NuGen the developers behind the diabolic Moorside proposal have been caught out lying to the public in a double page advert for the CONsultation. If these companies who built the Fukushima nuclear plant don’t know the difference between energy and electricity then why on earth should we believe the other lies that nuclear power is “safe” and “low carbon” ? Smoke and Mirrors are the order of the day in all things nuclear!
COMPLAINT OVER CUMBRIAN NUCLEAR ADVERT
By Jonny Irving
Last updated at 15:14, Tuesday, 28 April 2015
A campaign group has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about an advert for the proposed Moorside nuclear project.
Radiation Free Lakeland has made the complaint saying that the advert, which appeared in newspapers across Cumbria, included incorrect information.
The advert was placed by NuGen, which is in charge of the Moorside project next to the existing Sellafield plant in west Cumbria.
A spokesman for the firm said: “A recent newspaper advertisement, which sets out how NuGen will consult on our plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria, contains a statement which requires clarification.
“The statement [that was published] says ‘NuGen’s Moorside Project aims to provide approximately seven percent of the UK’s current energy requirement’. It should read ‘…approximately seven percent of the UK’s current electricity requirement’.
“We are taking steps to clarify the reference so it is clear it refers to electricity – and will update our consultation website.
“This point of clarification is not part of our public consultation.”
The British government has long considered democracy a threat to “the existing order”. Recently, the UK Parliament voted to override county and local democracy, in order to facilitate the dumping of its nuclear waste on communities. On the 25 Mar 2015, Ayes were 277 and Noes 33, for the dumping of democracy, along with the nuclear waste. Already in 1984, Hilda Murrell spoke of the “inbuilt tendency to dictatorship”, as an outgrowth of the nuclear industry. Since no one in their right minds wants a nuclear waste dump near them, they must either send all nuclear waste to landfills, as they’ve started doing already, or force nuclear dumps on communities. Sending nuclear waste to landfills involves extermination of the inhabitants of the British Isles over time; the second involves the dumping of democracy.
The UK has a wonderful chance to vote in an anti-nuclear and pro-democracy government on the 7th…
“The Chernobyl accident is an obvious example of how human failures when dealing with a modern technical system can have global consequences and also be a potential threat to what we like to think of as the unspoiled wilderness of the Arctic ” (Ahman, 1998)
“The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, ranked in severity at level 5 on the 7-point International Nuclear Event Scale.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windscale_fireEach of three proposed Moorside nuclear reactors is 6 times bigger than Windscale. They are bigger than the Chernobyl reactor.
BAE, the biggest arms manufacturers in Europe plan to take over the education of Barrows’ school children.
Note: this is not inevitable – it can be stopped BAE do not take over until Sept …
Local Education Authorities, Councils and Services are being starved of cash so that the government can continue with its insane nuclear agenda which includes nuclear submarines – it doesn’t have to be this way!
In Phillip Pullman’s book The Shadow in the North, the industrialist Bellmann defends his weapons factory in Barrow, claiming that the creation of the Self- Regulator is good for humankind because it is a weapon too horrible to use and will promote peace, he argues that “there are poor children in Barrow who will eat and go to school because of what I have done”. Phillip Pullman’s evil owner of the Barrow arms factory did not go as far as is happening in reality, the softly softly corruption of Barrow school children. Children softly radicalised into believing that building clever nuclear weapons of mass destruction is a good way to spend a life times work.
Barrovian children have objected, they have protested strongly time and again against their perfectly good and honest schools being crapped over and scrapped to make way for the building of Furness Academy. The only people who seem to have profited from the building of the hugely expensive multi £million Furness Academy are the businessmen and the back room dealers
In 2007 the arms company BAE Systems offered £400,000 to sponsor the proposed academy in Barrow-in-Furness, the Cumbrian town where the company builds nuclear submarines. This sponsorship was proffered at the same time the arms giant was under criminal investigation in Britain, the US and Europe over corruption allegations. The nuclear industry and the nuclear weapons industry are of course mutually parasitic, feeding off each other. Parents were concerned about the influence sponsors like BAE would have on children’s education. Now after just a couple of years the expensive Furness Academy is failing and Europe’s biggest arms dealer are stepping in to ‘save the day’…..it looks like BAE are to have sole influence on Barrovian children!
This is HELLISH
Article below is hot off the press from RT (Russia Today)… Europe’s largest arms manufacture BAE Systems has become the main sponsor of an under-performing school in the North West of England.From September the arms marker, which operates a dockyard in Barrow-in-Furness, will run the Furness Academy, which was created under the coalition government’s academies scheme by joining together three failing schools in the area.BAE previously tried to donate £400,000 to the academy in 2007, while the firm was under investigations of corrupt dealings.
The arms company is responsible for the construction of nuclear submarines at its base in the town, which are used in the controversial Trident program. The firm had a £15.4 billion turnover in 2014.BAE has set up a trust to run the school under its submarine-building arm. Campaigners worry the move will have an impact on the curriculum.
Sam Robinson, university coordinator for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), called the decision “deeply worrying.”
“The idea [BAE] could soon be playing a significant role in running one of our schools is deeply worrying.“It … gives them direct access to potential future employees and often allows them to influence the curriculum to suit their employment needs.”
Read moreBBC arms trade ties troubling, BAE boss must resign from Trust – campaignersRobinson said the move means the school would be run on “profits from selling arms to some of the world’s most oppressive dictators.”The arms company will be tasked with boosting the academy’s performance. The school has been in special measures since 2012, following a spate of poor Ofsted inspection results.
The schools’ watchdog says improvements have been much too slow.Tony Johns, the managing director of BAE Systems Submarines, said in a statement: “We have for a long time supported local education at primary, secondary and college level, and see this positive step as an extension to our commitment in helping Furness Academy provide its students with the best possible education.”BAE has not issued a comment on the agreement.
Mallen Baker, a strategic advisor for corporate social responsibility, told Schools Week it was quite normal for local companies to invest in local education and, despite BAE’s arms dealings, the firm is simply investing in the future of the town.“Employers recognize that the quality of local recruits is influenced hugely by their quality of education,” he said. “Companies that invest in the local community will also get higher loyalty rates.“With BAE there is an additional factor – they deal with a controversial product. But armament is essential for the defense of the country and we believe in the right for our countries to defend themselves.”
Radiation Free Lakeland have sent a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority regarding the lie that Moorside would provide “7% of the UKs energy”
“NuGen’s Moorside Project aims to provide approximately 7% of the UK’s
current energy requirement…”
The fantastic claim in the advertorial in every Cumbrian newspaper that Moorside would provide 7% of the UKs energy is a blatent lie which can easily be disproved: 7% of the UKs energy sounds like magic– but the truth is that if the proposed plant produced 7% of the UKs electricity that would be pushing it.
It is also a lie to say nuclear is low carbon, it is in energy deficit if the whole chain is accounted for from uranium mining to accidents and attempts at waste containment..
On the areas on the map for consultation – it is clear that Scotland is nearer than some of the Consultees in Cumbria….but they have been excluded from the consultation along with Ireland, and Norway.
Will Cumbrians show solidarity with Scotland, Ireland, Norway and other areas that would be equally and disastrously impacted on?
Sakurajima is classified as a “Decade Volcano”, one of 17 volcanoes, worldwide, “identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as being worthy of particular study in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decade_Volcano Sakurajima, 3 October 2009, Photo by Krypton, CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikipedia
Please tell me that this is a nightmare from which we will all shortly awaken and that it is not real:
“UPDATE 1-Japan court approves restart of reactors in boost for Abe’s nuclear policy
Posted:Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:57:59 -0400 *…
Every paper this week in Cumbria has a double page spread about the plan to build 3 diabolic reactors on ancient green fields and hedgerows .
The nuclear industry and their government cronies have done everything in their power to steamroller Cumbria down this vicious radioactive route. But still that is not enough for them. They are lying to Cumbrians about the amount of electricity these 3 untried untested “Chernobyl on steroids” reactors would produce.
The double page advertorials printed in every local newspaper proclaim that
“NuGen’s Moorside Project aims to provide approximately 7% of the UK’s current energy requirement.”
This is a blatant lie
If NuGen do not know the difference between electricity and energy then why should we believe their other blatant lies that this will be “safe” “low carbon” and the biggest lie of all is the pretence that nuclear is not killing us with increasing radiation linked diseases.
Cumbrians Wake Up – don’t rely on Radiation Free Lakeland to counter the lies and oppose this poisoning of our land and our DNA.
You are the Resistance!
Mobilise to Stop Moorside –
Petition: there is a petition which has not had the benefit of double page advertorials or any media publicity but has already gathered 7167 signatures.
Write to Open Spaces, the NFU, Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, The Scottish Parliament, The Irish Parliament, Norway – all those who would be disastrously impacted on by this development (everyone!) and urge them to OPPOSE. The consultation by the developers does not allow for opposition it is designed like an old fashioned mangle to pull you along in one direction with no means of disengagement. The only sane option is for people to create their own platforms and OPPOSE.
The UK Magically Declares Highly Radioactive Waste Non Radioactive and Dustbins it throughout the Kingdom. This is not a joke. The amounts effectively declared “non-radioactive” (approx. 4000 Bq/kg) and sent to landfill are 6 x more radioactive than allowed for EU food (4 x greater than UK food rules; 40 x greater than Japanese rules) and allow 400 x more tritium (40,000 Bq/liter) than legally allowed in water. Clearly this will impact agriculture and drinking water. The becquerels will actually be much higher for fluffy things, which can be compacted, because this is based on volume and not weight. A small box which is 0.1m3 (47 cm x 47 cm x 47 cm) can hold up to 400,000 Becquerels (radioactive emissions per second). It is stated, in the definition of VLLW, that “Controls on disposal of this material, after removal from the premises where the wastes arose, are not…
Sent today to the UK Consultation of Low Level Radioactive Waste Strategy.
The CONsultation on dispersal of wastes to the environment can be emailed here: NILLWStrategy@decc.gsi.gov.uk by 21st April. Send your opposition to dispersal of radioactive wastes and call for a moratorium on the dodgy concept of Decommissioning which has come to mean Dispersal.
Radiation Free Lakeland’s reply and Call for a Moratorium on the whole concept of decommissioning/dispersal is below:
RADIATION FREE LAKELAND REPLY TO THE CONSULTATION :
UK Strategy for the Management of Solid Low Level Waste from the Nuclear Industry
RADIATION FREE LAKELAND is a volunteer nuclear safety group based in Cumbria, with supporters worldwide. We oppose new nuclear build and the dispersal of existing and new radioactive wastes to the environment.
The purpose of this Consultation is
“intended to ensure that the strategy remains fit for purpose, reflecting significant changes in the nuclear industry and developments in the UK environment for the management of LLW to keep the strategy fit for purpose”.
Fit for Purpose?
If “fit for purpose” means deregulating radioactive wastes in order to disperse them to the environment and clear the decks for new build, then Yes the strategy is “fit for purpose”.
If “fit for purpose” means ensuring that radioactive wastes are contained and that the public are not exposed to ever increasing releases of radiation from polluted groundwater, air and consumer goods then No the strategy is not “fit for purpose.”
Cumbria is bearing the brunt of the nuclear industry and government ambition to clear the decks of nuclear wastes in preparation for more. Examples of deregulation include:
Radioactive Landfill: High Volume Very Low Level radioactive wastes have been deregulated to be reclassified as “exempt.” This led to Sellafield dumping 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate level in a Cumbrian landfill under the “free release” system. Lillyhall landfill was previously free of high volumes of man made nuclear wastes (previously licensed for small volumes of NORM) Sellafield was fined but the company responsible for allowing low and intermediate waste dumping has not been prosecuted as “they were not aware’. The same company, Energy Solutions is responsible for the “kitty litter” fiasco in the only operational high level nuclear waste ‘facility’ in the world – WIPP
The operators Studsvik say : “Studsvik is working to the Government’s own nuclear waste hierarchy which aims to reduce the amount of scrap material going to the repository (DRIGG) , prolonging its life expectancy”.
Novel radioactive routes have been opened. Potentially radioactive metals are being dispersed to consumer goods, from tins of beans to children’s’ toys.
Regarding the escalating dispersal of radioactive wastes to the environment the Nuclear Free Local Authorities have responded: “Low-level waste management in the UK is in crisis. The total quantity of low level radioactive waste existing, or forecast to be created, is greater than the total amount of existing disposal capacity. The construction and operation of new nuclear power stations will only make matters worse – one of the reasons why NFLA opposes new nuclear build. The existing low level waste dump near Sellafield is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste at some point over the next few hundred years. The industry is managing to hide this crisis for the time being by dispersing radioactive waste around the country. Spreading around the UK radioactive waste previously destined to be disposed of in the engineered facility near Sellafield, is liable to increase the UK population‟s collective dose and therefore increase the risk of cancer and other health problems. Despite the volumes of LLW likely to arise and the future problems of coastal erosion at the existing dump near Sellafield, the Low Level Waste Repository Ltd (LLWR Ltd) hopes to eliminate the need for a second national repository and close the existing repository in 2079 by developing new routes for different types of LLW, to enable them to be diverted from the LLWR”. http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/docs/news/NFLA_UK_LLW_response.pdf
Radiation Free Lakeland say that the UK Strategy for the Management of Solid Low Level Waste from the Nuclear Industry is not only:
NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE but is OUT OF CONROL in the same way that the banking sector was out of control in the heady days of deregulation before the crash.
Radiation Free Lakeland believe the crash is already happening with increasing evidence of a spectrum of radiation linked diseases. While the industry runs a Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases for nuclear workers, increasingly the radiation is being dispersed to the wider environment where the risk is socialised. Meanwhile private companies chase lucrative government contracts to handle dispersal to the environment. Private profit, public risk is lent greenwash by for example the Low Level Waste Conference being held at the Rheged Centre in Penrith. https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/rheged-please-dont-greenwash-increasing-nuclear-waste-dumping/#comments
MORATORIUM: DECOMMISSIONING = DISPERSAL TO ENVIRONMENT
Radiation Free Lakeland call on the UK government for a moratorium on Decommissioning. The evidence shows that decommissioning merely means the dispersal of radioactive wastes to the environment through a “dilute and disperse” agenda. This is unsustainable.
Sent on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland by Marianne Birkby