Dear Chancellor Faymann,
We wrote to you last week supporting your challenge to the EC on state
subsidies for new nuclear at Hinkley C. Since then the leaked images of
the Sellafield wastes have been published in the Ecologist and have been
studied by nuclear expert John Large.
“if the ponds drain, the Magnox fuel will ignite and that would lead to a
massive release of radioactive material.
“Looking at the photos I am very disturbed at the degraded and run down
condition of the structures and support services. In my opinion there is a
significant risk that the system could fail.”
“If you got a breach of the wall by accident or by terrorist attack, the
Magnox fuel would burn. I would say there’s many hundreds of tonnes in
there. It could give rise to a very big radioactive release. It’s not for
me to make comparisons with Chernobyl or Fukushima, but it could certainly
cause serious contamination over a wide area and for a very long time.”
The photographs of Sellafield released by a whistleblower should have been
released by the British Government in the interests of openness and
transparency when developing their energy policy.
It is clear that the UK government instead of asking the British public to subsidise new build should be asking for the world’s help in looking after these nuclear
wastes which are a real and present danger.
Sellafield and the UK government continue the pretence that Sellafield is
a “centre of excellence.” There is not enough money in the world to make
Sellafield safe but that is what the world must aim for instead of
spending £billions of public money to make yet more waste.
Wastes from the existing Hinkley nuclear plant continues to arrive at
Sellafield by rail through towns and villages.
We fully support Austria’s opposition to the UK continuing along this
toxic path to future and ever more deadly “legacy” wastes
The Ecologist article “Leaked Sellafield photos reveal massive radioactive
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
Radiation Free Lakeland
Austria will take the EC to the European Court of Justice
First Generation Magnox Pond
EDF seeking deregulation for “decommissioning” ie dispersal to the
Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe