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
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.
*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
*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