Energy Minister and delegates challenged at Nuclear New Build Conference in London



Protesters picketed the entrance of the nuclear new build forum at Whitehall in London this morning. An Andrea Leadsom Look-a-like protestor. accosted delegates rebuking them for their £1,000+ attendance at the forum. Other protestors, dressed in day-glow yellow barrels, reminded delegates and passers by of the intractable problem of nuclear waste.

The Minister was challenged on her arrival and deaparture, and was rushed by aides to her car in order that she could avoid hearing the strong feelings of ordinary working people

Shana Deal said “It’ds shicking that a givernment minister is schmoozing with business-people that want profit from the nuclear-new-build programme, whereas it’s the taxpayers who will have to pick up the tab for dealing with the nuclear waste. This is all the more unacceptable at a time of savage cuts when the government claims that there is not enough money for essential services such as the NHS which…

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Japanese Government Learned Nothing From Fukushima

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410 consecutive earthquakes since 14 April, including 162 of more than 3.5 magnitute, but the Japanese government keeps two reactors at the Sendai plant in operation ….
They have learned nothing from Fukushima.


Landslides sever National Route No. 57 in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, on April 16. Aso-ohashi bridge also collapsed.

410 quakes felt in Kyushu, 162 with magnitudes of at least 3.5

The number of earthquakes that could be felt by people reached 410 by 10 a.m. on April 17 following the start of seismic activity in Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Quakes with magnitudes of 3.5 or larger accounted for 162 of the total by 8:30 a.m. on April 17, the largest among inland and coastal earthquakes since 1995. The previous high was set after the Chuetsu Earthquake in Niigata Prefecture in 2004.

“After the magnitude-7.3 earthquake that struck at 1:25 a.m. on April…

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Japan: Amidst Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruption, Chimp At Large Points to Another Risk to Nuclear Power Stations

Our thoughts are with Japan. As this excellent article points out the Achilles heel of the nuclear industry is loss of auxiliary power leading to loss of cooling. . Moorside propose to have three back up diesel plants on site should there be a stoppage to mains electricity . Sellafield already has a gas plant on site. Nuclear accidents require profligate use of fossil fuel from The ice wall of Fukushima, to the concrete sarcophagus of Chernobyl, to plans for massive underground dumps. There is not enough fossil fuel in the world to shore up existing nuclear plants and the resulting waste. Enough already…Shut them down.

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Over the last few days, Japan has had major earthquakes followed by a nearby volcanic eruption, pointing again to the fact that it is a particularly bad location for nuclear power stations. It also resulted in loss of power, a major achilles heel of nuclear power. Elsewhere in Japan, a chimpanzee got loose, and this also resulted in loss of power. Besides zoo chimps, Japan has its own wild monkeys.
Mori Sosen, 1747-1821, Monkeys in Plum Tree
Mori Sosen, 1747-1821, Monkeys in Plum Tree

14 to 15 April 2016 Japan earthquake swarm
Yellow pins are volcanos; orange spots are recent earthquakes; circles show the magnitude radiating out from VII at the epicenter. Locations of the two closest nuclear power stations are included.

Ape Monkey Affe with Skull
Based on Wolfgang Hugo Rheinhold (1853 – 1900), Affe mit Schädel (Ape with Skull)

While it appears unrelated, unless the chimp sensed the earthquake far away, earthquakes could result in zoo animals getting lose, posing yet another risk to nuclear power stations, especially…

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Public Health and Moorside’s “Population Mixing”

#StopMoorside Petition Increased Childhood Leukemia caused by Population Mixing or Radioactive Emissions 0r both ?  Either or both - the industry and government appear to think that elevated rates of childhood leukaemia is a price worth paying for nuclear power. Below is a letter to Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health - please write …

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NuGen and Population Mixing

An Open Letter to the Mayor of Copeland : Mike Starkie from Radiation Free Lakeland. Dear Mayor Mike, Thank you for organising the meetings regarding the rather intimidating letters from NuGen. People are understandably upset about the possible compulsary purchase of their homes in order to clear a space for the building of temporary accommodation …

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Massive amounts of radiation continue daily to enter Japan’s water and air, and the Pacific Ocean

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Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen on Fukushima@5, Mar 7, 2016 (emphasis added): Massive amounts of radiation continue to enter Japan’s water and air, and the Pacific Ocean, daily… Due to its triple meltdowns and the unmitigable radioactive releases, Fukushima Daiichi will continue to bleed radiation into the Pacific Ocean for more than a century… There is no road map to follow with directions to stop the ongoing debacle…

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen on KPFA, Mar 30, 2016: [Univ. of California] Berkeley’s nuclear program has been in the forefront of the pro-nuclear propaganda for decades, and since Fukushima has been aggressively downplaying the significance of it. So, whatever comes out of Berkeley, I just attribute to a very pro-nuclear faculty… [Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is] measuring 1,000 miles offshore [of the US West Coast] and… picking up 10 becquerels per cubic meter [Bq/m3]. At my…

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Sleepy villages and nuclear waste from around the world: page 11 of Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

From 20 years ago, the plan now is to include much hotter wastes and the law has been changed to cut out the inconvenience of genuine public and scientific scrutiny at an inquiry.

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Westmorland Gazette NIREX inquiry February 1996

From The Westmorland Gazette February 9th 1996

All passion spent at sleepy Cleator Moor

He pulled at his charcoal chequered cardigan and coughed. Clarity was needed. Not a professional inquiry animal, this was only his second and he was fighting bully boy nerves.

Day 62 of the investigation into Nirex plans for an underground testing laboratory at Longlands Farm in the shadow of Sellafield.

South Lakeland protestors were doing their bit. Twenty four had asked for a say, five were selected.

“I’m always on the side of the angels” said Joe Foster of Kendal.

Before any waste is dumped underground, time should be allowed for an earthquake to occur, he argued.

“I’m a grandfather, I worry for the children and for future generations. I’m afraid my heart is ruling my head here.

“At the Windermere inquiry I was for a speed limit. I wasn’t comfortable there either”…

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Free Trade: page 10 of Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

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The carvings (trade ships 1835) in the beeches were a record of the birth of globalisation.  Eighty five years later (1910) Beatrix Potter  made posters protesting against Free Trade.  She must have been one of the first anti globalisation protestors? I always liked her.  In September 1985 a few more of the Rusland Beeches graffiti trees were felled by the Lake District National Park “due to birforkation.”

Beatrix Potter's Political Leaflets 1910. jpg

Some would cry “protectionist” – but her instincts were pretty true when she said:

“When a workman ain’t got any Wages –

Now what is the good of ‘cheap’ bread?

While you argues and talks and rampages-

Poor Camberwell Dolly lies dead!”

(Election Work from:  A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter by Leslie Linder 1971)

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