Radioactive Scrap Metal Plant at Workington wants to INCREASE Radioactive effluent – UPDATE 23.3.19 CYCLIFE HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR APPLICATION!

UPDATE as of 23rd March – Cyclife (EDF) radioactive scrap metal ‘recycling’ yard has withdrawn their application to the Environment Agency for an increase in radioactive liquid discharge to the drains at Lillyhall.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).

 

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Radiation Free Lakeland have sent a letter to the Environment Agency and the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate urging them not to reward failings at the Cyclife (EDF) radioactive scrap metal plant at Lillyhall.  Cyclife have asked for an increase to dispose of liquid radioactive discharge to the drain at Lillyhall.  This is due to a fault on the metal containers holding the radioactive scrap metal which has allowed ingress of water.  It is this ingress of contaminated water that Cyclife want to pour down the drain at Lillyhall.
 
Radiation Free Lakeland say in their letter: “Cyclife should not under any circumstances be rewarded for their failure to stop ingress of water into the containers of radioactive scrap metal at Lillyhall.  Rather than being rewarded with an increase in the radioactive discharge to the drains at Lillyhall  Cyclife (EDF) should be prosecuted for their failure to protect the public.”
On 17 Feb 2019, at 21:57, marianne Birkby wrote:
Dear Mr Ainsworth,
 
I would be grateful if you could ensure this reaches the correct department at the EA.
 
I believe the Environment Agency is looking at granting or refusing a permit to EDF regarding the Cyclife radioactive scrap metal plant in Lillyhall. (Cyclife Report Reference TR/MRF/164)Cyclife are asking for a permit to increase the level of liquid radioactive discharge from 500 to 10 million bq. The increase is they say needed because the containers they are using had a fault causing an ingress of water. It is this water that they want to dispose of down the drain. They can already send this liquid waste for incineration. Neither of these options is acceptable.
 
Cyclife should not under any circumstances be rewarded for their failure to stop ingress of water into the containers of radioactive scrap metal at Lillyhall. Rather than being rewarded with an increase in the radioactive discharge to the drains at Lillyhall Cyclife (EDF) should be prosecuted for their failure to protect the public. I was at Lillyhall on the 13th February and saw a water tanker collecting water from a point at the side of the road (photo attached). The contractors said this was freshwater for Workington as there was a problem in the town. The borehole (or mains access point) was very near to the Cyclife plant.
 
Any increase in radioactive liquid emissions to the drains at Lillyhall should be avoided. Right next to Cyclife there is a food processing plant and nearby there is the Lakes College. This would be yet another novel radioactive increase to what was a short time ago a previously nuclear free area. This is not acceptable.
 
Please also see our letter to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate below.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Marianne Birkby
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
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Water being taken from Lillyhall at a point near the Cyclife radioactive scrap metal plant for Workington ‘because there is a problem in town with the water’ on 13th Feb 2019
Subject:Re: COMPLAINT: CYCLIFE UK/EDF (formerly Studsvik) Lllyhall, Workington
Dear 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 Inspectorate
We 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 Council
The 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 within 
containers 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”. 
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 Birkby
On behalf of 
Radiation Free Lakeland

2 thoughts on “Radioactive Scrap Metal Plant at Workington wants to INCREASE Radioactive effluent – UPDATE 23.3.19 CYCLIFE HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR APPLICATION!

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  2. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Great News that following our complaints, Cyclife have withdrawn their application to the Environment Agency to INCREASE Radioactive Liquid Discharge to the Drains at Lillyhall. Now we just have to find out exactly WHERE they are dumping/incinerating their radioactive liquids and solid wastes. This is an ongoing scandal – it is “Decommissioning” in action!

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