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.
Leader of Cumbria County Council
Phone: 01228 541905
Bus. phone: 01228 227395
Bus. email: Stewart.Young@cumbria.gov.uk
World Water Day