AUSTRIA THANKS CUMBRIANS FOR RESISTANCE TO MOORSIDE – NO ITS NOT THE PYLONS THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT……

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PRESS NOTICE RADIATION FREE LAKELAND 7.12.16

AUSTRIA THANKS RADIATION FREE LAKELAND

FOR OPPOSING THE BIGGEST NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT IN EUROPE

Cumbrian nuclear safety group Radiation Free Lakeland have received a letter of thanks from Austria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

The letter states: “In the name of the Federal Chancellor we want to thank you for your commitment regarding the nuclear power plant in Moorside. Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy to ensure the sustainability of energy supply and critically engage themselves in social, economic and political issues.

As you might know, Austria has already expressed its opposition to the use of nuclear energy within a referendum in1978 and is also going to adhere to a policy in favour of a global shift away from this form of energy generation in the future. For the Austrian Federal Government it is clear that alternative forms of energy are worth of promotion.”

The letter of thanks to the Cumbrian group is in response to the report commissioned by Radiation Free Lakeland and written by the by Edinburgh Energy and Environment Consultancy. The report, which describes the Moorside reactor design as “dangerous and not fit for purpose” was made possible through crowd funding.  Radiation Free Lakeland have raised almost £4000 specifically to produce a body of independent evidence regarding the Moorside plan. The report concludes that: “The AP1000 advanced passive nuclear reactor design has a weaker containment, and fewer back-up safety systems than current reactor designs. Its so-called advanced passive design make the reactor particularly vulnerable to a very large release of radioactivity following an accident if there were just a small failure in the steel containment vessel, due to the chimney effect. …. the containment is dangerously close to exceeding the maximum post accident pressure that it could withstand. Several ways in which the AP1000 design could lose the ability to cool the reactors in an emergency have been identified, and Fukushima has shown that a containment breach is possible, and that arrangements for keeping the spent fuel ponds cool are inadequate.

Marianne Birkby, Radiation Free Lakeland’s founder says, “ this acknowledgment and moral support from Austria sends us much needed encouragement to continue and to build on the resistance to Moorside. As the Federal Chancellor says, Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy. Campaigning on the pylon route alone will not cut it. It is up to groups and individuals in Cumbria to join and to put their shoulders to the wheel in building resistance so that we can stop the biggest nuclear development in Europe and ensure a safe and sustainable future.”

ENDS

 

REFERENECES

 

Letter from Austria to Radiation Free Lakeland (also attached)

 

Citizens Service of the Federal Chancellor Maria Auer

To
Marianne BIRKBY

per e-mail: wildart@mariannebirkby.plus.com

Dear Mrs. BIRKBY !

Vienna, November 28th, 2016 BKA-330.070/0207-VII/4/2016

The Citizens’ Service of the Austrian Federal Chancellor confirms receipt of your email of November 26th, 2016.

In the name of the Federal Chancellor we want to thank you for your commitment regarding the nuclear power plant in Moorside. Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy to ensure the sustainability of energy supply and critically engage themselves in social, economic and political issues.

As you might know, Austria has already expressed its opposition to the use of nuclear energy within a referendum in1978 and is also going to adhere to a policy in favour of a global shift away from this form of energy generation in the future. For the Austrian Federal Government it is clear that alternative forms of energy are worth of promotion.

For further information please contact the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management directly:

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Stubenring 1
1010 Vienna, Austria
E-mail: service@bmlfuw.gv.at http://www.bmlfuw.gv.at/en.html

We hope we have been of assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Maria Auer
Citizens Service of the Federal Chancellor Department VII/4
Ballhausplatz 1
A – 1010 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 53115-202440

Fax: +43 1 53115-204274 Email: service@bka.gv.at

 

 

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