Our Health and Safety and the Doubling of Sellafield

Letter to Tim Farron MP sent today….

Dear Tim,

Following correspondence with you regarding questions about the Moorside Health Impact Assessment we have been sent a message from Dr Ian Fairlie. Dr Fairlie has generously offered a briefing to your team on the health impacts of Moorside. His letter is below..

“Hello Tim

I write as a scientist on the causation of the raised incidences of childhood leukemias observed near Sellafield, but also at many nuclear facilities world-wide. Some people take the view that these may be due to a theoretical virus and population-mixing as proposed by a Professor Kinlen many years ago.

However this hypothesis has many problems. Perhaps the most relevant is that it moots an incoming population which carries some kind of virus or agent which “infects” the existing population and results in increased rates of childhood leukemia among them. However almost all the increased leukemias observed near Sellafield are, or have been, in fact among the incoming families.

This fact alone debunks the theory but many other factors act to discredit it, including the fact that no virus or other agent has ever been identified. For more on this, see http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/kinlen-theory-debunked/

A much simpler and more straightforward explanation exists for the increased child leukemias near nuclear facilities: their radioactive emissions to air and discharges to sea. The fact is that leukemia is strongly linked to radiation exposures. This is especially the case with Sellafield which is one of the largest nuclear sites in the world and whose radioactive releases certainly rank among the highest in the world. As a result, the Irish Sea remains the most radioactively contaminated sea in the world.

I have written extensively on this matter in peer-reviewed journals. Should you wish a briefing on this, please let me know.

I wish your political career well.

Yours sincerely

IAN FAIRLIE Dr Ian Fairlie http://www.ianfairlie.org


The repeated delay in publishing the Health Impact Assessment for Moorside is not, Radiation Free Lakeland believes, an accident. The public have not been alerted to the health impacts nor had a chance to challenge the “safe” assertions of the nuclear industry during the narrow Moorside consultations. The reactors for Moorside have been described in independent expert reports as “dangerous” and “not fit for purpose.” Nevertheless The AP1000 reactor design was approved on 30th March 2017, this softened the blow for Toshiba’s Westinghouse filing for bankruptcy the previous day. This smacks rather of our regulators throwing the ailing Westinghouse Toshiba group a lifeline. The same day that the UK regulators rubberstamped Moorside a question was asked on BBC Question Time during a debate on terrorism on the wisdom of more than doubling the already uniquely dangerous Sellafield site. The question was ignored. It seems that those questioning the continuation and expansion of the nuclear regime are wearing a cloak of invisibility?

Best wishes


Radiation Free Lakeland

AP1000 Dangerous and Not Fit for Purpose

Nuclear reactor approved for use in new power station

Toshiba’s Westinghouse files for US bankruptcy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39424634
Question Time panellists ignore Expansion of Sellafield Question During Terrorism Debate

4 thoughts on “Our Health and Safety and the Doubling of Sellafield

  1. the debate on Question Time was about terrorism…of course who needs terrorists when we have Sellafield? – but even a child should be able to appreciate that doubling a target increases the chance of it being hit by accident or design. The panelists were Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson, Labour MP Lisa Nandy, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and the news editor of the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank, Kate Andrews. McCluskey had spent quite some time talking about safeguarding the jobs of Sellafield workers. None of them blinked an eye when the question was asked

  2. Judy jones

    stephen greer is publishing re free technology /energy soon ie may 9th i expect that will snooker them ….. the film and book unacknowledged …..


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