Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster.
Members of Radiation Free Lakeland met up with Kazuhiko Kobayashi in 2018 to show him the Sellafield area and he told us that there is money for climate research but not so much for research into the impacts of radiation on our food and health. He is a kind gentle man and he was visibly shocked to see the scale of Sellafield. Kazuhiko broke down in tears within the shadow of Sellafield, at the impacts the nuclear industry is having on our children’s health. His passionate opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weapons, his work for change and to help those impacted, is an inspiration.
Kazuhiko has organised respite for children and families who have been impacted by the ongoing Fukushima disaster.
Earthquakes in the Fukushima area are frequent and last year “Despite reassurances from officials, many residents on the coast evacuated their homes and headed for higher ground, Japanese news agency Kyodo reports.”Even if people say we don’t need to worry about a tsunami, I won’t buy it,” one 50-year-old man told the publication. “I learned from my bitter experience 10 years ago, and that’s why I evacuated.”
On the same day as the anniversary of Fukushima the “Mid-Copeland Community (Siting) Partnership” of a few interested parties ( £1 Million to the “community” for every year of interest) held a “drop in” at Drigg with Public Relations experts encouraging locals to say yes to the deep geological “disposal” of High Level Nuclear Wastes. Under the Irish Sea is in the frame. Supporters of Lakes Against Nuclear Dump, a Radiation Free Lakeland campaign went along to take a stand against the plan.
The police and ‘security’ outnumbered those who were there to oppose the plans. Detailed questions by members of the public and locals were responded to with for example the question of boreholes already drilled at Drigg for the bright idea of Near Surface Disposal of Intermediate Level Wastes – “thats nothing to do with us” or Where is the West Cumbria Aquifer in relation to the Near Surface and Geological Disposal plans “we don’t know – you will have to ask a geologist.”
There was on the same day a protest about the coal mine – not ever mentioned by the press at all is the fact that the CEO of the coal mine is putting together costings for Near Surface Disposal of Intermediate Level Wastes and Geological Disposal of High Level Wastes.
Despite the Low Level (Nuclear) Waste Repository at Drigg being in a very vulnerable position on the shifting sands of the West Cumbria Coast, Nuclear Waste Services have drilled 16 research boreholes for Near Surface Disposal of Intermediate Level Wastes. This, taken to its diabolic conclusion in the plans outlined by Government would be the onshore facility Gateway to a subsea Geological Disposal Facility for High Level Nuclear Wastes. There is a slow motion nuclear war ongoing on the West Cumbrian Coast. It is Beyond Time to call a halt and a moratorium on the NSD/GDF plans.