Flood…Shhh…don’t say the “N” word

When the Water Flows - Front Cover

FLOODING NUCLEAR WASTE SILENCE
No one is asking the questions… When locals ask there is a silence.
What about nuclear wastes and flooding in Cumbria?
From: marianne Birkby

Given the ongoing flooding it is of concern that we never recieved any answers to our questions asked way back 6 months ago to Cumbria’s Cabinet.
So ….we are asking again….for the umpteenth time!

From: marianne Birkby
Date: 11 December 2015 20:36:52 GMT
To: “David.Southward@cumbria.gov.uk” <David.Southward@cumbria.gov.uk>
Cc: “Stewart.Young@cumbria.gov.uk” <Stewart.Young@cumbria.gov.uk>
Subject: Lillyhall Unanswered Questions
Dear Councillor Southward,
You may remember that 6 months ago way back in June Radiation Free Lakeland delivered hundreds of letters to the Council urging the reinstatement of independent radiation monitoring. We also asked the council to find out answers to questions that the operators of Lillyhall radioactive waste dump are unwilling or unable to answer. Given the ongoing floods in West Cumbria we are concerned at how the “controlled release of radioactivity to Groundwater” described in the EU Technical report on Lillyall is achieved and monitored ?
We have had response to neither the request to reinstate independent radiation monitoring or to the questions for which we were promised an answer.
Our previously asked questions:
“Please can you tell us what the stringent monitoring of the wastes
consists of?
For example is every lorry of “exempt” “HVVLLW” coming in from Chapelcross
and other nuclear sites to Lillyhall checked?
How is it checked?
How is the “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwater” described
in the EU technical report attached achieved and monitored?”
To repeat our concerns: the same private companies contracted to dump radioactive wastes are
also operating the landfill. In effect there is no independent monitoring.
The same questions (and many more) apply at Drigg which the operators plan to aggressively expand with greater volumes and ever more dangerous radioactive wastes despite flooding issues and known radiological damage to the environment. New nuclear build would require many many more Lillyhalls, And Driggs.
We hope that you are able to provide answers to the above questions.
Yours sincerely
Marianne Birkby
—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: Radiation Monitoring in Cumbria
From: wildart@mariannebirkby.plus.com
Date: Tue, June 9, 2015 2:08 pm
To: David.Southward@cumbria.gov.uk
Cc: Stewart.Young@cumbria.gov.uk
————————————————————————–
Dear Councillor Southward.
Thank you for your attention last week. The questions asked of the
operators at Lillyhall which have not been answered were:
“Please can you tell us what the stringent monitoring of the wastes
consists of?
For example is every lorry of “exempt” “HVVLLW” coming in from Chapelcross
and other nuclear sites to Lillyhall checked?
How is it checked?
How is the “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwater” described
in the EU technical report attached achieved and monitored?”
To repeat our concerns: the same people dumping radioactive wastes are
also operating the landfill. Lillyhall got a permit from the Environment
Agency, over and above the heads of councillors to dump high volumes of
radioactive waste and in 2014 Cumbria County Council gave Lillyhall
landfill an extension to 2029. This was despite the operators FCC/Energy
Solutions admitting to being “unaware’ that Sellafield had abused the new
law in order to dump one bag of intermediate and four bags of low level
radioactive wastes instead of the newly reclassified “exempt” wastes.
Energy Solutions as well as operating the nuclear side of the landfill are
also operating Magnox sites and decommissioning.
We applaud Cumbria County Council’s opposition to geological disposal.
However the County’s support for new build and the dispersal of wastes by
novel routes is a real and present threat to the people of Cumbria. There
is an escalation of risk to the public but at the same time an abdication
of responsibility for that risk. We ask that Cumbria County Council take
responsibility and introduce independent radioactive monitoring in Cumbria
of the kind that Barrow Town Council did up to 2007 and Lancashire County
Council (RADMIL) did up until a few years ago.
We look forward to the reply from Lillyhall operators and continue to urge
you and your colleagues to set up independent monitoring of the
increasingly novel routes of radioactive wastes to the environment.
yours sincerely,
Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland

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