Yesterday at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Irish Sea Conference, Radiation Free Lakeland handed out over 100 leaflets to delegates. The venue was the beautiful Netherwood Hotel in Grange over Sands. The front door looks out on to Morecambe Bay and Heysham Nuclear plant ( see photo above ). From Heysham spent fuel trundles across the train viaduct to Sellafield to be reprocessed making it even more dangerous.
The leaflets handed out yesterday by volunteers and supporters of a Radiation Free Lakeland describe just a few of the impacts of existing and proposed nuclear developments on the Irish Sea. This is to counter the non engagement of Cumbria Wildlife Trust in nuclear impacts ( happy to engage in the impact of wind turbines!)
The ever charming Sir Martin Holdgate Trustee of CWT came over to speak to us and interestingly told us that he favours above ground storage and monitoring of nuclear waste.
We agreed and suggested that the first step to looking after existing nuclear waste must be to STOP PRODUCING ANY MORE.
He replied “there is something to be said for that point of view.”
Rather worrying the equally charming Director of Cumbria Wildlife Trust Peter Bullard appears to assume that damage from nuclear ‘only’ affects humans and that the Trust “is not about people but is concerned with wildlife.”
Humans are at the top of the food chain and as studies, including studies by Lancaster University, have shown even chronic low level radiation is damaging to all wildlife including the game changing 100% sterility of fish “Severe effect on reproduction hatching and abnormal larvae (100%).”
These test studies are backed up by findings in the real world. Many universities worldwide have been studying evidence from nuclear accidents:
“Low-dose radiation has been known to have negative consequences for (all) living beings for almost 100 years. Indeed, background radiation causes the death of tens of thousands of humans annually. These ‘natural’ effects may be exacerbated by the 23 nuclear accidents recorded during the last century”.
Radiation Free Lakeland know Sellafield to be the equivalent of an ongoing accident with routine releases of radiation to sea, air and groundwaters. On May 13th Cumbria Wildlife Trust are inviting families to spend hours on beautiful St Bees beach making sand sculptures. This is the same beach where increasing numbers of radioactive particles from Sellafield’s insane reprocessing programme are being found. Not really surprising as the headland of St Bees acts as a catchment area for Sellafield discharges. The same particles take just 4 years to reach the Arctic and bioaccumulate in all life there. As a result of these finds there are no warning signs on the beaches, rather the monitoring and retrieval of radioactive particles has been stepped down dramatically. If you don’t look you don’t find? If you don’t mention the ‘N’ word people will be blind to the diabolic plan for ever more radioactive and chemical pollution from nuclear?
Leaflet handed out to delegates:
CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST : IRISH SEA CONFERENCE 2014
Do Not Mention the ‘N’ word?
The Irish Sea is the most radioactively polluted in the world. There are plans to increase that pollution many times over with new build and geological dumps spewing into the Irish Sea. Cumbria Wildlife Trust remains schtum.
Reprocessing : Britain is on course to break an international agreement to reduce radioactive pollution of the Irish Sea because of a crash programme in reprocessing at the Sellafield nuclear site. Discharges of plutonium into the sea have risen from 120 gigabecquerels a year to more than 250 with similar increases in caesium and other radioactive isotopes.
New Build: Moorside, the proposal is bigger than and nextdoor to the largest concentration of nuclear waste on the planet, Sellafield. The companies who designed and built Fukushima have taken no responsibility for that disaster but are in talks with the UK government to build new reactors here in Cumbria. The Irish National Trust are taking the UK government to court over the decision to build new nuclear plants that would pollute the Irish Sea.
Geological Dumping: West Cumbria was ruled out as a site for a deep underground nuclear dump fifteen years ago because the geology is unsafe. Now there are new plans for one or more nuclear dumps about ten times as big containing much more of the dangerous wastes taken from nuclear reactor cores. Cumbria County Council voted against the plans in January 2013. The government says it does not want to hear the County Council but will let the handful of people on the executive of the District Councils decide. The plan is for the wastes to percolate out to the Irish Sea.
published by Radiation Free Lakeland April 2014 http://wildar4.wix.com/radiation-free-land#!
Lancaster University Studies
Effects after chronic radiation