Many thanks to all the people today who stopped to talk to us at the iconic ‘Brief Encounter’ station at Carnforth. We handed out around 100 leaflets with many people asking where they could sign a petition to stop the transport of nuclear waste.
The leaflet we handed out said:
NOT SO BRIEF ENCOUNTER – NUCLEAR TRAINS AT CARNFORTH
Trains pulling containers of highly-radioactive nuclear fuel rods (“Nuclear Trains”) regularly go through Carnforth
These waste trains carrying spent fuel are operated by DRS, [Direct Rail Services owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) which transports this highly radioactive waste through some of most highly populated area in the UK.
Instead of being contained on the original nuclear sites of production the waste is taken to Sellafield where it is reprocessed. Reprocessing is intended to harvest the plutonium and uranium from spent fuel. But it increases the waste volume many times over with 8 million litres of radioactive waste discharged into the Irish Sea every day. Only a tiny fraction of plutonium and uranium has ever been used.
Nuclear trains are the most dangerous cargoes carried on our railways.
The flasks (even when empty) continually leak low-level radiation, and any increase in radiation levels in the environment means an increase in risk of radiation-linked diseases such as thyroid cancer and leukaemia. Women, young children and babies are most at risk.
As a result of a serious accident or terrorist attack the flasks could break open, releasing highly-radioactive material that would blow for miles in the wind and kill thousands of people in the Carnforth area.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
Let others know about these waste trains.
Join us in our campaign to stop DRS transporting Nuclear Waste
For more information about the trains see the
Nuclear Waste Trains Action Group website
and Radiation Free Lakeland: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Radiation Free Lakeland-
Other Stops On Sellafield Route were leafletted today……
Crewe: Over 500 leaflets handed out with people lining up to hear more about the nuclear waste trains.