No Need for Nuclear – the Renewables are Here! CND Conference

No Need for Nuclear - CND

CND are actively opposing Nuclear Power.  We hope that as is happening in China, South Korea, Germany, France and elsewhere,  the UK’s NGOs and citizen groups will  join CND and others in the UK’s tenacious Nuclear Resistance.

Report from Cumbria and Lancashire Area Group reproduced with permission:

The Cumbria and Lancashire Area is comprised of just three local CND affiliated groups. The Lancaster and District group sits close to the Heysham nuclear power stations, the North Cumbria group sits close to Sellafield and the East Lancashire group is the nearest group to Springfields Nuclear Factory so we are particularly concerned about developments in the nuclear power industry. Resolution 7 “Nuclear Power” was carried overwhelmingly at CND AGM 2016.

This report has been prepared by Irene Sanderson of North Cumbria CND. I submit it to CND National Council, particularly for the information of those who are taking forward part 3 of Resolution 7 that relates to supporting initiatives in the UK against nuclear power.

   Joan West – Rep for C&L Area

 

Plans for New Nuclear in Cumbria

In 24 June 2011, the UK government confirmed through its National Policy Statement, that the site next to Sellafield on the west coast of Cumbria was suitable for a new nuclear power station. From the plans attached, you can see the scale of the project. It is to be the largest nuclear power site in Europe.

 

North Cumbria CND has been monitoring the progress of this project since its inception. We have submitted letters of concern and objection. We have protested at the site. We have attended the consultations. We have argued with the organisers. We have protested at these consultations and been thrown out of one held in a local methodist church- Lord Soper would revolve in his grave.

A great source of inspiration and ideas for resistance to the above insanity can be found at

Radiation Free Lakeland:https://www.facebook.com/groups/radiationfreelakeland/ and https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/category/pylons/

 

We in North Cumbria CND remain committed to opposing the UK government plans for New Nuclear in Cumbria for the following reasons.

 

The site

This new nuclear power station to be constructed at Moorside is yards from Sellafield.

 

“140 tons of plutonium are currently stored at Sellafield making this the largest stockpile of civil plutonium in the world. It takes somewhere in the region of 5-10kg of plutonium to make a nuclear weapon, so 140 tons (140,000kg) is a slightly worrying amount to have sitting in a concrete shed in Cumbria next door to three nuclear reactors.” (The Engineer Feb 2017)

 

The site developer

NuGen purchased the Moorside site in July 2011 for the construction of the nuclear power station. NuGen is a 60:40 joint venture between Toshiba and ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) but it is now possible that South Korea will become involved in view of recent events.   (note Toshiba was forced to buy out ENGIE )

 

“Toshiba is expected to announce a massive write-down, perhaps as big as $6.1 billion, to cover cost overruns at Westinghouse.(bought from BNFL in 2006). Toshiba made a big bet on a nuclear renaissance that never materialized, in part because it couldn’t build reactors within the timelines and budgets it had promised. The company had anticipated that Westinghouse’s next-generation AP1000 modular reactor design would be easier and faster to execute — just the opposite of what happened. Now Toshiba may exit the nuclear reactor construction business altogether and focus exclusively on design and maintenance.” (The Japan Times 13 Feb 2017)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_South_Korea

“…..in 2013, there was a scandal involving the use of counterfeit parts in nuclear plants and faked quality assurance certificates…about 100 people were indicted for falsifying safety documents, including a former chief executive of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power and a vice-president of Korea Electric Power Corporation.”

 

Brexit

“A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers says the plans to leave the EU, and consequently the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) could threaten plans to build new nuclear reactors such as at Moorside where the fuel would be supplied by the Springfields site at Salwick and decommissioning activities, as well as jeopardise energy security due to the impact on nuclear fuel supplies.” (Blackpool Gazette 18 Feb 2017)

 

Copeland voted to leave Europe:

23,528 people backing Brexit and 14,419 voting Remain (population 71,500).

 

Current Issues

NuGen is at the half-way point before the submission of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application in 2017. Both the proposed Moorside Power Station and Moorside Project Railway are Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and under the Planning Act 2008. A DCO replaces the need to obtain planning permission under the Town and Country Planning Act.

Also requiring permission are the new pylons (150 ft high) which “would be within 10m of the National Park boundary. Together with the 18 wires between the pylons, this would look like a giant steel fence along the edge of the Park.”(http://powerwithoutpylons.org.uk/)

There will be a by-election on 23 February. Sellafield pays the highest wages and NuGen gives out the most generous donations. A good number of the population rely on the nuclear industry and look to the construction of the power plant as their future. 6000 workers will be needed at peak construction and at least 1000 for the eventual running of the plant. The present holds little opportunity and great concerns. Within Copeland 14.2% of households have an annual income of under £10,000 while 17.8% of children in the district live in poverty.

“In a shock announcement this week, A&E staff were told their department could be downgraded to a minor injuries unit. And it is unclear what would happen to the future of other hospital services, such as maternity, if this does happen.”16 Feb 2017 The Whitehaven News

Irene Sanderson

North Cumbria

20th Feb 2017

 

The Moorside Site

1 Power Blocks: 3x AP1000 reactors plus turbine, annex and auxiliary buildings.

2 Beckermet, Braystones and Calder Bridge: NuGen will work with the local community to avoid and mitigate impacts of construction for its neighbours as far as possible.

Roads, Internal Roads and Limited Car Parking: access roads to Moorside Site to be established and access roads to Sellafield Site are likely to be altered. Other changes will mitigate the impact on the A595. During the construction, there would be up to 200 car parking spaces for blue badge parking, coaches and essential safety and security staff
plus 100 for visitors.

3 Sellafield Site: working under a long-term co-operation agreement, NuGen will work closely with Sellafield and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

4 Environmental mitigation: NuGen will provide environmental mitigation and compensation, including earthworks, landscaping, replacement habitats, environmental offsetting, common land replacement and floodplain compensation.

5 Low Church Moss SSSI and St Bridget’s Church: both have determined the position of the plant and development is being carefully sited to minimise the impact on the setting of St Bridget’s Church and the Saxon stone crosses in the grave yard.

6 Cooling Tunnels and Forebay: an integral part of the Circulating Water System, the Forebay and four tunnels up to 4km long (two intake, two outflow) will provide and discharge sea water to and from the Irish Sea.

7 Marine Off-Loading Facility (MOLF) and Heavy Haul Road: a key part of NuGen’s transport strategy is to bring materials and components to site by sea to the MOLF. Breakwaters may be needed and NuGen may need to establish a Harbour Authority.

8 Earthworks: mounded areas to the northwest of the Moorside Power Station will accommodate up to 15 million m3 of excavated material, which will be landscaped as screening for the local community and could provide an opportunity for recreational amenity.

9 River Ehen: will need to be crossed by the floodplain bridge to carry the Heavy Haul Road from the MOLF onto site and by a new rail viaduct. No bridge piers are expected in the river but works may be required to ensure the integrity of the bridge and river structure.

10 Rail: a new rail passenger station and freight facility are required to provide transport for staff, construction workers and freight needed for the Moorside Project.

11 Support Buildings: would house a range of administration, medical, storage, centralised fire support, maintenance, security facilities and an outage maintenance building. The tallest building would be the administration building at up to eight storeys tall.

12 Substation and Switchyard: required to allow the electricity generated to be exported to the national electricity transmission system.

Public Rights Of Way: various public rights of way exist over the Moorside Site. NuGen is assessing the impact of the Moorside Project on these rights of way.

 

 

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