Highlands Against Nuclear Transport is active in raising awareness in the Highlands and beyond of the nuclear waste being transported by rail, sea and air from the Dounreay nuclear site in the far north of Scotland to Sellafield in Cumbria and to the US.
We work to inform the general public along these routes of the dangers posed by these transports; we lobby the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UK and Scottish Governments; and we work to gain political support to halt these movements and to store the materials at Dounreay under security and constant monitoring. We achieve this by holding regular public meetings and events in the Highlands with expert speakers related to the environnment, health & safety, emergency planning and nuclear transports.
We promote our campaign through social media, media coverage in local and national papers & TV, attending meetings and conferences related to nuclear issues and working in partnership with organisations sharing HANT’s aims, including Nuclear Free Local Authorities and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
The Transport Issues:
Air – there are current plans to transport 750kg of highly enriched uranium from Dounreay to the US by air from Wick John O’ Groats Airport – a distance of over 4000 miles.
Rail – there are current movements and many planned movements of spent fuel / nuclear waste from Dounreay to Sellafield – a distance of 400 miles.
Sea – there have been movements and are three planned movements to transport spent fuel / nuclear fuel by sea from Scrabster near Dounreay to Barrow near Sellafield – a distance of over 400 miles.
HANT believes the movements are unecessary ; all nuclear waste (low, medium and high level) should be stored on the site where it is produced – the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has stated that this would be possible at Dounreay.
The movements pose unacceptable risks to the populations living in proximity to the air, sea and rail routes and these risks also apply to the environment and the local industries which rely on clean air and sea to ensure their products can be consumed safely.
These movements are happening to save money and with no regard to the risks posed by accidents, terrorism or nuclear radiation.
£1000 will enable us to continue campaigning
by covering the costs of holding meetings & events, IT support, publicity materials and travel & accomodation expenses for volunteeers. Your donation, large or small, will be much appreciated.
Much more information on our activities is available on our website www.hant.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/HighlandsAgainstNuclearTransport/