The Lake District’s Freshwater is “Safeguarding National Security”! Talk at New Horizons in St Annes, Nr Blackpool.

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Many thanks to New Horizons  for inviting Radiation Free Lakeland tomorrow evening.

Doors Open at 7.30 for 8.00pm start – free refreshments

For ten years now Radiation Free Lakeland have been flagging up the nuclear industry’s eyewatering use of our most precious resource,  freshwater.  For ten years the main stream media have shied away from the issue preferring to flag up the freshwater use of fracking which is big and very nasty but on a different scale both in time and quantities .

Despite the nuclear industry insisting that the public should not have access to information on fresh water use for reasons of ‘national security’ we now have a body of documentation from (largely blacked out) Freedom of Information requests and research which shows that the nuclear industry’s freshwater use is on a scale second to none.  The nuclear industry’s abuse of fresh water continues long after other industrys’ have come and gone.

We have been told by diligent fracking activists that the figure from the latest hydraulic fracture plan for Cuadrilla  is up to 31,000 cubic metres of water to frack the first well. This is based on up to 765 cubic metres per stage. The number of stages in the approved fracture plan is 41.  That is a lot, it is too much and must be stopped in its tracks using all means possible.  Flagging up the already monstrous freshwater use by the nuclear industry in the area would be a good item in the fracking activists as well as the nuclear activists tool kit.

Springfields Nuclear Fuels discharges at least 2400 cubic metres A DAY  into the River Ribble.  The fresh water discharge contains chemical and radioactive contamination – but the industry say this is fine as the super large quantities of  fresh water used  “dilute and disperse” the nasties.

Springfields Nuclear Fuels which is slap bang in the middle of Cuadrilla’s fracking plans on the Fylde has recieved no, nada, zilch attention  over its fresh water use.

Tomorrow evening we shall talk about the information we have painstakingly gleaned about Springfields freshwater use along with Sellafield’s.  The front and the back end of the nuclear industry  which are neatly tucked away under a cloak of invisibility in the NW.

This abuse of our fresh water has been going on now since the 1940s.  Who knew?



NEW HORIZONS is based in St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea, Lancashire… at the end of the M55 and supplied with frequent, reliable public transport.

If you come by car…   there’s plenty of free parking – the YMCA and a small public car park, right next to us!

If you come by train… St. Anne’s railway station is just a ten minute walk away.

If you come by bus…   numbers “11” and “68” stop right outside the door.


The Community Centre, St. Alban’s Road, St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea, Lancashire. FY8 1XD

(just to the left of the YMCA… as you can see in the photo, above)


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