“this report raises the awful spectre of the Worlds Nuclear Heritage Site” Radiation Free Lakeland
Nuclear Safety Campaigners were joined today by Anti Fracking Campaigners to launch a New report into the environmental impacts of the Cumbrian New Nuclear Build, Moorside proposal. A ‘pop up’ protest outside Springfields Westinghouse site, Near Preston, was the scene for delivering the report to Moorside’s planned nuclear fuel manufacturing site ( five miles from the Preston New Road frack site). Springfields, owned by the British Government but run by the financially troubled Toshiba Westinghouse, is gearing up to manufacture “high burn” fuel for Moorside. The new report paid for by crowdfunding which was organised by Radiation Free Lakeland was delivered to Nick Jones, Westinghouse’s Marketing and Communications Manager along with a covering letter (below)
To: Nick Jones,
Marketing Communications Manager
Springfields, Westinghouse, Springfields, Salwick, Preston PR4 0XJ
Dear Mr Jones,
Please find enclosed a new report by the Edinburgh Environment and Energy Consultancy.
The report contains findings including over 200 deaths predicted from routine operation of the proposed AP1000 nuclear reactors in Cumbria. The “high burn” fuel would be made by Westinghouse at Springfields, Salwick, Preston.
Radiation Free Lakeland are a small volunteer nuclear safety group (with members in Lancashire and Cumbria) and have commissioned through crowdfunding this independent report from the EEEC. The report, written by Pete Roche contains shocking findings which the UK and our European neighbours have not been fairly consulted on. You may have seen the news that last week the UK government was censured for failing to consult the Germans over Hinkley,
Radiation Free Lakeland are not alone in opposing the plan for new nuclear build on the Lake District fringe (now a World Heritage Site). Over 12,000 people have signed a petition to Stop the Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe which would be fed by “high burn” fuel much hotter and much more dangerous than existing nuclear fuels.
We note that even if the plans for Moorside and other new nuclear build were to be scrapped tomorrow the Springfields site is already burdened with several underground burial pits containing an unknown inventory of radioactive and chemical wastes. Westinghouse says, “work is currently taking place to confirm the characterisation of waste in the pits.” (http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/meetings/iacs/nusac/031106/p17.pdf) Meanwhile new and ever more dangerous solid, liquid and gaseous wastes from manufacture of “high burn” nuclear fuel would be released to Clifton Marsh Landfill, the River Ribble and the air.
The close proximity of Springfields to the front line of fracking at Preston New Road must be of very great concern to you. Not least with the very many cylinders of uranium hexafluoride and other radiological and chemical processes on the Springfields site threatened by increased seismic activity.
The proposed Moorside reactors in Cumbria would use “high burn” fuel made at Springfields, Incredibly the spent fuel arisings would amount to 85% of the radioactivity contained in all existing legacy wastes from the UK’s nuclear power industry. This is intolerable. Radiation Free Lakeland vehemently oppose the production of new nuclear fuel at the Springfields site for new nuclear build and especially the “high burn” nuclear fuel proposed for Moorside
With kind regards
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
New report to be launched on the 16th: The AP1000 Nuclear Reactors proposed for Moorside in Cumbria and their Environmental Impact.The report contains findings including over 200 deaths predicted from routine operation of the proposed nuclear reactors in Cumbria. The “high burn” fuel would be made by Westinghouse at Springfields, Salwick, Preston.
Last week the UK government was censured for failing to consult the Germans over Hinkley, Meanwhile the plan to build new nuclear reactors on the Lake District fringe (now a World Heritage Site) which are many times more dangerous than Hinkley is still bizarrely on the cards.
Radiation Free Lakeland are a small volunteer nuclear safety group (with members in Lancashire and Cumbria) and have commissioned through crowdfunding an independent report from the Edinburgh Energy and Environment Consultancy. The report, written by Pete Roche contains shocking findings which the UK and our European neighbours have not been fairly consulted on. Note: the high burn fuel for these reactors would be made by Toshiba Westinghouse at Springfields,Preston
The full report is attached and is embargoed until Sunday. There are extracts from the report below.
We will be having a “pop up” protest on Sunday 2pm outside the worlds first nuclear fuel manufacturing plant Near Preston to demonstrate opposition to the manufacture of “high burn” nuclear fuel for these dangerous new nuclear reactors and to launch the report. We will be delivering a copy of the report to Springfields along with a letter outlining our vehement opposititon to the production of ever more dangerous nuclear fuel on the Springfields site which is already burdened with an unknown inventory of radioactive and chemical wastes from nuclear fuel manufacturing. The proposed Moorside reactors in Cumbria would use “high burn” fuel made at Springfields, Preston. Incredibly the spent fuel arisings would amount to 85% of the radioactivity contained in all existing legacy wastes from the UK’s nuclear power industry, this is intolerable.
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
A few of the findings listed and extracted below (the headings are our own
- DEATHS “Bearing in mind that NuGen is proposing to build 3 AP1000 reactors at Moorside, the total collective dose for Moorside would be about 40 person Sv per year. By applying the widely used fatal cancer risk factor of 10% per sievert we can calculate around 4 deaths will occur somewhere in the world for every year the station operates. Over 60 years the total would be 240 deaths. “
- DOUBLING THE RADIOACTIVE FOOTPRINT “Moorside would produce extremely high levels of radioactive spent fuel. In the year 2200 its spent fuel arisings would amount to 85% of the radioactivity contained in all existing legacy wastes from the UK’s nuclear power industry.” WORLD NUCLEAR HERITAGE SITE? “High burn-up fuel expected to be used in AP1000 reactors could require up to 100 years of cooling before it will be cool enough to be emplaced in a GDF. (7) So if it were assumed that Moorside comes on stream around 2030, with an expected reactor life of 60 years, this means some spent fuel could still be in storage on site in 2190”
- COLLECTIVE DOSE and ETHICS“Collective doses are sometimes calculated for UK or European populations, but for radionuclides which have long half-lives and become globally dispersed, including tritium, carbon-14, krypton-85 and iodine-129, it is internationally accepted practice to calculate their global collective doses. Calculating the global collective dose can also be seen as morally important when one considers the fact that no-one outside the UK is receiving a countervailing benefit from discharges… collective doses are underestimates as they do not include detriental human health effects other than fatal cancers (e,g. skin cancers) and genetic effects.”