UPDATE as of 23rd March – Cyclife (EDF) radioactive scrap metal ‘recycling’ yard has withdrawn their application to the Environment Agency for an increase in radioactive liquid discharge to the drains at Lillyhall. This follows our complaints (see below). The situation is still dire with radioactive wastes (including active laundry) going to Lillyhall for novel ways of “decommissioning” or dispersing Sellafield.
It is called “moving wastes up the waste hierarchy” in other ways finding new ways to ‘dilute’ and dump radioactive wastes into the environment (and us).
Subject:Re: COMPLAINT: CYCLIFE UK/EDF (formerly Studsvik) Lllyhall, WorkingtonDear ONR Enquiries,I would be very grateful if the letter of complaint below to Cumbria County Council could be forwarded to the relevant person at the Nuclear Installations InspectorateWe ask the NII to look into the alleged breaches of planning at the Cyclife Radioactive Metal Recycling Plant.In 2009 we wrote to the NII asking that the Studsvik (now Cylclife) plant should not be given a nuclear license on what was a previously nuclear free area of Cumbria and on a Business site next to food suppliers and schools. A routine audit by the Department for Transport (DfT)on 29-30 June 2010 found “non-conformances relating to design and maintenance controls” for nine radioactive waste containers.This nonchalance towards nuclear safety continues at the plant today with the operators asking the Environment Agency for a vast increase in liquid radioactive emissions to accommodate their leaky containers.The plant should not be rewarded for their incompetence with an increase to their permit. Instead their nuclear license should be stripped altogether and the site returned to non-nuclear use.Extract from our Complaint to Cumbria County CouncilThe increase in the permit for “disposal” to the sewer (or incineration) of 10 million bq from 500 is a huge jump and this should not be allowed to continue over the years to come. The Environment Agency suggest that the operators say this is a polluting one off “disposal” of liquid radioactive wastes to the sewer (this would end up down the Parton pipe line to the Solway) because of faulty containers which have now been fixed?The arrogance of Cyclife over their leaky containers is staggering and should not be rewarded :“An increase in the scope of Schedule 3 with allow Metal Recycling Facility to dispose of volumes of aqueous waste found withincontainers and waste that is accepted on to site for treatment. Cyclife UK Ltd does not knowingly accept radioactive aqueous liquids for treatment or disposal, however, on occaision, wastes or packages do contain small amounts of aqueous liquids through rainwater ingress during storage of the packages on site”So much for Cyclife’s planning application confidently describing “leakproof containers”.Full letter to Cumbria County Council below.We ask that the NII takes action against Cyclife. This site should not be a nuclear licensed site at all, never mind being rewarded for their dangerous failings with ever increasing permissions to dump nuclear wastes to the environment.Yours sincerely,Marianne BirkbyOn behalf ofRadiation Free Lakeland