“The time has come the Walrus said to speak of many things. Of nuclear waste in shipping crates and jellyfish with wings..”
Just had a phone call from Cumbria County Council saying the Drigg Nuclear Dump decision will be taken in Kendal on 15th July at 9am.
I will speak on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland and will deliver our LOCK THE GATE ON DRIGG petition. The more signatures we have on it the better! Please Share far and wide.
Drigg is a beautiful little coastal Lakeland village which has the misfortune to be host to the UKs “Low Level” Nuclear Waste site. Don’t be misled by the words “low level” the stuff dumped at Drigg is long lived and nasty and includes plutonium waste (including bizarrely giant slag pots, they say contaminated with a plutonium pacemaker, this is suspect as so few plutonium pacemakers were ever made, for obvious reasons!)
The Drigg site is vulnerable to flooding not just from the sea but also from the water courses running alongside and through the site as reported by The Ecologist: Cumbria flooding: Environment Agency issues alert on Drigg nuclear waste site
The operators of the Drigg site are multinational companies who are also involved in “decommissioning” nuclear sites around the world.
The operators have said that Drigg’s Nuclear Dump “is likely to continue operating well into the next century.” Not if we can help it! The ONLY way the nuclear industry can continue to pretend it has a “solution” to the nuclear waste problem is if we the public allow the industry to continue dumping radioactive waste into the environment. Nuclear waste from hospitals is a tiny tiny fraction, with most hospitals now using short lived isotopes, the bulk of nuclear waste going into Drigg is from opearating and decommissioning nuclear plants and the military. Nuclear waste is even being diverted from Drigg into landfill in order to “save” Drigg for the nastier stuff.
The more people and groups who can oppose the continued dumping of nuclear waste at Drigg the better. The eventual plan is it seems for the shipping containers full of nuclear waste to end up on the West Cumbrian coastline….”Material deposited from the existing “cliff’, or dune embankment will be deposited on the beach. The degree of dispersion of material is dependent on the size of the material with the sands and clays being washed out of the debris leaving coarser material behind. The largest items may persist for a few hundred years at the top of the beach and provide a degree of foreshore armouring, and cliff protection, i.e. eroded wastes will tend to reduce further erosion of wastes until they breakdown and disperse.”