This Saturday Radiation Free Lakeland went to Wasdale Show – arguably the most beautiful show ground in the world surrounded by the Lake District mountains and next to the deepest Lake in England, Wastwater.
95% of the people we spoke to were opposed to new build near Sellafield especially as there is no solution for the still accumulating existing waste, which needs 4 million gallons of water a day abstracted from Wastwater to cool its heels.
There was one good looking chap in long dreadlocks however who stood at the stall for well over an hour. He berated us on our “lack of scientific evidence that Sellafield is dangerous” He claimed that ” it was dangerous in the 1990s but it is all safe now and new build IS going ahead” Later on I noticed he had put on official Mountain Rescue gear so when I got back looked him up. Seems he is well entrenched in Sellafield largesse. Sellafield is understandably keen for their staff to apply themselves to good works such as Mountain Rescue, it is after all fantastic PR.
If you work for yourself or a small company it is really difficult to get time off but if you are a nuclear worker, as well as the time off, you get paid … all public money. No one would begrudge public money for Mountain Rescue,
( least of all me, who loves walking in the mountains and might one day need to be rescued)
But when public money is filtered through the nuclear industry it skews the social contract, especially so when the same staff then undermine volunteers who spend their own time and money campaigning for Sellafield safety, which includes prevention of new nuclear reactors. Much of what Sellafield does (and does not do) is secret even to those working on the site, many of whom will never set a radioactively protected foot in the most neglected and radioactively contaminated buildings.
So when good looking dreadlock chap says “it is all safe now” he most probably wholeheartedly believes it.
Here is some wonderful largesse courtesy of the taxpayer.