PLEASE JOIN US ON 10th AUGUST at 10AM – MEET AT THE ROYAL OAK BECKERMET.
The walk will take around 2 hours, approximately 5 miles For those who do not want to do the whole walk we will be returning to The Royal Oak Beckermet to have a bite to eat and discuss what we have seen.
From the Lake District National Park towards the coast, you can look down across the lowland area and your eyes meet the obscene atomic carbuncle called Sellafield. The industry with funding from our nuclear obsessed government want to add at least two vast new reactors and the loading station for tens of thousands of radioactive waste packages for a vast underground nuclear dump.
Recent press coverage suggests that Moorside is a fait accompli. This is what the industry and our nuclear fanatical government would dearly like people to believe in order to stop opposition.
Opposition is however the only sane option to new build adjacent to Sellafield.
We are inviting groups such as the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria WildlifeTrust and the Lake District National Park Authority, groups who have the interests of the countryside at heart to join members of the public on a walk taking in part of the proposed site
The walk will take place on 10th August – meet at the Royal Oak at 10am and will be approximately 5 miles starting from the village of Beckermet
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has recklessly given Toshiba the option to purchase a 6km square parcel of West Cumbria, beautiful green fields and hedgerows adjacent to Sellafield and running alongside the River Ehen. This huge parcel of wildlife diverse farm land stretches towards Calder Bridge, Beckerment and Braystones
To consider any new build at all adjacent to Sellafield’s high level waste tanks is an act of recklessness. Bizzarely the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is actively encouraging new build even while the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, local politicians and nuclear campaigners have for the past decade repeatedly raised concerns about the safety of the High Level Waste tanks upon which the physical safety of the whole of Cumbria and its international neighbours depends.
The NDA should do the job it was set up to do – namely look after the existing stockpile of nuclear waste rather than actively encouraging new Toshiba’s proposed three new reactors are AP1000s. These are the next generation of the same old uranium burning technology. The difference is that these reactors burn the uranium for longer and harder. The resulting radioactive wastes are much hotter and have to be cooled for decades longer. The NDA have told Radiation Free Lakeland that the fresh water resource for cooling is “a matter for the operators.” Currently Sellafield uses over 4 million gallons of water daily abstracted from Wastwater, the River Ehen, the River Calder and boreholes in the area.
The elephant in the room is of course Toshiba’s track record in nuclear safety. Toshiba supplied the steam generator, architecture and reactor for Fukushima reactors numbers 3 and 5 Hitachi (merged with Toshiba) supplied the reactor, steam generator and architecture for Fukushima reactor no 4.
Moorside is the last nuclear straw that will break far more than Cumbria’s back unless we resist now.
Please join us on 10th August 10am at Beckermet to have a walk around the proposed site- we will meet at the Royal Oak.
Wainwright famously called Calder Hall a “grotesque carbuncle” that atomic carbuncle is set to grow like a malignant cancer.
Holiday time! Beach towels, buckets and spades and children are being gathered up to take along to the beach.
There is loads of choice in Cumbria, which boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK.
Maybe one of the award-winning beaches like St Bees? St Bees has a Good Beach flag from the Marine Conservation Society and a Seaside Award flag from Keep Britain Tidy.
Before packing the sandwiches though, it is worth considering that while these awards consider “rigorous water quality tests” they do not consider radioactive pollution as a criteria.
St Bees beach, like many others in West Cumbria, has seen a dramatic increase in radioactive particle finds including plutonium. The awards encourage children to spend hours playing on the beaches and making sandcastles on beaches known to be contaminated.
Isn’t it about time that these awards included radioactive pollution as a criteria?
Cumbria Trust was pleased to read today’s long overdue announcement from DECC that national parks and AONBs will be protected from fracking. These areas are the most treasured parts of the British landscape and are rightly subject to some of the strictest planning rules. This is particularly relevant to Cumbria which includes Britain’s premier national park, The Lake District and the Solway Coast AONB.
However, there is a clear lack of joined-up thinking in government. Just last week, the same government department, DECC, brought out a new White Paper on Geological Disposal of nuclear waste. This White Paper should have contained the same exclusion of national parks and AONBs, along with other environmentally sensitive areas, but they neglected to include this.
The exploration and construction phases for a GDF the size of Carlisle would be significantly more damaging and destructive than a fracking operation, so national parks and AONBs must…
Surprise surprise! The UK government is super keen to plonk another cancer factory, the “biggest in Europe”, adjacent to Sellafield and Hey Presto as if by magic, Sellafield is unveiled in its brand new shade of whiter than white.
The headline: “No increased risk of cancer for children living near Sellafield or Dounreay”.
The study funded by the Department of Health found no difference in cancer incidence from 1991 -2006. The report magnanimously acknowledges that there was increased incidence of leukaemia before 1991 but infers that Sellafield has cleaned up its act (despite its crash programme of reprocessing) to such an extent that all is now tickety boo.
And as if this wasn’t enough, the ‘Good News’ message is reinforced by Cancer Research UK (a charity with government ties) “This study is reassuring for anyone who happens to be living near a power plant” says Dr Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK.
Our friends in the rest of Europe who are abandoning nuclear at a rate of knots because of health, environmental and financial crash risks can only look on in bewilderment at the UK governments continued and it has to be said, accelerating nuclear fanaticism.
Reprocessing at Sellafield turns 50. Fifty years worth of insanely dangerous high level liquid wastes in tanks that the Office for Nuclear Regulation say are not fit for purpose. Why then is more waste arriving at Sellafield to be reprocessed adding to the toxic brew? There is no reason for this to happen apart from habit and an insane nuclear culture. This is what Sellafield says about its clapped out old reprocessing plant which in a sane world should never have begun operations ““Imagine a car from 1964 still running on the roads today and not just being brought out for exhibitions or displays but actually doing hard miles, every month, come what may. That’s what our Magnox Reprocessing Plant does and we are extremely proud of it.”. This is not a beautiful vintage car it is a bomb making machine.
The UK’s first commercial nuclear reprocessing facility celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday.
The Magnox Reprocessing plant at Sellafield reprocesses spent fuel from nuclear power stations and recycles it to make fresh fuel.
More than 52,000 tonnes of fuel have been reprocessed in the facility since operations began in 1964, according to operator Sellafield Ltd, which currently employs more than 400 people.
Mark Jackson, the current Head of the Magnox Operating Unit said: “The longevity of the plant and its safety record are a real success for not only the nuclear industry but industry as a whole.
“Imagine a car from 1964 still running on the roads today and not just being brought out for exhibitions or displays but actually doing hard miles, every month, come what may. That’s what our Magnox Reprocessing Plant does and we are extremely proud of…
Wonder why Greenpeace UK is not hanging banners from the top of Heysham Dungeness..etc? These nukiller plants are clapped out but nevertheless plan to continue further into dangerous old age putting us all at risk. Putting Europe at risk for the sake of a tiny percentage of the UKs total electricity use!
Greenpeace Action: Don’t Place Europe in Danger! March 18, 2014
(Video has some French, German, and English)
Nuclear: It is Time to Stop
(While the French language original, by Greenpeace.fr, is entitled Nuclear Europe: It is Time to Stop, the situation in the USA is similar. And, so we have added additional Greenpeace and other info about the USA at the bottom. Also, Switzerland is included, even though it is not EU).
English translation based on Greenpeace.fr report:
This 18th of March, 60 activists, from all over Europe, but also from Turkey, and Australia, occupied the dome and roof of the reactor pool number 1 at the Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant in France. Fessenheim is the oldest nuclear power plant in France and one of the oldest Europeans reactors: it will be 37 years old in two weeks.
This action had as objective to denounce the risk that Nuclear France…