GREAT NEWS – TOSHIBA’s foray into nuclear ventures has resulted in them experiencing a gigantic financial black hole which means that their nuclear construction business is in tatters.

It is however way too soon to call time on Moorside as our nuclear obsessed Govnt will be pulling out all stops to stay with the plan …Toshiba was always going to pull out after construction of the diabolic reactors (Nuclear Engineering International 16th September 2014 Toshiba planning to sell some of its stake in the venture “within the first year of plant operations”).  

The South Koreans (KEPCO)  have been in talks with NuGen to try to keep the whole shebang going.

Also not in the mainstream press is the fact that Toshiba have a 150 year lease on the Springfields nuclear fuel site at Preston providing nuclear fuel for the UK and around the world.

Join us on 4th Feb in Workington town centre at 10am (at the Look Out Clock) on World Cancer Day to say NO to Moorside and Nuclear Dumping.  Bring Banners, Bring Yourselves – Join the Resistance!

We will have a letter for people to sign to Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health who has so far refused to answer our question.

Do you

A.  Agree with government that population mixing is the cause of the “excess” of childhood leukaemia in areas of Cumbria


B. Agree with Nuclear power pioneer Dr John Gofman that “Licensing a nuclear power plant is random premeditated murder ….the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest (radiation) doses”

When we asked Colin Cox this question back in May 2016 we recieved the dismissive reply below:

“Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding health risks arising from “population mixing” during the development of Moorside power station in West Cumbria. I am the Chair of the Moorside Health Impact Assessment Steering Group. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a rigorous approach to identifying and mitigating any health risks, and identifying and maximising any health gains, arising from this development. At its meeting this morning, the steering group agreed that the issue of population mixing will be considered within the overall HIA. The HIA is due to be completed by the end of this year. I will not be making any public comment on this matter before this process is complete. I hope this information is helpful.

Regards, Colin Cox

Colin Cox Director of Public Health Cumbria County Council The Courts Carlisle CA3 8NA”


Our letter below will be available for people to sign on Saturday 4th February in Workington from 10am to 12noon at the Look Out Clock (or nearby)

To Colin Cox, the Director of Public Health Cumbria,

A Government Committee recently said that “Population Mixing” caused by an influx of nuclear workers resulted in “a Mystery Virus.” They said this is the likely cause of increased leukaemias near Sellafield. This view is rather undermined by the Sellafield workers having a Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases. There are higher incidences of many diseases in the vicinity of Sellafield including childhood eye cancers and Downs Syndrome.

In the Eighties, the families of 19 children living within 20 miles of Sellafield took the site operators to court.  The children all had leukaemia.  They lost their case, the judge ruling that the radiation dose from the plant was too low to have caused leukaemia.

The Government subscribes to the 1988 Leo Kinlen theory, which suggests that exposure to a common unidentified infection through population mixing results in childhood leukaemia.  Prof Kinlen said: “This exposure is greater when people from urban areas mix with rural communities eg when construction workers and nuclear staff move into the Sellafield area.”  History is about to repeat itself.  The Government plans to parachute into Cumbria thousands of temporoary workers to work at Beckermet, site of the proposed “biggest new nuclear development in Europe.”

Dr Paul Dorfman, secretary to the UK governmental sceintific advisory Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters (CERRIE), an acknowledged expert on radiation risk, told us: “I, like you, am of the clear opinion that the acknowledged significant increase in childhood leukaemia in Cumbria is associated with radiation releases….However…the view of the key UK governmental radiation risk scientific advisory body (COMARE) is that the Cumbrian childhood leukaemia excess is most likely associated with “population mixing.”

“COMARE, and hence the Government state that the Cumbrian childhood leukaemia excess is due to a novel virus brought in by a large number of construction workers which then goes on to infect a relatively isolated local population who do not have a defence against this virus.”

“Thus the Government must inform the local community to expect a potential increase in risk of childhood leukaemia following the construction of the planned nuclear facility at Moorside.”

Nuclear power pioneer Dr John Gofman said decades ago: “Licensing a nuclear power plant is…licensing random premeditated murder.  When you license a plant, you know what you’re doing, so its premeditated….The evidence on radiation producing cancer is beyond doubt. It’s not a question any more:radiation produces cancer and the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest doses.”

Do you

A.  Agree with government that population mixing is the cause of the “excess” of childhood leukaemia in areas of Cumbria


B. Agree with Nuclear power pioneer Dr John Gofman that “Licensing a nuclear power plant is random premeditated murder ….the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest (radiation) doses”

yours sincerely,





BREAKING NEWS. ….as  we predicted the South Koreans have been wined and dined ….report in Utility Week ……

“South Korean investment could save Moorside
South Korean investment in Moorside could help to safeguard the future of the proposed nuclear plant in Cumbria, New Nuclear Watch Europe has told Utility Week
The NuGen consortium which is developing Moorside is jointly owned by Toshiba and Engie. Toshiba announced on Friday it was reviewing its nuclear activities in response to a financial crisis, leaving a question mark over the future of the project.
“This is an anxiety but it’s one to which there is a solution, albeit probably at the cost of a little bit of time,” said Tim Yeo, who chaired the Energy and Climate Change Committee from 2010-2015 and is now chairman of the trade group New Nuclear Watch Europe. “I think what it will throw up is the possibility of bringing a new partner into the NuGen consortium”, he added.
South Korean utility Kepco was reported to be close to investing in the project in October, and in December the Times reported that representatives from the company had met with business and energy secretary Greg Clark.
“They’ve been a bit discouraged, I think, by the reception they’ve had in the UK,” said Yeo. “But my understanding is they are now talking to Toshiba about taking a stake… I think there’s no doubt that Kepco, with the full backing of the Korean government, is interested.”
He said Kepco’s involvement could delay the project if it insisted on using its own reactor technology as it would have to go through the lengthy Generic Design Assessment process. “That would set the programme back a bit,” he added.
“Going forward, we will revise the positioning of the nuclear business as our main focus business in the energy sector, and review the future of nuclear businesses outside Japan”, said Toshiba president and chief executive Satoshi Tsunakawa at a press conference on Friday.
The Japanese conglomerate is facing an undisclosed write-down amounting to “several billion US dollars” on the purchase of US nuclear construction firm CB&I Stone & Webster by its subsidiary Westinghouse. The plans for Moorside feature three AP1000 reactors supplied by Westinghouse with a combined capacity of 3.8GW.
Yeo said it is a “concern” that Toshiba is “obviously struggling to make any money from its nuclear activities”. However, he denied that the group’s financial meltdown is reflective of the nuclear industry as a whole.
He said there are “plausible explanations” as to why a number of nuclear firms have faced financial difficulties in recent years. “In the case of the EPR, the EDF project, those are associated, in my view, with the fact that it’s a first of a kind technology. The history of the nuclear industry over the last 50 years shows that first of a kind projects more often than not run into timetable and cost overruns.”
Earlier this month it was reported that Toshiba was seeking public financing for Moorside.
Author: Tom Grimwood,
Channel: Finance & investment

What’s the End Game: hype and hysteria surrounding the “Muslim Ban”


by Kit

Activists gather at Portland International Airport to protest against President Donald Trump's executive action travel ban in Portland, Oregon, U.S. January 29, 2017.  REUTERS/Steve Dipaola Activists gather at Portland International Airport to protest against President Donald Trump’s executive action travel ban in Portland, Oregon, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

They’re calling it the “Muslim Ban”, that’s the headline attention-grabber. It has its own twitter hashtag too. Everyone, all around the progressive “free world” is coming together to denounce this barbarism with one voice. Actors are making speeches at the SAG awards, and earnest navel-gazing columnists are writing about how this travel ban clashes with “British values”. There’s a petition to ban Trump from entering the UK with over a million signatures already (only tree from the British Antarctic Territories this time). John Harris, in the Guardian, even manages to make this all about Brexit – how triggering Article 50 will push us closer to a Trump administration that is “ruining America’s reputation”. Not even Jeremy Corbyn was immune, his biggest…

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Childhood Leukaemia Letter to Whitehaven News


In 1962 Rachel Carson wrote a book that launched the environmental movement.  The book was called “Silent Spring” and the very first page outlines the known impacts of chemicals and radiation on health and the living world.

“The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world—the very nature of its life.”  Rachel Carson – Silent Spring 1962

The following is a letter sent to Cumbrian press by a supporter of Radiation Free Lakeland.  It was never published so it is published here for the first time.

Dear Editor,


Returning to live in the UK after over 20 years living in France I am picking up where I left off back then on the causes of leukaemia.

Answers I had asked in the UK parliament on 11.1.1989 on the causes of leukaemia listed nearly 200 prescribed drugs, many chemicals including many pesticides and radiation as known causes.

During my investigations into the causes in countless cases over the years, which sometimes resulted in successful claims for compensation, every case showed there had been substantial exposure to a known causative agent. In all these cases there was only one where a virus was found present and in that case the sufferer had been prescribed a drug documented in drug books used by doctors in the UK when prescribing to cause the form of leukaemia from which he died..

The reaction of the medical profession was to protect their friends in the drug industry and blame the virus ignoring the drug prescribed.

The government disinformation that some unknown virus could be to blame for the cluster of leukaemia cases around nuclear power stations is a red herring to distract attention from the true causes.

Another bit of government disinformation is that without the nuclear industry the lights will go out. “If you repeat a lie often enough the people will believe you” – Aldolf Hitler. Most countries do not have nuclear power and France, the world’s biggest user for many years, is now in danger of its lights going out because of the many faults in its nuclear reactors and the French government is now finally coming to its senses and plans, along with other countries, to get out of the nuclear industry.

The UK government has not followed up on the advice given in a Royal Commission report in 1976 on the nuclear industry and environmental pollution and has not pursued all the renewable alternatives the report suggested.

Edward Priestly

Toshiba cancels all nuclear plant construction, chairman to quit, causing happy anti nuclear activists in Japan!

GOOD NEWS! Now we must make sure the many headed nuclear hydra doesn not grow a new head.


Kyodo — Jan 29
Toshiba Corp. will take no new orders related to the construction of nuclear power stations, with the company’s chairman expected to resign over the massive write-down that has doomed the company’s U.S. nuclear business, sources said Saturday.
The company’s decision to cease taking orders effectively marks its withdrawal from the plant construction business.

Toshiba said Friday it will review nuclear operations and spin off its chip business to raise funds by selling a stake in the new chip company, covering the expected write-down in the nuclear business which could reach 700 billion yen ($6.08 billion).

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Demo 4th February in Workington Stand Up to Cancer – Stop Moorside

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The 4th of February is World Cancer Day.  Radiation Free Lakeland will be in Workington’s town centre, meeting at the Look Out Clock , Ivison Lane.

from 10am to demonstrate Opposition to Moorside and Opposition to Continued Dumping of Carcinogenic Radioactive Wastes into the our rivers, seas, soil and air.  Reading the press it seems that almost everything gives you cancer EXCEPT RADIOACTIVE EMISSIONS!

We will have info to give out about our still unanswered questions to government and to the Director of Public Health in Cumbria about Population Mixing V Radioactive Emissions being the cause of “excess” childhood blood cancers.  Childhood cancers across the UK have gone up almost 30% since the nuclear industry started polluting.

Tim Farron MP has written repeatedly on our behalf and there have been independently written letters to the press about the government aligning itself with the view that a “mystery virus” due to population mixing from the influx of nuclear workers to a rural area is the reason for increased childhood cancers in the vicinity of nuclear installations.  Does the government intend to take responsibility for this belief and advise people of the risks of the proposed population mixing at Moorside and other new nuclear build?

Tim Farron Population Mixing letter 15th dec 2016.jpg  Or do they, like us, know very well that the increase in leukaemia has nothing to do with the pseudo science of a “mystery virus”.    The government and the Director of Public Health Cumbria have not answered our questions.

Does Toshiba’s financial woes mean that they will scrap their involvement in the Moorside plan?   We  HOPE HOPE HOPE *  that this is the case .but*  we are aware that Toshiba is just the latest in a long line of nuclear companies who have been in the Moorside driving seat. There have been more changing faces than the Emperors in the last days of the Roman Empire.  We must not be complacent.  The military nuclear industrial complex absolutely relies on the nuclear reactor business to keep on keeping on with their nefarious military business as usual.

Toshiba also runs the worlds first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, Springfields in Preston.  Springfields Toshiba provide the nuclear fuel for well over 100 countries worldwide.  They provided the fuel for many nuclear catastrophes too, including the Windscale Fire.   How reassured are we to have a financially downward spiralling company running the worlds first and still active  nuclear fuel manufacturing plant?  There has been no spotlight on Springfields in the media in all this talk of Toshiba’s financial woes.  Now why is that?

The Article from the Japan Times is below….

Toshiba Corp. will cease taking orders related to the building of nuclear power stations, sources said Saturday, in a move that would effectively mark its withdrawal from the nuclear plant construction business.


US EPA Hid Details of Huge Radiation Increase for Drinking Water in a Nuclear Accident; Increase Violates Safe Drinking Water Act – Arguably Illegal; A Couple of Hours Left to Oppose Private Nuclear Waste Storage (11.59 PM Eastern Time)

In the US… More deregulation of the nuclear industry. Who will protect our water from this evil industry?

Mining Awareness +

EPA PAG comparisons to MCIs (Clean Water Act)
PEER had to sue to get this document. And, yet, the list of radionuclides is still incomplete. There are less than 90 radionuclides listed of the almost 200 which are covered by the Clean Water Act MCIs (See blog post bottom). Conspicuously absent is Cs 134. If 629 Bq/l (629 Bq/kg) Cs 137 is allowed by the US EPA then there would presumably be approximately 8554 Bq/l (8554 Bq/kg) of Cs 134, in the event of a nuclear reactor accident. The Cs 134 levels would be much lower in nuclear waste. The US FDA combines Cs 134 and 137. Why, and what it means, is explained in more detail here:

The information from PEER is especially critical with the upcoming Private Nuclear Waste “Interim” Storage Facility Comment deadline in less than 3 hours – Tonight 11.59 PM Eastern Time (NY-Boston-DC-Atlanta, Miami, etc.) 11.59 PM is 1 minute to midnight…

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UK nuclear groups whinging like F&^K!! UK Government tries to defend itself against nuclear compensation claims regardless!



The pro nuclear organisations are panicking and showing symptoms of Brexitphobia (such as whining) as the UK prepares to withdraw from Euratom Treaty and are pulling out all the stops to reverse the situation. In the article below from the Weinberg Next Nuclear Foundation they even claim that leaving Euratom is not necessary even if the UK commits to Brexit. Research foundations and even anti nuclear assessments are included in their press release below.

The question is why is the UK are leaving the treaty? One reason could be that according to the new EU radiation protection legislation just being enacted by the German Government which rolls all the present legislation into one law and next year it will include making parts of the Euratom treaty Legal and binding.

A second point to note is that a new “Medical Physics Expert” (MPE) position has been accepted and that this…

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STOP Sizewell C – consultation ends on 3rd Feb -please write

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There is a consultation going on for three new reactors in Suffolk.  These would be next to the already dangerous situation at Sizewell.

There is a letter below from Radiation Free Lakeland – please feel free to use this for ideas to write your own objection.  Email your comments to:

More info: Together Against Sizewell C       and        Shut Down Sizewell



Radiation Free Lakeland is a voluntary nuclear safety group based in Cumbria.


Radiation Free Lakeland unequivocally opposes the proposal for three new nuclear reactors at Sizewell. The existing reactors and associated nuclear sprawl already constitute an unacceptable hazard. Given this already intolerable hazard and ongoing radiological damage inflicted on the people of Suffolk, plans for new nuclear build should be scrapped.


Sizewell’s accumulating nuclear waste starts its journey in the North West of England

Near Preston is situated Springfields Nuclear Fuel Plant.   Springfields is the supplier of nuclear fuel for Sizewell B and we assume that Springfields is  also to be the planned supplier for Sizewell C.   The Springfields site is located between Preston and Blackpool (five miles from the proposed Preston New Road fracking site) and is owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for whom it is operated by Westinghouse. Westinghouse are now owned by Toshiba ( principal partner in the NuGen plan for 3 reactors in Cumbria.)

Springfields is now gearing up to produce fuel for the nuclear “renaissance” which includes Sizewell C.  Springfields was the first nuclear fuel site on planet earth, having provided nuclear fuel for nuclear catastrophes worldwide including here at Windscale (Sellafield) where plutonium and polonium was spread over a large area. The damage to human health has never been quantified despite government-sanctioned experiments, which included body part snatching. Peer reviewed studies show large increases of damage to health ranging from downs syndrome to childhood leukaemia.

Nuclear Waste

The nuclear waste from the manufacture of fuel for Sizewell A and B (and over 100 nuclear plants worldwide) has been (and is being) dumped to the river Ribble and into Clifton Marsh landfill, near Preston.    The Northwest is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of nuclear facilities. Continuing and expanding this poison chalice is unacceptable especially as there is no safe “disposal” of nuclear wastes from the front and back end of the nuclear fuel chain.   Rivers and Seas bear the brunt of nuclear waste “disposal.” Solid wastes are increasingly being dumped into landfill under new deregulations of High Volume Very Low Level Wastes. Radioactive waste is building up at nuclear power plants and at Sellafield. This is an ever- increasing and ongoing intergenerational hazard. Adding to this would be beyond the scope of ethics to justify.


We note that childhood cancer has risen nearly 30% throughout the UK since Springfields started producing nuclear fuel. Dr Ian Fairlie has pointed out that most nuclide emissions from nuclear reactors are not spread evenly across the whole year but during short refuelling episodes which occur about once a year and which last a few days or so. “People living near nuclear power stations and downwind from them will be exposed to high doses of radiation during these emissions spikes – much higher than from releases during the rest of the year. Estimates range from 20 to 100 times higher. Recently the UK National Dose Assessment Working Group published guidance on “Short Term Releases to the Atmosphere” This states that “…doses from the assessment of a single realistic short-term release are a factor of about 20 greater than doses from the continuous release assessment.” An older German study (Hinrichsen, 2001*) indicated that these doses could be a factor of 100 greater. The precise amount will depend on many factors, including source term, proximity to the reactor, wind speed, wind direction, and the diets and habits of local people.”

The government insist however on subscribing to a theory that proposes increases in childhood leukaemia in the vicinity of nuclear power stations are down to a mystery virus caused by “population mixing” when large numbers of construction/nuclear workers move into a relatively rural area.


There are however much wider health concerns and these are reflected in the industry’s own Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases. The public, which includes pregnant women, children and young people living outside of the militarised nuclear fences have to take their chances.   This collateral damage to public health is unacceptable. To knowingly increase this damage with the plan for Sizewell C would be beyond the scope of ethics to justify.

Halt the plan. 

Sizewell C  cannot be justified

yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

Radiation Free Lakeland




Westinghouse Comment on Safety at Springfields


Body Snatching


An unusual cluster of Downs Syndrome – was it caused by the Windscale Fire?


Nuclear Waste – No “Disposal”

Nuclear Laundry at Lillyhall

Radioactive Scrap Metal at Lillyhall

Nuclear Landfill at Lillyhall

Radioactive Spikes at Nuclear Power Stations


Population Mixing Myth of the Unidentified Virus

 Compensation Scheme for Radiation Linked Diseases

Please take action STOP Water Fluoridation in Cumbria



The following is a guest blog and request for action from Flouride Free Cumbria campaigner Dianne Standen.

In May 2017 there will be County Council Elections throughout Cumbria. It is Cumbria County Council and Councillors who currently authorise and finance water fluoridation.
At the moment fluoride is only added to drinking water in West Cumbria (!) but as the Cabinet supports water fluoridation this could be introduced anywhere in Cumbria. 
Please send and preferably adapt and personalise the following letter to your COUNTY COUNCILLOR and make it clear that their position on water fluoridation will influence how you vote in the May County elections.Your County Councillor details will be easily found on just enter your postcode. If you don’t want to send through that site just find the name and put a dot between  the first names and surname  i.e. ..stewart.young then
Please copy to your MP and also Stewart Young who leads CCC. If we all make it clear to our Councillors that we do care about this issue then we may have a chance of seeing it finish in 2017…Please send any replies to as the Councillors  Position will be recorded on our website so others can see at a glance.   There is a sample letter below but it is always best to try and write in your own words.Dear Councillor,

On 15th December last Cumbria County Council Cabinet decided not to review the issue of water fluoridation until the completion of the current Catfish research project in 2021.
They also declined to offer any advice about reducing potentially health damaging levels of fluoride to vulnerable members of the West Cumbrian community such as 
Infants receiving high levels through milk formula made up with fluoridated water and people using high fluoride anti depressant medication.
They refused to consider following the lead of Eire,NZ and the USA ,the major fluoridating countries, in reducing the target level of fluoride in drinking water from 1mg/ml to 0.7mg/ml in order to avoid excessive intake and accumulation of fluoride . 
They ignored Bedford Councils recent action in rejecting water fluoridation after their Health Scrutiny Committee advised the precautionary principle and safety should prevail. I would like you to know that I consider all of the above to be a failure in public health responsibility and as you are my Councillor I would like to know your position on water fluoridation as it will influence how I vote in the May elections. 
Looking forward to hearing from you. 
Name and address.
More Info:
Cumbrians Against Flouride have been trying for two years to get CCC to take some responsibility for water fluoridation and address the safety and public health issues.
Cumbria County Councillor Ian Stewart holds  the portfolio for public health .
Councillor Stewart recently misled the Cabinet into believing that Bedford council had not reversed their position on water fluoridation.
The accurate position was that like West Cumbria, Bedford had a longstanding water fluoridation scheme that had ceased whilst renovation work was undertaken on the corroded dosing unit.
Local opposition resulted in it going to Bedford’s Health Scrutiny Committee and after two years they advocated the precautionary principle due to lack of quality evidence to support its effectiveness and safety.
In contrast here in Cumbria our County Council will not pass it to Scrutiny.
The only way we will ensure pressure for change is if  Cumbrians express their opposition to being dosed with flouride through their water.