration of natural heritage or to preserve public health and safety. To apply see Licences and how to apply below. Under Section 3 Deer Act 1991 it is an offence to kill or take deer at night. The 2007 amendments allow individuals to apply for licences for shooting deer at night where it is not possible to effectively control deer by other means. To apply for a licence see Licences and how to apply below. http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/species/dee r.aspx <http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/species/de er.aspx>
On Saturday, the United Nations World Water Day, around 100 people stopped to sign a letter to Workington MP Tony Cunningham. In fact so many people stopped in such a short time that campaigners ran out of letters.
The letter says:
Dear Tony Cunningham MP,
Sellafield was fined £700,000 for illegally dumping 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate level waste into Lillyhall landfill.
Lillyhall has been given a permit to dump the recently classified “exempt” radioactive waste. This led to the open gate allowing Sellafield to dump even higher activity wastes than the already dangerous “exempt” waste.
According to the European Commission the plan is to have liquid radioactive effluent being routinely released from Lillyhall as long as it does not affect Member States.
We are asking why was Sellafield prosecuted while the landfill operators FCC are allowed to not only get away scot free but given a green light to continue? Is it because the government needs privateers such as those running Lillyhall to “dispose” of radioactive wastes?
We want to know why the landfill operators have not been prosecuted and we are urging you as the local MP along with all Cumbrian MPs and Cumbria County Council to ask some tough questions and demand some answers.
Please write to your own MP and Cumbria County Council and anyone else you can to ask why the landfill operators were not prosecuted and why Cumbrians should be subjected to radioactive effluent being dumped into their groundwaters.
Radiation Free Lakeland will be in Workington town cente Saturday 22nd March from 12 noon till 2pm at The Hub.
This Saturday is the United Nations World Water Day. Here at home in Cumbria there is the plan for the “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters” from over one million cubic meters of planned radioactive landfill at Lillyhall.
The campaigners will be urging people to sign a letter to Tony Cunningham MP calling for the operators of Lillyhall landfill to face criminal charges in allowing low level and intermediate level radioactive wastes to be dumped in the landfill by Sellafield.
Marianne Birkby of Radiation Free Lakeland has said: The plan appears to be to dump as much as possible of decommissioned nuclear power plants into Lillyhall under the recent “exempt” law.
This “exemption” led to Sellafield dumping bags of waste that were of even higher activity, including intermediate, than the already dangerous “exempt” wastes.
We are asking why was Sellafield prosecuted and the landfill operators FCC allowed to get away scot free?
Is it because the government needs privateers such as those running Lillyhall to “dispose” of radioactive wastes?
Sellafield was fined £700,000 from the public purse while the privateers at Lillyhall have faced no criminal charges.
We want to know why the landfill operators have not been prosecuted and we are urging Tony Cunningham, all Cumbrian MPs and Cumbria County Council to ask some tough questions and demand some answers.
Received a reply from Tim Farron MP today from our request that DECC take heed of public opposition to the cull of roe deer trapped within the new perimeter fences. DECC who ordered the fences (which enlarge the footprint of the Sellafield site to include woodland and rough scrubland areas) say “it would not be appropriate for DECC to intervene.”
Sellafield has been given “special permission” from Natural England (another arm of government which is increasingly less autonomous) to cull the deer out of season. This “special permission” must be REALLY SPECIAL because according to Natural England the only reasons for culling healthy animals out of season are “to prevent the deterioration of natural heritage or to preserve public health and safety.” Neither of these are applicable at Sellafield ?!
We have written to ask Natural England what rationale they can provide for giving Sellafield a license to kill.
Good analysis of the “decommissioning” lies …also We know that chopped up spent fuel dissolved in lakes of nitric acid makes high level liquid wastes these have leaked out into the sandstone aquifer below Sellafield and this is I suspect the reason for expanding the footprint of the site with ever those nasty expanding fences that have trapped the family of roe deer. We are the deer, the deer are us, trapped and involuntarily poisoned.
OP – ED Arclight2011 Nuclear-news.net 8 December 2013
The UK has decided to take the cheapest option for decommissioning according to a recent report by the badly named Department of the Environment and Climate Change (DECC), as 65 percent of their annual budget goes just on the costs of decommissioning it should be named British Nuclear Fools.
The processes involved with “decommissioning” are a “corporate secret” but a quick google says that the cheapest option is dissolution that involves melting everything in Nitric acid (or similar) and this has been the cause of high NO2 levels in the UK that are regularly blamed on other industries or countries. Though La Hague in France does contribute.
The UK has been reprimanded by the EU for the deaths caused by this NO2. And in the UK parliament we hear calls to cut the pollution detection monitors as they give the nuclear hazard…