BBC on Nuclear Decommissioning (DUMPING) – What a clever piece of misdirection

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There is so much wrong with the BBC’s File on 4 programme that it is difficult to know where to begin.

The narrrator takes us to “Moorside” which is described a a “barren agricultural land” what nonsense this land, ancient hedgerows, river, floodplain and what would be affected coast line/sea has several special designations (including international ones) Marine Conservation Zone, RAMSAR, SSSI, Habitats Directive, All of no consequence apparently when it comes to nuclear who can override such piffling considerations with ‘Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest’ 

According to the nuclear industry spokesman Moorside would produce 20% of the UKs electricity – WHAT!!!  This went unchallenged by the BBC.  Moorside would produce a mere 7% of the UKs electricity and that is a stretch.

The only downside of new build according to the BBC is the finance – what utter nonsense – the profligate finance is the least of it…what about the fact that it is killing us with not only routine releases from reactors but now  accelerating “decommissioning” projects which are finding ever more novel ways to dump radioactive waste into the environment.

The programme focus was on the NDA fudging criteria for contracts which  “robbed” Energy Solutions of the right to dump waste (sorry “decommission waste” ) from a dozen of the UKs first nuclear sites dating back to the 1950s.

An aggrieved Energy Solutions took the NDA to the high court who awarded them £97.3 million in damages.

Readers of this blog may remember that Energy Solutions far from being a responsible company were caught dumping four  bags of radioactive waste, 3 low level and one bag of intermediate level waste into Lillyhall landfill .  In 2008 Lillyhall landfill which been “opened up”  courtesy of a new law (whatever it takes!)   to “High Volume Very Low Level Waste.”   We opposed opening up the landfill for this HVVLLW saying that it was wrong in any event and it would inevitably lead to higher level wastes being dumped “accidently”.  This incident was brought to light in 2010 – how many more unnoticed bags have been dumped?

In 2014 Radiation Free Lakeland wrote to Jamie Reed MP for Copeland

“Dear Jamie Reed MP

Thank you very much for taking the time to speak to members of Radiation Free Lakeland at our Alternative Sellafield Story in Whitehaven.

As promised we are writing to you with information about the flytipping of radioactive waste in Lillyhall Landfill. There has been an unexpected turn of events with the company responsible for nuclear oversight of the landfill, Energy Solutions now planning to sue the government for £200M with regard to not being awarded nuclear “clean up” contracts.

Energy Solutions from Utah are subcontracted by Fomento de Contrucciones y Contratas (FCC) to look after the nuclear aspect of Lillyhall Landfill.

So the company who have not been prosecuted for allowing Sellafield to illegally dump 3 bags of low level and one bag of intermediate waste into Lillyhall are now looking to receive substantial monies off government for breach of contract?

Sellafield WAS fined over £700,000 for illegally flytipping into Lillyhall but of course that money came from the public purse.

Following over 100 letters of concern from his constituents, Tony Cunningham MP for Workington wrote to Secretary of State, Ed Davey asking why the operators of Lillyhall had not been prosecuted while Sellafield has. The reply from Ed Davey is alarming:

“It is important to note that the Environment Agency did not take enforcement action against Waste Recycling Group (WRG) Limited (operators of the landfill at the time.) This was because WRG Limited did not knowingly breach its environmental permit”.

WHAT!! In that case every Tom, Dick and Harry could say they never knowingly breached permits. And in this case Energy Solutions are supposed to be the last line of defence preventing illegal nuclear flytipping.

The use of Lillyhall as a nuclear dumping ground for decommissioned nuclear rubble is bad enough but to allow the operators to get off scott free with dumping even higher activity wastes is more than criminal. What hold have these companies over government? Is it because the government needs these nuclear privateers to carry out “decommissioning” ?

Lillyhall, previously nuclear free, is now classed as a radioactive waste dump with emissions to land and air. The already dangerous practice of dumping in landfill is made even more dangerous by Energy Solutions having allowed Sellafield to dump higher activity waste. The non prosecution of energy Solutions and their contractors FCC sends out the message that companies involved in nuclear waste are untouchable. The landfill operators Energy Solutions and FCC have got off not only scot free but with a license to dump a further 1 million cubic metres or more of radioactive rubble into the landfill’s spare capacity.

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland   “


DECOMMISSIONING MEANS DUMPING in ever more devious ways.  The BBC have whitewashed this inconvenient truth and we are all paying the price in much more dangerous ways than financially.

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