DIRECT RAIL SERVICES (NUCLEAR TRAIN TRANSPORTS) OPEN DAY EVENT THIS SATURDAY 22ND JULY._
The next DRS [ Direct Rail Services ] open day event will talk place at Carlisle on Saturday July 22nd.
This year activists from the Close Capenhurst Campaign & Radiation Free Lakeland will be joining together to leaflet at the event.
This is the 4th year running that DRS will have been leafleted about the radioactive waste flasks which they transport to Sellafield.
The leafleting session will take place between 10.00. & 15.00hrs outside the Kingmoor Depot, Carlisle.
We would welcome more activists to join us on the day. DRS promote this as a fun family day out, complete with giant teddy bear and charity events. The reality is the transport through cities towns and villages of dangerous irradiated nuclear wastes from nuclear power stations.
Don’t Take the ‘A’ Train
Nuclear Safety campaigners from Radiation Free Lakeland and Close Capenhurst Campaign will be holding a demonstration and leafletting session outside the Direct Rail Services Open Day at the Kingmoor Depot, Carlisle this Saturday -10am -3.00pm. They ask that people join them in saying “Don’t take the ‘A’ Train”
Trains pulling containers of highly-radioactive nuclear fuel rods (“Nuclear Trains”) regularly go through our Cumbrian towns and villages.
These waste trains carrying spent fuel are operated by DRS, [Direct Rail Services owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) which transports this highly radioactive waste through some of most highly populated area in the UK, as well as some of the most rural.
Instead of being contained on the original nuclear sites of production the waste is taken to Sellafield where it is reprocessed. Reprocessing is intended to harvest the plutonium and uranium from spent fuel. But it increases the waste volume many times over with 8 million litres of radioactive waste discharged into the Irish Sea every day. Only a tiny fraction of plutonium and uranium has ever been used.
Nuclear trains are the most dangerous cargoes carried on our railways, although this is not made apparent on the DRS website. The nuclear trains website banner shows a glamourous model wearing a T shirt “Keep Calm and Carry Freight” this is tasteless at best and vicious and nasty at worst given that women and children are those most at risk from the continual leakage from these flasks.
The flasks (even when empty) continually leak low-level radiation, and any increase in radiation levels in the environment means an increase in risk of radiation-linked diseases such as thyroid cancer and leukaemia. Women, young children and babies are most at risk.
As a result of a serious accident or terrorist attack the flasks could break open, releasing highly-radioactive material that would blow for miles in the wind and kill thousands of people.
For more information about the trains also see the
Nuclear Waste Trains Action Group website
Women and Children First! https://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/30/women-children-first-to-be-harmed-by-radiation/
Also see: – http://close-capenhurst.org.uk/?p=745