“Minerals and Waste” Tell Lancashire County Council the home truth: Fracking and Nuclear in Close Proximity are bonkers!

Lancashire County Council are currently consulting on a draft revised local plan for Minerals and Waste.   Please send them a note saying that the close proximity of the already dangerous Springfields Nuclear Fuels to Cuadrilla’s Fracking operations puts people and the environment under serious and cumulative threat of chemical and radiological contamination.  Ask them to look at how they can enact a ban on extractive industries near nuclear installations.

The consultation ends tomorrow on 28 November 2018 and you can send them a direct email

lmwf@lancashire.gov.uk

 

To LCC , Minerals and Waste Consultation


The recent FOI answers from LCC (below) 
regarding the close proximity of Springfields Nuclear Fuels (and its related radioactive landfill at Clifton Marsh) to  Cuadrilla’s operations shows that the precautionary principle has been abandoned on the Fylde.   It is clear that bureaucratic responses are being used to mask the accumulating risks from public view.  These two extreme industries in the same location are inevitably leading up to public health and environmental crises.

It could almost be another Grenfell Tower type situation by bureaucratic default without the public actually understanding or being notified of the reality of the potential risks of uranium hexafluoride, nuclear materials and fracking in such close proximity.    We note that the minerals and Waste Draft Plan says:

“2.1.2 

…..In certain situations the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority may choose to impose conditions on planning permissions restricting permitted development rights or imposing stand off distances for certain high impact operations or sensitive locations.”

We agree that there should be an imposed “stand off distance for high impact operations or sensitive locations”  and would go further to urge that that there should be a blanket ban on new extractive development within 10 miles of dangerous nuclear installations such as Springfields and its related radioactive landfill at Clifton Marsh.

Yours sincerely

Marianne Birkby

Radiation Free Lakeland

 

From: Freedom of Information
Sent: ‎26/‎11/‎2018 16:43

Subject: FOI Request Ref:945.1726 (AA)

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your request for information, made under the provisions of the above Act, please see below our response.

 

I have been further advised that Lancashire County Council LCC is the main body with responsibility for managing offsite nuclear emergencies at Springfields Westinghouse (formerly British Nuclear Fuels) site near the Cuadrilla fracking operations so I am confused as to the suggestion that I should contact Cuadrilla who have no responsibility in this area.

 

Under REPPIR 2001 Lancashire County Council have a statutory duty (Regulation 9) to produce an off-site emergency plan for Springfield’s Fuels.  The off-site emergency plan is an integrated emergency management plan to bring together the emergency arrangements of all the off-site agencies with a role to play in the intervention of a radiation emergency occurring at the premises.
Has there been any co-ordination between LCC and Cuadrilla and have the details been published or independently scrutinised?

 

Please can you clarify the question above. Are there any specific reports between the authority and Cuadrilla you would like to view?

 

Please note all Council decisions can be found in the following link http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/mgDelegatedDecisions.aspx?DS=0&bcr=1


What monitoring checks for toxic radioactive emissions is LCC carrying out in the area?

 

Public Health England is monitoring radon in the local area.  LCC has no statutory duty to monitor radioactivity.


I understand that the atmospheric monitoring stations jointly operated with Cumbria County Council were switched off and mothballed due to central government austerity cuts some years ago. Has funding been reallocated to turn them on again?

 

There were systems in place in the early/mid 90’s between Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cumbria known as ‘Implex’ (each county had its own name for this) however, these became outdated and were never replaced.

 

As far as we are aware under our duties under (REPPIR – Radiation Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulations 2001) there are no short term indications that any funding has been reallocated to support this function.


What independent tests are being carried  out to monitor ground water, water courses and the local estuaries for radioactivity, especially in view of the spate of recent earthquakes triggered by Cuadrilla?

 

Please follow the link for the information you are seeking https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/onshore-oil-and-gas/information-on-cuadrillas-preston-new-road-site/


Can I have a copy of LCC’s risk assessment for visits by schools to Springfields on “educational visits” and for school buses sharing the same narrow country lanes as fracking juggernauts and consignments of toxic radioactive uranium hexafluoride?

 

Schools participating in educational; offsite visits to the Springfield’s site, as with all other venues will produce their own risk assessments. Lancashire County Council do not produce risk assessments, individual schools will do this. Each school will use their own risk management process to address their specific group needs, working alongside the providers site risk assessments for visitors.

 

Please note if you require copies of risk assessments for educational visits to this site you must approach individual schools who are their own data controllers. Contact details can be found in the following link http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=2801&pageid=4661


I would be grateful if full details could be published in the media so that the public can be properly informed about what is happening without their consent.

 

Please can you clarify what information you are seeking.


Would you agree that fracking and coal mining should not take place within ten miles of any existing or proposed nuclear installation for the sake of public health and environmental protection

 

Please note the above is not covered by the Freedom Of Information Act as you are asking for an opinion rather than recorded information held by Lancashire County Council.

 

We apologise for any confusion caused from  the previous response you received from Customer Services.

 

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the team quoting reference number 945.1726 (AA).

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Access Officer

Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

T:  0300 123 6701

W: www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

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