Guest Blog: Aesop’s Atomic Fable by June Birch

Sucking the sea life

Aesop’s Atomic Fable by June Birch

Many of us will have grown up knowing about Aesop’s Fables, but until the other day, I didn’t realise that he was born around 620 BC, was enslaved, but his second owner freed him because of his learning and wit.. As a freed slave in the ancient Greek republics, he was allowed to take an active interest in public affairs. Aesop travelled and became famous for his stories, which ended with a brief, useful, conclusion.

Anyway, here’s a modern fable:

One cold winter’s day, two fish decided to swim out to the warmer water in the deep ocean. “Let’s go to the deep edge,” said one “and swim over the cliff.”

“Are you sure it’s safe?” asked the other.

“Well, there’s always the fishing,” said the first fish. “Let’s ask the crab.”

The crab often stayed in a rock pool when the sea went out and he overheard things the human beings said.

“Avoid the nets and the electric pulse trawl fishing,” he said. “That’s nasty.”

“Is that all?”

“It’s bad enough!” said the crab. “Place looks like a battleground when they’ve been around.”

“Are you sure that’s all?” asked the nervous fish.

“Well, I’ve heard some of the people on the beach talking; there are ‘Coastal Champions’, ‘Sea Champions’, ‘Wave Makers’… Mark you, as far as I can see, they mostly want to protect us so that there are enough of us left for them to eat.” He raised his claw in a symbol of disgust. “…But that’s all I’ve heard them mention.”

They thanked the crab and swam happily out to sea. When they were nearly at the deep edge, they felt a strong pull, like the tide, but stronger. To begin with, they just went with it, then they found that they couldn’t swim strongly enough to leave the current. Around them hundreds of other fish were in the same situation.

“I wonder if this is going to be something wonderful!” said one of the fish to the other. The fish swam more and more closely together as they were pulled into the one way cooling system of a nuclear power plant. They were so densely packed together that when they smashed into the grid preventing entry from all but the smallest fish, eggs and marine animals, they hardly knew what was happening to them. They had become mortality statistics.

Just because no one tells you about a danger, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.

Statistics:

According to the Sierra Club,

“A single power plant can obliterate billions of fish eggs and larvae and millions of adult fish in a single year,” This comes from a very readable, long document “Giant Fishblenders: How power plants kill fish and damage our waterways (and what can be done to stop them).”

There is also a very short, thought-provoking piece written in 2008 about work done by Dr.Peter Henderson. He mentions Dungeness Nuclear Power Station in the U.K. where outfall pipes have become clogged with dead fish. “We are talking as many as 250 million fish in as little as five hours,” Dr.Henderson said. This is the link and there are more details below the blog.

What happens? Many of the fish and animals sucked in, which are too big to go through the filter screens, are smashed and mutilated when they come up against the screens. It’s known as impingement. Fish, other little animals, larvae, and millions of eggs, which are small enough to go through the 1cm mesh screens, go through the cooling pipes and according to Dr. Henderson, many die after being heated to 30 C, chlorinated and given small doses of radiation. This process of going through the cooling pipes is called entrainment.

“In the Southern Region of the North Sea the calculated mortality of eggs and young for sole was so high that it had been equal to 46% of commercial fishing. Herring mortality off parts of the East Coast of the U.K. was 50% of commercial landings.”

If you ever wondered what it’s like to be entrained, there is a description in another excellent document, “Licensed to Kill” by NIRS.. “How the nuclear power industry destroys endangered marine wildlife and ocean habitat to save money.” A diver called Bill Lamm suffered nightmarish, life threatening entrainment in the St. Lucie nuclear power plant in Florida in 1989 (See page 34).

Cooling towers in recirculating cooling systems, instead of once through cooling systems, would be a massive help to a lot of fish, but the towers still need a fresh supply of water, just much less. Where do the enormous amounts of heat produced by the nuclear plant go….and the emissions?

For every three units of thermal energy generated by the reactor core, about one unit of electrical energy goes to the grid and two units of waste heat go out to the environment. In the sea, this can cause temperature changes of over 40 degrees Fahrenheit above ambient summer temperatures.

There is invaluable information about the expected radioactive liquid wastes from proposed nuclear power plants in the UK in a straight forward but detailed document by Tim Deere-Jones in Marinet. He gives some surprising facts about the numbers of different radioactive nuclides and how much radioactivity would be allowed.

What happens when the radiation gets into the sea? For the fish around Fukushima there is massive non-stop nuclear contamination. They may have been classified unsafe to eat, but I don’t suppose the fish measured with high radiation levels outside the port felt that good either. About 400 tons of radioactive water pour into the Pacific every day. On the other side of the ocean, in California, starving baby sea lions have been rescued by the hundred; for some, it was too late… Perhaps there weren’t enough fish for them to eat.

Many years ago, the scientist, Dr.Sternglass, wrote a paper correlating the very large decreases in fish populations after low- altitude nuclear tests and then their gradual recovery “strongly suggesting that the eggs of fish and the developing young are far more sensitive to internal radiation from low-level fallout than had been anticipated, very much as in the case of the human embryo and fetus.”

Although the fall-out from the nuclear tests was huge, whereas the fish numbers gradually went back to pre-test levels, there is no let-up in the radiation being poured into the Pacific today, and I wonder sincerely if this is the cause of the absence of so many fish.

It amazes me that we can read his paper, today, on the internet. If you are interested, this is a link: http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/Fallout-Fish-Sternglass8oct71.htm

If this seems too far away to be a problem, in Europe the nuclear power industry is allowed to discharge nuclear waste into the sea, by building kilometres of underwater pipes through which radioactive effluent now flows freely, something which would be banned if this same waste was in containers!

This is a written account of a clip from a film by SWR, the German public television broadcaster showing the pipe from Sellafield, only visible from the air. http://enenews.com/tv-plutonium-being-pumped-ocean-miles-underwater-pipes-nuclear-waste-left-lying-beach-kids-playing-sand-machines-scoop-plutonium-day-video-photos

To take a couple of quotes “In recent decades the operator at Sellafield has tossed more than 500 kg of plutonium into the sea” and at 42:00 in – “We take a soil sample… The result turns out to be alarming. The amount of plutonium is up to 10 times higher than the permissible limit.”

If you want to watch the whole film, scroll down to the bottom of the article and click the link. You may have to pull back the cursor to see the beginning, which coincides with an advertisement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMoaK_2DlLQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=1497

It isn’t just the fish, is it?

I leave the final word to Marianne,

“Unlike Aesop we can never be unslaved. We can never be free of the nuclear chains because it is essential to life that nuclear waste be kept separate from the biosphere into eternity. The question now is whether those eternally enslaving chains will be heaped higher with new nuclear development.”  

Sources:

Are coastal power stations affecting Northern European inshore fish populations?
by P.A. Henderson   http://consult.pisces-conservation.com/2-paper001.html

Liquid Radioactive Waste Discharges from the UK’s Proposed new Reactors by Tim Deere-Jones http://www.marinet.org.uk/campaign-article/release-of-radiation-via-cooling-water-in-new-designs-of-nuclear-power-stations

DANGEROUS GAMES: Nuclear Fantasies …local press play along with nuclear developers

NuGen CONsultation in Kendal

Stop Moorside - Kendal
Stop Moorside – Kendal
Don't Let Hitachi/Toshiba walk away from Fukushima to Cumbria #StopMoorside in Kendal
Don’t Let Hitachi/Toshiba walk away from Fukushima to Cumbria #StopMoorside in Kendal

The Cumberland News reported yesterday in sycophantic mode on the “Fantastic” Feedback over Moorside Nuclear Power Station Plans.  The article looks like it was pulled straight from NuGen PR Man (formerly Copeland Borough Council’s Lead Planning Officer) Fergus McMorrow’s press release and goes on to say:

Fergus McMorrow, NuGen’s planning lead in Cumbria, said: “We have had a fantastic response. The numbers of people through the doors, and those logging-on to use the online portal, has surpassed all our expectations.

“It’s not just the sheer number of visitors that’s impressed us, but their level of interest and engagement. For example, we’ve had lots of people come back to see us on several occasions to find out more or to give us greater in-depth feedback”.

No mention of the protests outside Whitehaven, Kendal, Carlisle and Penrith, protests which included music, leafletting, hundreds of people pledging to boycott Toshiba (Toshiba are 60% NuGen) and 8000 people signing the ongoing Stop Moorside petition.

No mention of the experience of Irene Sanderson from North Cumbria CND who has written to the press with a “request that you make the public aware that this was not a public open-to-all consultation as required for this type of development.

“I attended the consultation at Penrith Methodist Churhch on 8 July. In the lobby on a table to one side I laid out three small piles of A5 literature with information from CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) on radiation and nuclear power and from Radiation Free Lakeland stating the protest to the Moorside development, all valuable background information relevant to the consultation. I sat by the table out of the way in peace reading. Not many people attended that morning and all four rushed past me.

“Fergus McMorrow took it upon himself to challenge my presence. Eventually he had me ejected into the street from the Methodist church on the grounds that Nugen had hired the hall and my presence was creating an unfavourable impression about their project. The management informed me that Nugen had hired the hall and it was private property and indeed Nugen could dictate who entered the building. That is to say this was a private event and in no way an open-to-all public consultation”. 

Irene concludes with : “Nugen states that 1,700 people viewed its plans during the 10-week consultation. The population of Cumbria is just under 500,000 so only 0.34% of the population attended. This could indeed indicate a determined effort to keep their plans private”.

Heysham’s dodgy old reactor shut down again in “unplanned outage”

Fairfield …View of Heysham Saturday 25th July 2015
Fairfield …View of Heysham Saturday 25th July 2015

Today…

A nuclear reactor has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has confirmed. The 660-megawatt reactor at the Heysham 2 site, near Morecambe, Lancashire, was taken offline at 13:48 BST because of “operational requirements”, EDF Energy told the BBC.
The reactor will be offline for the next seven days, the company added.
The cause of the unplanned outage has not yet been established and an investigation is under way”.

Heysham is already into borrowed time…

Previously…on Radiation Free Lakeland

Heysham’s Old Boiler – “Nothing to Worry About” say BBC
Posted on August 11, 2014
Tonights BBC Northwest news treated us to some brilliant propaganda in the form of Malcolm Grimston saying “there is nothing to worry about.” Malcolm Grimston is the guru who is an expert on the “public perception of nuclear.” He is wheeled out by the BBC when the nuclear industry has a bad bit of news to impart and wants a safe pair of hands.

The contrast between BBC Northwest’s often critical stance on fracking and its entirely toadying approach to nuclear is becoming difficult to ignore.

Local architect Mo Kelly has been doing the job that our supposed investigative journalists should be doing. The following is correspondence sent to the Garstang Courier:

Please find my letter dated 2 July 2014 sent to Fiona Finch at Garstang Courier, which to my knowledge was not published at the time. My letter gives more detail around what EDF are now acknowledging is not an “anomaly” but more specifically – a “fault ” in a boiler (a “crack in a boiler” according to ITV lunchtime news)

Please note Ian Stewart Station Director of Heysham 1’s reply to me at the Local Community Liaison Council meeting of 23 May 2014.

I asked the question ” Would Heysham 1 have to be decommissioned if the anomaly cannot be resolved ie. if the fault cannot be rectified?” and Ian’s answer to me was “Yes”

Please also note that EDF are leaning on the Office for Nuclear Regulation to actually change the safety limits on the performance of the graphite brick within the reactor core. These graphite bricks, like the now failing boilers, are another safety feature built into these now ageing AGR reactors to ensure their safe operation (see attached email)

As a concerned local resident and reader of your newspaper, I have to question recent headlines in both Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor “Nuclear is here to stay” and “Looking to a long nuclear future”. There are over 180,000 of us living within a 10 mile radius of the four elderly AGR reactors at Heysham 1 and 2.

I am writing to demand that EDF places public safety as paramount above any desire to continue the operation of failing, unsafe and inefficient out of date AGR nuclear reactors.

Nuclear Tosh(iba) Reigns Supreme While Cumbria is Stitched Up

The Sellafield site on the right and just some of the land
The Sellafield site on the right and just some of the land “acquired” with public money for the proposed new nuclear build known as Moorside/Moorcide
pic from NDA S116310.jpg S69106BB.jpg

Nuclear Tosh(iba) Reigns Supreme While Cumbria is Stitched Up By Those Who Should Be Protecting People and this Magical Corner of the Planet

As the first consultation for Moorside drew to a close on the 25th July
the company behind NuGen, Toshiba was caught cooking the books while Cumbria County Council waxed lyrical about “nuclear aspirations”.

Give us a break, Cumbria’s ONLY nuclear aspiration should be to ensure protection from the already intolerable and (even without Moorside) accelerating nuclear burden of ‘decommissioning’ and reprocessing.

The Japan Times reported on July 19th that the panel set up to investigate the
multinational company’s dodgy accounting found “Toshiba cooked its books
partly because of clouded prospects for its nuclear power business after
the March 2011 disasters sparked a triple meltdown crisis at Tokyo and
Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant” which Toshiba had large
responsibility for. This is the company the UK government is wooing to
build triple untried reactors next to the worlds most dangerous stockpile
of plutonium.

At the Moorside consultation events, people attending were told by NuGen staff
that that “nothing will stop the development” but that people can “help
shape the plans.” Really? The only shape we want is an unequivocal NO.
Maybe in the end the only way of achieving an unequivocal No will be by
mass direct action for a start.. putting Stop Moorside banners on fellsides and posters in windows.  Already nearly 8000 people have signed the Stop Moorside
petition despite it receiving so little publicity by the media. Hundreds
of people are already pledging a boycott of Toshiba products as a direct
result of Toshiba’s involvement in the Moorside Project.

Radiation Free Lakeland supporters have said

*I will be Boycotting Toshiba products as a direct result of your
aggressive push for new untried untested reactors near to the world’s most
dangerous radioactive wastes at Sellafield.

*Any consultation that is predetermined is not a consultation but a pretense

*In 2007 the High Court found that the government’s plans to build a new
generation of nuclear power stations was “unlawful”

*New international studies provide “strong evidence” that nuclear power is
a cause of leukemia and other radiation linked diseases

*The cooling for Moorside would result in a. churning up the already
radioactively contaminated sediments of the Irish Sea bed b. heating the
Irish Sea and c. cooling towers sending vapour plumes from the Irish Sea
over Lakeland.

*The AP1000 “passive containment cooling” in case of an accident involves
millions of gallons of water sitting on top of the three reactors. Apart
from other concerns this makes for three dangerously top heavy
installations in the vicinity of the worlds most dangerous wastes. The
AP1000 reactor design has been criticised as unsafe by former nuclear
regulator Arnie Gundersen and others.

*The Copeland Local Plan 2001 -2016 says that there should be: NO NEW
HAZARDOUS DEVELOPMENT or POPULATION INCREASE NEAR SELLAFIELD

Despite the psychological marketing ploy of a fait accompli by government, Cumbria County Council and industry this is not a done deal. The Stop Moorside campaign is growing and it is absolutely necessary that it succeeds to ensure the health and future of a Cumbria already living under the diabolic shadow of Sellafield.

note: just shared this post on the I Love the Lake District Facebook page – a lovely page with wonderful views of the Lakes… vociferous defenders of the nuclear industry ensured the post was removed after 5 minutes.  This is what we are up against it is like a nuclear mafia.     I Love the Lake District….But Not That Much?!  No doubt if Wainwright lived today and had posted on I Love the Lakes about Calder Halls (Sellafields) grotesque atomic towers he would be shot down in the furious wrath of the nuclear defenders.

‘The most arresting sight is the grotesque collection of towers and minarets of the Calder Hall Atomic Power Station strangely tormenting the land horizon southwest; it is seen along the valley of the Calder, with the sea beyond, in a frame of serene fells. The contrast is striking: a modern toy and the timeless hills!’ AW

Reclassifying Nuclear Waste to Dump on States; Bury – US NRC Comment Deadline Friday 24 July, 11.59 pm NYC-DC (ET)

Reclassify, dilute, disperse and pass the responsibility on to local councils landfill services and to the public unaware they are buying products that may be made from “recycled” radioactive scrap metal. This is happening here in the UK as well as America. This blog post is a Good analysis of what is happening in America, which mirrors here in the UK . For some years we tried to get The Environment Agency and Lillyhall landfill to admit that they were recieving radioactive wastes….they repeatedly denied this saying there was NO radioactive waste entering the landfill.. Hiding behind the new classification of “exempt” The truth of course is that the pathway to landfill was opened and even higher activity waste was dumped “accidently”

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USNRC Comment: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal
ID: NRC-2011-0012-0077 Due Jul 24 2015, at 11:59 PM ET
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2011-0012-0077 Info on the final rule: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/pdf/2015-06429.pdf Docket ID: NRC-2011-0012 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 10 CFR 60 and 61

They claim to have not anticipated enriching so much uranium in the US, when the earlier rules were written. This appears strange, because that’s when many nuclear reactors were just recently built, and some still under construction, though it was a few years after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Perhaps they didn’t plan on enriching uranium to be exported to other countries, as appears currently the case?

But, there seems to be more to it than that. The real issue here appears to be the diluting of nuclear waste with fillers of various sorts (or mixing more and less radioactive waste together), so that it can be declared sufficiently low level waste for responsibility…

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HAVE YOUR SAY #Boycott Toshiba and #Stop Moorside

#StopMoorside Giant Postcard
#StopMoorside Giant Postcard
#StopMoorside
#StopMoorside
Hundreds are Already Boycotting Toshiba because of Moorside!
Join the Hundreds Already Boycotting Toshiba because of Moorside

*URGENT TAKE ACTION* : Moorside’s first sham consultation ends on the 25th July. The developers, NuGen are inviting people to contact them and “Have Your Say” on this first of a series of CONsultations.

People attending the consultation events are being told by NuGen (60% Toshiba and 40% GDF Suez now Engie) that “nothing will stop the development”   but that people can “help shape the plans.”  

The only shape we want is…

NO   NO  NO

The CONsultation says    “Have Your Say”  (!!!)

Send snail mail to NuGen at:  Freepost, Moorside, Have Your Say

Email: haveyoursay@nugeneration.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@NuGenltd

Tel: 0800 157 7352

 

Write in your own words – here are some ideas and more info below

Dear NuGen

*I will be Boycotting Toshiba products as a direct result of your aggressive push for new untried untested reactors near to the worlds most dangerous radioactive wastes at Sellafield.

 

*Any consultation that is predetermined is not a consultation but a pretence

 

*In 2007 the High Court found that the government’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations was “unlawful”

 

*New international studies provide “strong evidence” that nuclear power is a cause of leukaemia and other radiation linked diseases

 

*The cooling for Moorside would result in a.churning up the already radioactively contaminated sediments of the Irish Sea bed   b. heating the Irish Sea and c. cooling towers sending vapour plumes from the Irish Sea over Lakeland.

 

*The AP1000 “passive containment cooling” in case of an accident involves millions of gallons of water sitting on top of the three reactors. Apart from other concerns this makes for three dangerously top heavy installations in the vicinity of the worlds most dangerous wastes. The AP1000 reactor design has been criticised as unsafe by former nuclear regulator Arnie Gundersen and others.

 

*The Copeland Local Plan 2001 -2016 says that there should be: NO NEW HAZARDOUS DEVELOPMENT or POPULATION INCREASE NEAR SELLAFIELD

 

References:

 

NUGEN CONsultation   http://www.nugenconsultation.com/contact-us/

 

Government loses nuclear power case

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/feb/15/nuclear.greenpolitics1

 

Radiogenic Risks Strong Evidence

http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/update-new-powerful-study-shows-radiogenic-risks-of-leukemia-in-workers-more-than-double-the-previous-estimate/

 

We Need to Talk About Moorside – with Arnie Gundersen

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/exciting-news-arnie-gundersen-in-keswick-talk-on-11th-march/

 

Useful Info:

Moorside Report by Radiation Free Lakeland 19.9.14

Greenmoorside stretches from Sellafield towards Calder Bridge, Braystones and Beckermet and to the Irish Sea. The river Ehen, designated as a Special Area of Conservation runs alongside the boundary. The consortium wanting to build the reactors is called NUGEN. NUGEN is 60% owned by Toshiba (merged with Hitachi) who designed, built and serviced the reactors, which directly contributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster n…

https://mariannewildart.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/moorside-rafl-report-19-9-141.pdf

 

 

Moorside Land Grab Report by Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

Land Grab by NuGen, with compulsory purchase on the cards, as the “biggest construction project in Europe” more than doubles in size – from 200 to 552 hectares of farmland adjacent to Sellafield…..The permanent works – outside the ‘boundary for reactors’ – will include an electricity sub- station, spent reactor fuel and nuclear waste stores and a visitor centre. This sprawl of temporary and permanent facilities outside the rectors’ boundary are likely to ruffle more than a few local feathers, particularly among property and land owners within the Additional Scoping Land who face the prospect of having their assets compulsory purchased.

http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/recent-additions/land-grab-by-nugen/

 

Moorside Consultation -Nuclear Free Local Authorities

It is doubtful whether a site such as Sellafield with questionable geology and remote from where electricity is needed would have been selected without the lobbying undertaken by the industry and trade unions based at Sellafield. Moorside’s geology, has been described by Amec as: ‘difficult to construct a nuclear power station … the depth to reach bed rock is so great that construction is unreasonable – it is not the most favourable site and currently has significant commercial disadvantages’.

http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/docs/nuclearmonitor/NFLA_New_Nuclear_Monitor_No38.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expanding Nuclear Military Fences – How Much of Cumbria Will Be Sacrificed?

from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment
from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment have written a new report:

“Land Grab by NuGen, with compulsory purchase on the cards, sees the “biggest construction project in Europe” more than double in size – from 200 to 552 hectares of farmland adjacent to Sellafield. Consultation documents published by NuGen on its new-build plans suggest a belated realisation by the developer that, given the topography, geology and other constraints of the Moorside site, three first of a kind AP1000 reactors, plus all the associated paraphernalia needed to construct, operate and service them, were never going to be squeezed into the land originally purchased from the NDA in 2009. It was from within this original land parcel of 200 hectares that NuGen subsequently projected that ‘the most suitable 100 ha would be selected for the nuclear power station’. Today, however, NuGen says that ‘the generating elements of the power station would cover some 200 hectares’ (EIA Scoping Report Vol 1 page 22, para 2.2.1) – the whole of the originally purchased land area and not just 100 hectares within it. The knock-on effect of this doubling of the reactor area from 100 to 200 hectares is the dramatic expansion of the overall West Cumbrian land area now required for investigation – from 200 to 552 hectares (EIA Scoping Report Vol 1, page 22, Para 2.2.1). The figures below show the extent of the Moorside mission creep from 200 to 552ha. The underestimate of the extent of land required for Moorside is echoed by a similar underestimate of the four year build time claimed for each of its projected AP1000 reactors – a timeline that NuGen knows to be wholly at odds with the current Westinghouse experience overseas. The VC Summer twin reactors for example, also scheduled to be built in four years, are currently in their 6th and 7th year of construction respectively and still nowhere near completion – let alone the production of electricity.”

CORE has “warned West Cumbria to wake up to NuGen’s implausible plans and timescales, to wise up to the misleading claims of Westinghouse and to reject the inevitable debacle of Moorside in favour of Cumbria’s clean, green and sustainable renewables potential”.

We agree – although we are unsure whether the land has been purchased or “there is an option” to purchase,  either way the NDA have absolutely NO RIGHT to sell this land, bought with public money, to the developers responsible for Fukushima.

We do not recognise any sale of this land to NuGen (Toshiba and Engie/GDF Suez) as either legitimate or ethical.

NuGen originally suggested there would be no cooling towers (other AP1000 being constructed have towers up to 209 metres) , now say there would be both cooling towers and a huge heat exchanger installation at sea churning up the radioactive sediments which already return to Cumbria’s beaches with every tide.

The Stop Moorside petition now stands at 7,926 signatures – please sign, share and resist this diabolic proposal.  If you are a member of groups who should be shouting about this – urge them to SHOUT OUT.  Put banners on hillsides, posters in windows, Boycott Toshiba  …

Come On and  #Stop Moorside!

A dodgy video but it shows the area planned to be directly sacrificed

Trains Spotters Encouraged to “Celebrate 20 years” of Nuclear Transport

Nuclear Trains
Nuclear Trains
“Celebrate 20 years”

Yesterday was surreal.  Thousands of train enthusiasts descended on the back road train depot of Kingmoor in Carlisle encouraged by Direct Rail Services  to “celebrate 20 years” in a Charity Open Day.  The £5 entrance fee going to ‘charity’ i.e. cash strapped local hospitals and good causes that in ‘austerity’ free days would be funded by government.

Now the Nuclear industry can show off its largesse while the public pay for the privilege of shunting nuclear wastes around our towns and villages.

The demographic attending the Open Day was largely eager older men with their notebooks and cameras at the ready to photograph the engines.  The train enthusiasts were interspersed with families with excited young children running down to meet the DRS teddy bear and the nuclear freight engines.

Direct Rail Services is wholly owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and was set up specifically to haul radioactive wastes to Sellafield for reprocessing.  Reprocessing increases the volume of wastes x 180, much of it spewing out to the Irish Sea every day.  DRS has teamed up with Stobarts and Tesco and now hauls other freight as well as nuclear waste, but make no mistake nuclear waste is the sole reason why this state owned railway is in operation.   Campaigners welcome state owned railways carrying both freight and passengers but it is way past time to stop the transport of highly radioactive nuclear materials through our cities towns and villages.

Incredibly this was the very first time that the DRS depot at Carlisle has been targeted by campaigners…way beyond time!    The DRS security guy kindly told campaigners that they could use the  facilities, but only one at a time and only escorted by security …..and then bizarrely the portaloos were checked after us!  If only they kept such a close eye on the nuclear waste which once it arrives at Sellafield is dumped into the air, sea, landfill, even pots and pans.  Many people we spoke to during the day were unaware that DRS haul nuclear waste.

We were also told that we couldn’t take a gieger counter anywhere inside the depot as “it isn’t that kind of day”  ……

Many thanks to Campaigners who joined us from members of the public and representatives from: Radiation Free Lakeland, Close Capenhurst Campaign, Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND and Kendal Green Party.

We ran out of leaflets so here it is for those who didn’t get one on the day….

Welcome to DRS Open Day! 2015
Welcome to DRS Open Day! 2015

UK Nuclear Power Faces Opposition on All Sides: Local & in the EU

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Great Speech by Nikki Clark of Southwest Against Nuclear. (Only 6 minutes long. link http://youtu.be/Cw3N1laEDDI)

From Greenpeace:
UK’s proposed Hinkley C nuclear power plant faces resistance on all sides Blogpost by Justin McKeating – 16 July, 2015 at 14:00

The plans for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley in the UK are too expensive, too late, won’t help cut greenhouse gas emissions, violate EU competition law, and will distort Europe’s energy markets.

On 6 July 2015, Greenpeace Energy, together with German and Austrian energy utilities, filed a legal challenge in the European Courts against the EU Commission’s decision to rubberstamp billions of euros in state subsidies for new nuclear reactors at the Hinkley nuclear power plant in the UK.

The filing argues these massively subsidised reactors will influence energy prices in Europe and grossly distort competition.

In a similar filing, the Austrian government submitted a complaint to the European Court…

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“Celebrating 20 years” of transporting nuclear waste to Sellafield….Really?!

DRS OPEN DAY
DRS OPEN DAY
March 12th 2015 1pm - train going to Sellafield fully  loaded with 6 flasks, that morning a gas explosion took place in Seascale in a house just feet away from the tracks.
March 12th 2015 1pm – train going to Sellafield fully loaded with 6 flasks, that morning a gas explosion took place in Seascale in a house just feet away from the tracks.
Nuclear train going away from Sellafield a few minutes after 1pm on 12th March - the emergency services are there for a gas explosion in a house just feet away from the tracks
Nuclear train going away from Sellafield a few minutes after 1pm on 12th March – the emergency services are there for a gas explosion in a house just feet away from the tracks

LEAFLETTING AND DEMO 18th July 11am -2 pm

Outside the Direct Rail Services Depot Kingmoor Depot Etterby Road, Carlisle , Cumbria CA3 9NZ

The fluffy image of the cute bear above  is how Direct Rail Services like to portray themselves.

This is far from the truth.

The two photographs above were taken by Radiation Free Lakeland within a few minutes of each other.  One shows a fully loaded nuclear waste train going to Sellafield and just a couple of minutes later a train with empty flasks going the other way.   This was on the morning of a terrible gas explosion in Seascale in a house just feet away from the railway tracks.  We happened to be there following a visit with former US nuclear regulator Arnie Gundersen to the proposed Moorside site.

This coming Saturday Direct Rail Services will be “celebrating 20 years” of transporting nuclear waste to Sellafield.

Radiation Free Lakeland are teaming up with Close Capenhurst Campaign to leaflet and demonstrate against the continued practice of hauling radioactive wastes through our towns and villages.  DRS say “This years event will also mark our 20th Anniversary! Bring the family along for a fun day out as we invite you to have a look behind the scenes”.

Campaigners will also highlight the proposed transport of uranium fuel to Moorside from Preston’s Springfield plant by train. The developers of Moorside, NuGen,  have confirmed to Radiation Free Lakeland that the uranium will likely come from the Kazakhstan dictatorship where Toshiba (NuGen) has a 22% stake in the state run uranium mines,Kazatomprom.  Amnesty International is working to stop human rights abuses such as torture in the dictatorship of Kazakhstan.

The whole nuclear chain is an abuse of human rights.
Come join us to leaflet the Direct Rail Services Open Day.

Here is where we will be.

The DRS Kingmoor Depot Etterby Road, Carlisle , Cumbria CA3
9NZ

Come join us on the day from 11am to 2pm ish

DRS Open Day
http://directrailservices.com/events/2015/05/27/drs-open-day-2015/

Directions:

By Car – From the M6, leave at junction 44 and follow the A689 westbound. Continue along through the industrial area, passing over three islands in the process. At the fourth, take the first exit into Kingmoor Road, signposted for Etterby. Continue along for roughly 1 mile, turning immediately right into Etterby Road, this situated immediately after passing the Redfern Inn on your right. From here, turn 4th right just before the railway bridge into Balmoral Court.

By Rail – With the depot roughly 2.5 miles away from the station, a steady walk will take you at least 45mins. However, a bus route will take you within a few minutes of the depot entrance. By exiting the station, cross the road and turn left at the lights into English Street. From here, you’ll need to catch the 76 bus from stand C and ask for the Redfern Inn. Upon alighting, turn into Etterby Road and proceed as per in the driving directions. For times, details etc of the bus route, please follow the link below…

http://www.transportdirect.info/W…JourneyDetails.aspx?cacheparam=15