Dear Ms Dunning
Apologies for the longish letter ( It has been cut down!)
The Westmorland Family are well known and quite rightly highly respected
for the championing of excellent local food and produce. It was really
surprising therefore to see that Westmorland Family have aligned
themselves so closely with the current agenda of the Nuclear Industry
which is to facilitate production of ever more nuclear wastes and their
dispersal to the environment under the guise of “management.”
Rheged is to host the Low Level Waste 2015 Conference. This Conference
organised by the Nuclear Institute, the promotional arm of the industry,
sounds innocuous enough.
For example “Minimising Low Level Waste” sounds great. It sounds as
though the Low Level Waste being produced is to be decreased. The reality
however is that the industry is escalating the dispersal of waste from
existing nuclear sites and has colluded with government to reclassify
wastes as “exempt” meaning that they can be dumped in Cumbrian landfill.
Energy Solutions from Utah are subcontracted by Fomento de Contrucciones y
Contratas (FCC) to look after the nuclear aspect of Lillyhall Landfill.
Having engineered the novel dumping of “exempt” waste, in 2010 Energy
Solutions and FCC allowed Sellafield to dump 3 bags of low level and one
bag of intermediate waste into Lillyhall. The cause was a faulty gieger
counter at Sellafield which was discovered by accident.
There are no checks once the “exempt” waste reaches Lillyhall. Not one
company operating Lillyhall landfill has been prosecuted for allowing
Sellafield to illegally dump 3 bags of low level and one bag of
intermediate waste into the Cumbrian landfill. Lillyhall is a landfill
which was, previous to the 2008 “exempt” law, free of man made nuclear
Sellafield WAS fined over £700,000 for illegally flytipping into Lillyhall
but of course that money came from the public purse.
Following over 100 letters of concern from his constituents, Tony
Cunningham MP for Workington wrote to Secretary of State, Ed Davey asking
why the operators of Lillyhall had not been prosecuted while Sellafield
has. The reply from Ed Davey (attached) is alarming:
“It is important to note that the Environment Agency did not take
enforcement action against Waste Recycling Group (WRG) Limited (operators
of the landfill at the time.) This was because WRG Limited did not
knowingly breach its environmental permit”.
In that case every Tom, Dick and Harry could say they never knowingly
breached permits. And in this case Energy Solutions are supposed to be the
last line of defence preventing illegal nuclear flytipping.
Also concerning is that the Secretary of State, Ed Davey’s facts are plain
wrong – he tells Tony Cunningham MP that Waste Recyling Group were
operators of the landfill at the time (of the illegal nuclear flytipping).
FCC took over Waste Recycling Group in 2006, the illegal nuclear
flytipping took place in 2010.
The government’s pro nuclear agenda needs these nuclear privateers
attending the Rheged Low Level Waste Conference to continue to carry out
“decommissioning.” Or in other words to disperse radioactive waste to the
environment, clearing the decks for the production of ever more waste.
Lillyhall, previously nuclear free, is now classed as a radioactive waste
dump with emissions to land, groundwater and air. The already dangerous
practice of dumping in landfill is made even more dangerous by Energy
Solutions having allowed Sellafield to dump higher activity waste. The
non-prosecution of Energy Solutions and their contractors FCC sends out
the message that companies involved in nuclear waste are like mafia,
untouchable. This message is endorsed by the Westmorland Family and
others who should be making a stand against the fast escalating
nuclearisation of Cumbria. The landfill operators Energy Solutions and
FCC have got off not only scot free but with a license to dump a further 1
million cubic metres or more of radioactive rubble into the landfill’s
Please hand the money back and refuse the use of Rheged as a venue for
this contrick of a shindig and conference. As long as the industry
insists on novel ways of dumping waste into the environment instead of
containing it on existing sites, the Low Level Waste Conference is a means
to poison us all.
55 Years ago the then President of America, John F Kennedy said:
“Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically
– is poison… there is no amount of radiation so small that it has no ill
effects at all on anybody. There is, actually no such thing as a minimum
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland