Radiation Free Lakeland were one of the groups invited to attend the Fukushima Vigil at Heysham Nuclear plant. Saturday March 8th was sunny and windy with a real atmosphere of camaraderie in our determination to stop new nuclear, new waste and new weapons. Flags flew and drums sounded out to remember the victims of the ongoing disaster at Fukushima.
The day was organised by Lancaster architect Mo Kelly who using the surveying tools of her trade as an architect measured the levels at which the sea is predicted to rise up to 2100. Sobering was the thought that the children at the vigil would be around to see the waves overtaking the existing nuclear plant.
Mo graphically illustrated how high a 5 metre storm surge would be – higher that the military style fences around the plant!
The UK has already seen 18 metre high waves overcoming sea defences, damaging property and destroying railway lines on the south coast this winter.
Mo described how “When storms occurred this winter, we visited the power station, and were horrified to see that waves within Morecambe Bay were flooding the promenade that runs beside the 1.220mm high flood defence wall on the perimeter of the power station.
“As responsible citizens, we must ask these questions. What will happen when sea levels rise, and there are storms, causing sea surges and waves that may breach or overcome the concrete flood defence wall ?”
Gisela Renolds, of Lancaster said: “People are concerned about how flooding will affect Heysham Nuclear power stations, and would like to know how they are preparing for climate change-induced sea level rises and storm surges. We want the operators of Heysham nuclear power stations to tell us 1.) How are they preparing for climate change-induced sea level rises and storm surges? 2.) How we can we be sure that flooding will not cause nuclear waste leaks and 3.) How can the nuclear power stations continue producing waste if there are no safe solutions for long-term storage?”
This swamping by the sea applies to every existing nuclear power station in the UK. It also applies to the planned new build including at Heysham and the plan for Moorcide adjacent to Sellafield.
Future Sea Level Rise Projections