Nuclear: Costing the Earth, Lakes, Rivers and Sea



Nuclear is costing more than £££s.  It costs us our fresh water, our rivers, lakes, our seas, our health.  Many thanks to Cumbria and Lancashire CND for getting this excellent letter into the Lancaster Guardian, Bravo!.


Nuclear is costly.

The rain returned several weeks ago and our gardens and fields have returned to their usual shades of green.

However, United Utilities still finds it necessary to take full-page advertisements urging us all “to use a little less water,” to spend less time in the shower, to turn off the tap when brushing teeth etc.

These are, of course in themselves, laudable actions, but it also seems reasonable to ask ‘Where has all the water gone? ‘  and, subsequently, to speculate that a big part of the answer lies in the enormous quantities of water being extracted from Cumbria’s rivers and lakes to cool and service the many serious hazards that remain at the Sellafield nuclear site, including Building 30.

Thanks to the efforts of Radiation Free Lakeland and their recent Freedom of Information requests , we know that as long ago as 1993, the National Rivers Authority reported that Sellafield used 97M litres of fresh water (25M gallons) a day and that by 2014 according to Sellafield Limited’s own ‘Water Demand Study’ its abstraction of water amounted to a staggering 863 cubic metres per hour.

Philip Gilligan

Cumbria and Lancashire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.






One thought on “Nuclear: Costing the Earth, Lakes, Rivers and Sea

  1. Pingback: Sellafield nuclear site’s water use – a massive drain on Cumbria’s rivers and lakes « nuclear-news

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