Surely the land around Sellafield, acquired by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was bought out of the public purse as a buffer zone around Sellafield ?
This was to ensure that there would be
*NO NEW HAZARDOUS DEVELOPMENT or
POPULATION INCREASE NEAR SELLAFIELD “
This was enshrined in the Copeland 2001-16 Local plan. Protections are now being ditched like radioactively hot potatoes to accommodate the nuclear industry and our nuclear obsessed government who plan to double the terrorist target of Sellafield with ‘Moorside’s nuclear sprawl on green fields adjacent to the flood plain of the river Ehen.
The only protections now are for the nuclear industry at the
expense of Cumbria and the wider environment. What other industry would
be allowed to operate with a barely nominal public liability in the event of
contamination accident? In the event of an accident or contamination event the public picks up the tab. Our recent Stop Moorside demo at the Bird Cage in Kendal for just one day had to provide public liability up to £5million. In contrast the nuclear industry has to provide just £140m altogether, that is not going to go very far in recompense!
There is of course no recompense for lives shortened, livelihoods lost and homelands irreversibly contaminated. This is the inconvenient truth, the industry know this, the government know this . Yet the land, Our
Land is about to be handed over in a wave of sickening triumphalism to the very same companies responsible for Fukushima.
The Land is Ours and by George Monbiot, it should not be further contaminated with the most toxic and deadly radioactive substances ever made on planet earth.
*6.10 HAZARDOUS INSTALLATIONS “Planning Controls for Hazardous Substances”. Consultation
zones have been established within which it would be undesirable for there
to be any significant population increase, and clearly the nearer the site
is to the installation the greater the risk. Consultations are carried out
with the Health and Safety Executive including, where appropriate, the
Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. The relevant premises are:-
Sellafield: nuclear reactors and fuel reprocessing (2 mile zone) Huntsman,
Whitehaven: chemical works (1 kilometre zone).”