Another Government Committee set up with the stated purpose to “Implement Geological Disposal’ of heat generating nuclear wastes under Cumbria. NO …..How many times do we have to say NO!
Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. RWM supports Government’s programme to implement geological disposal. They are responsible for delivering a geological disposal facility.
“We have set out our initial thoughts on how the national geological screening exercise will help communities better understand the geology of their area, and how the results would help in identifying a potential site for a geological disposal facility (GDF).”
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Public invited to participate in Geological Screening Exercise
“Dealing with the UK’s radioactive waste is an issue for everyone. We are keen to involve all of those who are interested in the work to implement Government’s policy for geological disposal of radioactive waste.”
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Technical event: national geological screening
On 30 September, Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM), the Government’s designated developer of a geological disposal facility (GDF), will be holding a day-long technical…
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This friday the campaign was launched to Stop Moorside. Photo Gallery from the Launch
MOORSIDE REPORT by Radiation Free Lakeland MOORSIDE RaFL Report 19.9.14 The local News and Star reports: PROTEST CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER STATION NEAR SELLAFIELD By Andrew Clarke Last updated at 18:45, Saturday, 27 September 2014 A protest campaign has been launched against plans for a new nuclear power station. Marianne Birkby, right, and Alison Denwood Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) outlined its opposition with a walk around Moorside, the site of the proposed £10bn three-reactor power station on land next to Sellafield. The group has produced a 12-page document, Moorside: Myth Versus Reality, highlighting a number of safety and environmental concerns it has over the plans. It also questions the need for new nuclear power. Marianne Birkby, spokesperson for RFL, said: “There has been, to date, little outcry either from local or national groups. This may be due to Cumbria having, over decades of grooming, become nuclear compliant. “The industry and the government are presenting Moorside as a fait accompli with public debate being limited to the proposed new pylons. “This means that groups and individuals will have to create their own platforms and take their own initiative to oppose new nuclear build.” RFL concludes its report by recommending that the area around Sellafield should be an “untouchable buffer zone” and not be the subject of new-build. The report has been circulated to the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria WildlifeTrust. NuGen – the consortium behind the plans – aims for planning permission and licensing being granted in 2018, allowing for construction to begin in 2020. The first AP1000 reactor would go on stream in 2024 and all three, with a combined 3.4GW capacity, operational by 2026. A NuGen spokesman said: “We recognises that major investment is required in the UK to respond to the dual challenges of securing future energy supplies, and achieving reductions in CO2 emissions in line with UK Government and European legislation. “We believe nuclear energy has a vital role to play in helping secure the UK’s future energy supplies, and in delivering safe, clean and affordable low-carbon electricity, as part of a balanced mix. “We are carrying out early-stage site assessment work at Moorside to assess the suitability of the site. We are working with care for the environment, and we are working in partnership with local residents, keeping them and the relevant authorities updated on our progress. “We have support for our Moorside project in West Cumbria, but we don’t take that support for granted. “We will progress our plans through consultation, and we are happy to engage with the wider community.”
Decommissioning means Dispersal to the Environment. Decommissioning should mean CONTAINMENT of the waste on the existing site. The industry is already sending radioactive scrap metal to Studsvik, the radioactive scrap metal dealers in Lillyhall, Cumbria and now they want to send even higher activity radioactivity scrap metal, the really nasty stuff, intermediate level. This is an area of Cumbria that was previously clear of nuclear Crapola. It is way past time to Lock the Gate on Nuclear.
What appear to be large and small nuclear components at the Energy Solutions Low Level Waste Facility in Clive, Utah. Some large San Onofre (California) NPP components (Nuclear Reactor Vessel Head-Steam Generators) have been sent there.
Some French don’t want the reactor parts from their 9 old decommissioned reactors in France. The French government is majority owner of EDF. So, there are very high stakes with this SEPA consultation, deadline on Oct. 3rd. EDF (France) appears basically asking for a carte blanche for importing and exporting EDF nuclear waste at Hunterston and Torness Nuclear Generating Facilities in Scotland. http://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/consultations.aspx One critical point as explained by SEPA (buried on p. 10 of the 20 page document):
“EDF has applied to allow the receipt of radioactive waste on to both stations for interim storage and onward disposal. These wastes will have arisen at other EDF Energy nuclear power stations, and the…
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Radiation Free Lakeland will be launching the report on 26th Sept at the
Beckermet Pylon Consultation from 1-2.
Please join us if you can – we will then walk for a few miles or so around the
‘Moorside’ site (actually called Greenmoorside).
The Cooling Towers for AP1000 reactors under construction in America and China are 600ft to 800ft high. This is many times higher than any existing
building in Cumbria and more than double the height of the now demolished Calder Hall cooling towers. The largest pylons for example would be 152ft.
Radioactively contaminated seawater would be drawn from the Irish Sea for cooling. Deposition from vapours and particulate matter emissions from cooling towers would fall on Lakeland. The visible vapor plumes
associated with cooling towers can rise more than 5,000 feet above the towers (ie above the Lakeland fells) and extend as far as 9 miles downwind.
The river Ehen meanders through National Trust land from Ennerdale to the final reaches at the proposed Moorside site. Fresh Water Pearl Mussels and
other endangered species are under direct threat as a result of the Moorside proposal.
NUGEN are disingenuously describing this beautiful 500 acre area of West Cumbria as
“a brownfield site.” We wonder how much more of Cumbria will be described as “brownfield” should Moorside go ahead?
Radiation Free Lakeland have sent the report to movers and shakers such as the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria Wildlife
Trust, all of whom are taking part in the Pylon CONsultation while Saying NOWT about the biggest nuclear development in Europe.
Campaigners will launch the Moorside Report this Friday at the Pylon Consultation in Beckermet Reading Room, Sellafield Rd from 1pm – 2pm, 26th Sept
Following this we will walk a mile or two of the scenic route around the proposed Moorside site– actually called Greenmoorside, from approx. 2pm till 4pm.
MEET AT BECKERMET READING ROOM
We will be leaving to walk the Greenmoorside/Moorside site at approx 2pm from Beckermet Reading Room, Sellafield Rd
We will take the opportunity to watch wildlife on the 500 acre site and erect a banner “Stop Moorside: The Land is Ours!”
The National Grid is holding a consultation on the pylon route from the proposed Moorside AP1000 reactors. The pylon consultation will be at the village of Beckermet on 26th Sept. We will be there to launch the Moorside Report written by Radiation Free Lakeland which outlines the impact on Cumbria from new nuclear build. The pylons would be the very least of it.
The plant site for each nuclear reactor (there are 3 planned) is estimated to require 9.6 acres, with huge cooling towers requiring additional 15 acres Radioactively contaminated seawater drawn from the Irish Sea would precipitate over Lakeland from the cooling tower plumes. The visible vapor plumes associated with cooling towers would rise more than 5,000 feet above the towers (ie 2000 ft above the highest Lakeland fells) and extend as far as 9 miles downwind.
Pylon consultation events http://www.northwestcoastconnections.com/bgo/consultationevents.asp#Schedule
If the nuclear reactors proposed for Cumbria are so safe, why has this CEO sold a million shares in his own company BEFORE AP1000 reactors in the USA have even been built?
The question of the day is what does Southern Company CEO Thomas Fanning know that the rest of the world doesn’t?
The question arises because on September 5th, Fanning sold nearly all his stock in Southern Company, more than a million shares, putting nearly $47 million into his bank account. He kept only 35,000 shares.
That’s a tidy sum, and would seem to be incentive enough to sell–unless one thought the stock would rise higher. It’s not like Fanning was selling off a few shares because he needed some cash to renew a country club membership or something. No, Fanning sold more than 90% of his stake in the company he runs. Not many people have pressing bills of $47 million.
And, after all, Southern Company has been telling Georgia regulators for…
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THE MOORSIDE REPORT
A new report has been produced by Radiation Free Lakeland, which outlines
the impact “the biggest nuclear development in Europe” would have on
Visible vapor plumes from AP1000 cooling towers would rise more than 5,000
feet above the towers (ie 2000 feet above the highest Lakeland fells) and
extend as far as 9 miles downwind. Resulting precipitation would be from
seawater drawn from the Irish Sea, which is contaminated by Sellafield’s
The river Ehen meanders through National Trust land from Ennerdale to the
final reaches at the proposed Moorside site. Fresh Water Pearl Mussels and
other endangered species are under direct threat as a result of the
Spokesperson for Radiation Free Lakeland, Marianne Birkby said: NUGEN are
disingenuously describing this beautiful 500 acre area of West Cumbria as
“a brownfield site.” We wonder how much more of Cumbria will be
described as “brownfield” should Moorside go ahead?
Radiation Free Lakeland have sent the report to movers and shakers such as
the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria Wildlife
Radiation Free Lakeland are lobbying for independent radiation monitoring in the North West. This used to be carried out by Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire – RADMIL – which was disbanded a few years ago due to council cuts.
Multi-national private companies taking on lucrative government contracts to “decommission” nuclear plants are essentially self regulating, such as the landfill at Lillyhall which accepted “non exempt” 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate level waste from Sellafield. The Environment Agency said they were satisfied that the company running the landfill was “unaware” of Sellafield’s actions. So no prosecution against the private company was made. The Environment Agency are the government body policing radioactive releases to the environment. They are being crafted to become increasingly a watchdog that does not bark, or even look.
Please write to the Chief Scientist at Lancashire County Scientific Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
and cc to Cumbria County Council’s Nuclear Issues: email@example.com
Dear Scientific Services/Nuclear Issues
RADIATION RELEASES TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Radioactive releases to the environment used to be independently monitored by the council run Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire, RADMIL. RADMIL was stopped a few years ago due to council cuts. The nuclear industry and government plan to manufacture fuel for new reactors beginning with uranium at Capenhurst, Near Chester and then on to Preston’s Springfields plant with proposed new nuclear build at Moorside in Cumbria and proposed geological dumping under Cumbria. This means the escalating release of radioactive materials to the River Ribble and Clifton Marsh Landfill in Lancashire and to the Irish Sea, Lillyhall landfill and more in Cumbria. Fracking would also release radiation to the environment. Nuclear is ALREADY releasing an accelerating cocktail of the most potent radionuclides to the environment from fuel manufacture, routine emissions from nuclear plants, reprocessing, decommissioning and waste ‘disposal’.
Given this escalation in radioactive emissions we urge you to reinstate regular and frequent independent radiation monitoring in Lancashire and Cumbria
From: ENV Lancashire County Scientific Services
Date: 31 March 2014 14:44:29 BST
To: ‘marianne Birkby’
Subject: RE: RADMIL
Dear Ms Birkby
The decision to discontinue radiation monitoring was taken about three years ago
by the Lancashire Chief Environmental Health Officers group. This was mainly due to budgetary pressure and the recognition that the background levels of radiation were very well established.
It was also decided that the remaining equipment would be held by Lancashire
County Scientific Services and maintained in good working order in case it might
assist in the recovery phase of an nuclear incident.
As the pressures on budgets have not eased I cannot see RADMIL being reinstated in the foreseeable future.
I hope this answers your question adequately. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Andrew Smith, BSc., PhD., M.Chem.A., C.Sci., C.Chem., M.R.S.C.
Lancashire County Council
County Scientific Services
Tel: 01772 721660 (Office)