While the press and social media is full of the latest craze the ultimate ice bucket challenge goes on unnoticed.
This ice bucket challenge happens over 4 million times a day with gallon buckets of water being chucked over nuclear waste at Sellafield. The water is the best, coolest and freshest there is.
It comes from Britain’s Favourite View, Wastwater. A lake held in perpetual slavery to the nuclear industry, echoing the fate of the people of Cumbria. The domestic water for people in West Cumbria is increasingly being sourced by United Utilities from bore holes while Sellafield has exclusive rights to the pristine cool fresh water of Wastwater.
The current craze for Ice Bucket Challenge has done a fantastic job of raising awareness and money for Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) . Motor Neuron is one of the host of diseases linked to exposure to radiation.
The real ice bucket challenge must surely be to make sure that the nuclear industry contains its radioactive emissions and that no more waste is produced?
There is not enough water even in England’s largest, coolest deepest lake to cool the heels of an out of control and expanding nuclear industry. The Ice Bucket challenge gives a short sharp shock that we soon recover from. Meanwhile there is a tipping point from which our DNA cannot recover with the ongoing assault from the nuclear industry.
Diablo Canyon, California. The name says it all- Devil’s Canyon. Swimming Pools said to be Fresh Water Reservoirs
In the mainstream news on Monday was discussion of a secret document from last year, found online at the Friends of the Earth web site. As the US NRC is voting today on an Environmental Impact Statement, which excludes seismic considerations from 4 nuclear sites, 3 on the west coast, and with a major California earthquake on the weekend, it is timely:
“U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report
Posted:Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:31:14 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/09Genj0_LOg/story01.htm
“Diablo Canyon: Secret document details federal safety inspector’s alarm over plant’s vulnerability to…
The following letter was sent to all the national papers – only the Daily Mail picked it up (and edited it – original below)
Despite there being no solution to the problem of what to do with
radioactive waste our leaders seem hell bent on “the biggest nuclear
development in Europe” here in Cumbria. We recently walked 5 miles around
part of the massive area being proposed. We saw and photographed roe
deer, sedge warbler and followed ancient tracks criss crossing the area.
From conversations with people we met it was clear that we are being led
up the garden path into thinking that Moorside is somehow already part of
the expanding Sellafield site. One local lass from Beckermet even asked
us to put a map into the local papers of the proposed area so people can
see the extent of the plan. A young couple on holiday in Beckermet were
appalled that there were plans for new build on such a lovely area with
the sea on one side and the Lake District mountains on the other. The
young couple also commented that if they had known Beckermet was so close
to Sellafield they wouldn’t have booked their holiday. Well guess what?
Beckermet, Braystones and Calder Bridge are about to get a whole lot
closer to nuclear build, unless we resist in every way we can. A petition
has been set up saying:
We urge David Cameron and the leaders of Europe to scrap plans for
Moorside. The UK Government is planning to sell a vast area of Cumbria to
the same companies responsible for the Fukushima disaster, so that they
can build new nuclear reactors. Please don’t risk the safety of Europe by
turning Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.
The full petition can be found on the 38 Degrees website: Stop Moorside
We are writing to you again regarding your decision to pass the extension
of Carlisle Airport earlier this week.
What information have councillors received regarding radioactive cargo
Carlisle Airport is licensed to carry radioactive freight. Radiation Free
Lakeland have yesterday put in a Freedom of Information request to the NDA
a.what radioactive cargo has been carried to and from Carlisle in the past
b. and what plans are there to carry radioactive cargo in the future.
MOX fuel is documented as having been flown from Carlisle Airport to the
British Government’s European customers. Given the plans for nuclear
expansion is Carlisle Airport to play a role in this and are councillors
happy with the possibility of increased radioactive flights over Cumbria
and in the vicinity of Sellafield?
Another question is what would be the whereabouts of storage of
radioactive cargo prior to air haulage?
Was this information made available to councillors making the decision to
extend Carlisle Airport and increase airfreight?
If this information was not available surely the decision made by the
Development Control Committee earlier this week is invalid?
Please write to Development Control NOW asking them to call in the Carlisle Airport Expansion decision.
Development Control Carlisle City Council : email@example.com
(Cumbria CC Development Control Chair: Alan.Clark@cumbria.gov.uk
Vice Chair: Lawrence.Fisher@cumbria.gov.uk)
ANTI NUCLEAR GROUP URGE CALL IN OF CARLISLE AIRPORT EXPANSION
Radiation Free Lakeland have today urged Carlisle City Council’s
Development Control Committee to call in their decision to overturn a High
Court ruling to squash plans for the expansion of Carlisle Airport.
The letter sent to Carlisle City Council and to Cumbria County Council says:
Dear Development Control and Regulation Committee.
Radiation Free Lakeland urge you to call in the decision to grant Carlisle
Airport a huge expansion for freight and passengers.
There has been a huge and it has to be said unaccountable push to smooth
the way forward for this commercially unviable expansion which aims to see
650 passenger and 1,560 cargo flights each year by 2025 and an average of
276 heavy-lorry movements each day.
This decision has huge implications not just for the whole of Cumbria but
for our neighbours
We urge Development Control to call in the decision to give Carlisle
Airport an expansion and to refer the decision back to Cabinet and to the
full Council for the following reasons:
1. Carlisle Airport appears to be registered to carry radioactive freight
over a populated area and in the near vicinity of Sellafield.
2. This development would ensure a huge increase in air traffic in the
near vicinity of Sellafield. The potential for terrorist attack or human
error is hugely increased
3. The county should not have been held to ransom by Stobarts threat to
move out of Cumbria should the airport not be given an extension. What
exactly are Stobarts links to the nuclear industry?
Please call in this decision as a matter of urgency.
Internationally the radiation standard for emissions is now Bq for Becquerels and not Curies. One Curie is 37,000,000,000 Becquerels. A Becquerels is one radioactive emission per second. Hence, 16 billion curies is 590,000,000,000,000,000,000 becquerels or radioactive emissions per second!
US EPA Radioactive Emission Allowances for Nuclear Facilities
US citizens need to demand serious public hearings. You may not have a dump or power facility near you today, though many people do, but you may tomorrow. Also, there is a move to dilute waste and call it low level and put it in public…
Radiation Free Lakeland have been given access to the Spingfields Archive. Here is the second installment published by the Lancashire Evening Post on 20th November 1991. Published online for the first time here.
Exclusive: Scientist admits gap in monitoring
A-Plant Fails Test
By David Cragg
Ministry orders regular Geiger counter checks
‘Hot Spots’ not fully tested for 45 years
Sellafield ‘dominated’ radiation levels
Nuclear safety officials at the centre of an atom scare today admitted that for almost 45 years they have not carried out full radiation tests along the River Ribble.
Scientists at the BNFL Springfield’s plant at Salwick, near Preston revealed that they only began wide-ranging riverside searches for radiation hot spots this week.
The news comes just days after Friends of the Earth claimed children playing along the river at Penwortham, near Preston, could be receiving large doses of radiation from mudflats allegedly contaminated by discharges from Springfields.
The report coincided with a Granada TV investigation into the A-plant – which makes fuel for nuclear reactors – in which a former worker claimed three of his daughters died from illnesses linked to radiation.
Today it was revealed that BNFL failed to carry out tests, which specifically located the high beta radiation hot spots on the Ribble, and a Springfields physicist admitted the tests have only been introduced in the last week.
Today Lancashire County Council leader Coun Mrs Louise Ellman called for BNFL to stop discharges from the plant and said a special study by the council’s own radiation watchdog, RADMIL , was to be carried out. Local residents have also demanded urgent meetings with BNFL chiefs.
This week independent researcher Paul Brown, from Southport, revealed he found high levels of beta radioactive contamination – which can be harmful in high doses – in river mud.
Friends of the Earth has produced similar readings and claims BNFL has failed to meet legal obligation to reduce radioactive discharge levels below newly- imposed limits.
BNFL has carried out riverside monitoring to find gamma radioactivity and taken random samples to monitor beta levels but without testing for beta hot spots with Geiger counters.
Now BNFL has been ordered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to begin regular Geiger counter checks.
Area Health Physicist (Environmental) for Springfields, Roger Wilson said that previously radioactive pollution from the Sellafield nuclear plant was so high that pollution from Springfields was considered negligible.
He said: “We only began measuring beta radioactivity as part of the official programme last week. Previously Sellafield dictated people’s exposure to radiation, since their emissions were so much higher. As that plant has got a grip of discharges and the environment has adjusted, so the importance of Springfield’s discharges has grown.”
But he reassured the public that discharges were well below safety levels.
Mr Brown welcomed the move to monitor beta levels and said: “It is a vital part of assuring that strict safety levels of radioactivity are adhered to. The only way of locating where hot spots might develop in the area is to take Geiger-counter readings of the mud.
There is an excellent fact sheet on the nuclear fuel cycle from the
Springfields is at the beginning of the nuclear chain. Uranium is mined in far off countries, shipped by sea to Ellsmere Port, and then taken by road to Capenhurst where it is converted to uranium Hexaflouride.
Once enriched it goes by road to Springfields, near Preston to be converted into fuel rods. Radioactive waste from Springfields is dumped into the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh. An activity set to explode if the government gets away with its obscene agenda of building new nuclear plants.
RADMIL – The independent monitoring of radioactive discharges in Lancashire was disbanded a couple of years ago due to council cuts, just at the time when the nuclear industry is looking to release ever more radioactivity to the environment.
A petition has been set up to STOP MOORSIDE, described by the industry as “the biggest nuclear development in Europe” Despite having no solution to the problem of nuclear waste our government is hell bent on trashing a large swathe of Cumbria in order to build new nuclear reactors. To quote Michael Meacher MP: “We need new nuclear like we need a hole in the head!”
We urge David Cameron and the leaders of Europe to scrap plans for Moorside. The UK Government is planning to sell a vast area of Cumbria to the same companies responsible for the Fukushima disaster, so that they can build new nuclear reactors. Please don’t risk the safety of Europe by turning Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.
Why is this important?
Cumbria already has Sellafield. The Sellafield site has the biggest amount of radioactivity on the planet. A major accident involving the liquid high level waste tanks would have catastrophic consequences and make the area uninhabitable for many generations. The area around the Sellafield site should be an untouchable buffer zone to:
a) provide a measure of safety for surrounding towns and villages
b) to accommodate the documented leakage of radiation from the Sellafield site into groundwater.
c) to minimise the target area for terrorist attack (instead of doubling it)
Instead of honouring a beautiful wildlife diverse landscape bought by the public purse and guaranteeing a buffer zone around Sellafield the UK government are planning to sell off a vast area. The land stretches to the villages of Beckermet, Braystones and Calder Bridge. Not only this but the companies who are being wooed to buy the land are the very same companies responsible for Fukushima.
“The Moorside Project” is being promoted by NUGEN a company 60% owned by Toshiba.
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 to abstracted from Wastwater, the River Ehen, the River Calder and boreholes in the area. Sellafield stopped producing electricity in 2003.
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.
Powerful Yellow Monster: the toxic and radioactive heavy metal, Uranium 238 lies buried deep in the earth. There are three types of uranium mining. The vast open cast mine, the underground mine and in-situ mining which injects toxic chemicals into the earth to separate the uranium from the surrounding rock. Each of these methods produces vast quantities of toxic waste for each ton of uranium ore ripped out of the earth.
Nuclear Power generates radionuclides of a kind and scale not seen in nature on a routine basis. The routine releases increase when the reactor is refuelled, or when accidents happen. Releases to air include Tritium, Americium, Krypton, Xenon and Radioactive Carbon. Releases to water and air from Sellafield reprocessing include Plutonium, Cesium, Technetium, and Strontium 90. Each of these radioactive elements attaches to certain parts of the body e.g. Strontium 90 to the bones, Cesium to the heart, and Iodine 131 to the thyroid.