Bravo to anti-fracking campaigners for getting an interim injunction on fracking at PNR on safety and the lack of evacuation plans.
We have sent a letter to Springfields, the UKs nuclear fuel manufacturing plant as the safety concerns overlap and are magnified with these two industries in such close proximity.
Dear Springfields Fuels, Westinghouse,
We see that there there has been an injunction on fracking at PNR as there is no Emergency Evacuation Plan for the public.
Please could you send us the Emergency Evacuation Plan for the public in the vicinity of Springfields Fuels?
There is conflicting Evacuation advice for Springfields Fuels from Westinghouse on signage at the Lancaster Canal. The canal is adjacent to Springfields. The signs, which are a few feet from each other contradict themselves saying ‘ if you hear the Springfields siren move away from the area as quickly as possible, and other signs say ‘Go inside your boat..tune in to local radio and wait to be told what to do’. Which is it? Many people using the canal have no idea at all that “Springfields Fuels” is the UKs only nuclear fuel manufacturing site, housing enriched uranium. Many families enjoying this stretch of the Lancaster Canal would not appreciate the seriousness of the siren. The word ‘NUCLEAR’ has long since been dropped from Springfields (Nuclear) Fuels.
We note that the area that Cuadrilla HGVs will be/are travelling on overlap with HGVs carrying chemical and radiological cargoes to and from Springfields. We have witnessed containers of uranium hexafluoride going into the Springfields site and Cuadrilla HGVs on the same rural roads the same day at the same times.
In the exact same area of the Fylde there is planned to be a massive number of fracking HGVs alongside a “nuclear renaissance” (Springfields is 5.6 miles from PNR and 3 miles from Roseacre Wood). The plan is for ever more enriched uranium for new “high burn” nuclear fuels made at Springfields to fuel the UKs new reactors. This magnifies many times over on these rural Fylde roads, the likelihood of offsite accident and rupture of containers of Uranium hexafluoride or breaches of dangerous nuclear materials. We note that the offsite emergency used as an example by the Office for Nuclear Regulation for the Springfields Emergency Preparedness plan, is the rupture of a uranium hexafluoride container onsite, which has radiological and chemical consequences offsite.
1. We would be grateful for sight of the Emergency Evacuation Plan for the Public for Springfields. We have seen the latest Offsite Emergency Preparedness Plan and there is no mention of Evacuation.
2. Is the close proximity of Cuadrillas fracking operations either side of the Springfields site a concern for Springfields Nuclear fuels?
3. Is there to be an updated Emergency Evacuation Plan for the Public as a result of Cuadrillas operations in such close proximity to the Springfields Nuclear Fuels site?
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland