Bribing a declining rural community – into taking in nuclear waste

In Canada Communities and Local Organisations are Bribed to Turn a Blind Eye to Nuclear Waste Dumping – A Familiar Scenario We Know All Too Well Here in Cumbria – Its Not A Bribe they say Its a “Goodwill Gesture”


Goodwill’ money from proposed nuclear waste site pours into declining Ontario farm town. What if it stops? 
Colin Butler · CBC News ·May 07, 2021 A citizens’ group is accusing Canada’s nuclear industry of using its financial might to groom a declining Ontario farm community into becoming a willing host for the country’s most dangerous radioactive waste. 

In a pamphlet about the proposed disposal site that was published last year,the Ontario municipality of South Bruce —which encompasses the farming communities ofTeeswater, Mildmay, Formosa and Salem—says it’s “on the decline.”

The pamphlet tells of a shrinking population, where rural towns and village “downtowns are fading from what they used to be,” with vacant store windows, big infrastructure bills and few prospects for new economic growth.

Protecting Our Waterways –No Nuclear Waste, agrassroots citizens’ group, accusesthe Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) of taking advantage of the decline byspending millions of dollars on “goodwill” projects the community…

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As Cumbria County Council Withdraw Their Support for the Coal Mine, We Expose the Public Inquiry as a “Farce”

Farce “a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterisation and ludicrously improbable situations.”

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Theatre Farce (Petrov-Vodkin)

We have called upon Tim Farron MP to ask that Government scrap the farcical Public Inquiry and puts an immediate Block on the Secretive WCM Coal Authority Licences.

Dear Tim,

As the only MP in the County strongly opposing the coal mine you will no doubt join Radiation Free Lakeland’s delight that the County Council has withdrawn its support for the mine and will not now provide any witnesses or evidence to the public inquiry (scheduled for September). 

As nuclear safety campaigners we have long held the belief that we had far more likelihood of persuading the Council to overturn their approval than government who have such vested interests in West Cumbria Mining’s expertise with regards the Critical National Infrastructure project of deep ‘disposal’ of heat generating nuclear wastes.

We now know the public inquiry is a farce. A farce because the County Council’s decision to approve…

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Risk To Sellafield from the Coal Mine is ‘extremely low’ say the Office for Nuclear Regulation as Another Pig Flies By.

Shape of things to come? Since 2017 Radiation Free Lakeland have been asking questions about the risks to Sellafield from the proposed coal mine. The replies from the top regulators Office for Nuclear Regulation are deeply unimpressive and in many respects deeply uninformed and just plain wrong for instance they accepted advice that the water …

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Planning Inquiry told Cumbria County Council were Misled on Fresh Water Usage and Impacts of Cumbria Coal Mine

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Sellafield Outlying Planning Zone

Memorandum attached to our Evidence to the Public Inquiry. 

5/5/21  Memorandum from Radiation Free Lakeland

Applicant’s name: West Cumbria Mining Ltd

Call-in reference: APP/H0900/V/21/3271069


We would like to make it clear regarding the Byerstead Fault that County Councillors were, as far as we can see, not properly appraised of West Cumbria Mining’s profligate need for fresh water and what the likely impacts of such a huge, ongoing withdrawal of groundwater from the area would be.

We note that the developer’s “Project Description” predicts water usage at 261m3/h. Rather conveniently the water ‘available’( largely from the Byerstead Fault and newly mined voids) is stated as being 262 m3/h.   This is an enormous amount of water and would inevitably impact  groundwater and geology.   This was not discussed at all by councillors who were satisfied with the developer’s assurances that 98 m3/h of the water…

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Powerful Letter to the Cumbria Coal Mine Public Inquiry from Whitehaven

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The following letter is reproduced here with kind permission of the author. Please, if you are drinking bottled water in Whitehaven and surrounding area, do write urgently before May 6th to the Planning Inquiry opposing the coal mine. The water in West Cumbria is already intolerably stressed without a coal mine abstracting 148 cubic metres every single hour from ground water through the Byerstead Fault. This is unacceptable even if West Cumbria’s drinking water situation was not already stressed.

Image from – “Project Description” – West Cumbria Mining

Sent by Email:

Applicant’s name: West Cumbria Mining Ltd

Call-in reference: APP/H0900/V/21/3271069

“To whom it may concern,

I have been reading about the new proposed coal mine in West Cumbria and I need to put in my penny worth.

I have been fighting for four years now to have the boreholes, the water of which is mixed with the residents’ tap…

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Evidence Sent to the Public Inquiry – Please Send Your Own in Before May 6th

Here is Radiation Free Lakeland’s Evidence to the Public Inquiry on the Coal Mine – please do use as inspiration for your own letters – to be sent before May 6th

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Dear Friends,

below is our evidence to the public inquiry – please do use this as inspiration for your own letters to the planning inspectorate.

Our evidence is not a full list by any means – for example we havn’t mentioned the re-routing of the Wainwright Coast to Coast or the fact that this area is the last breeding place of in England of the black guillemot.

In conclusion we have said :

Radiation Free Lakeland strongly urge the Planning Inspector to consider issues which he may initially have felt were outside the scope of this Inquiry but which have been central to our concerns from the outset. Issues including nuclear safety and drinking water quality. Issues which may in the final analysis be of even more overwhelming concern than climate impacts. Nuclear impacts would be catastrophic for the immediate and long term future and viability of not only…

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Top Trump Cronies: Nuclear Waste and the UK’s First Deep Coal Mine in 30 years.

This article is from our dedicated Lakes Against Nuclear Dump campaign website. Image from "The Pit and the Polar Bear." Coal Boss, Mark Kirkbride Welcomed to HM Govnt's Deep Nuclear Dump Planning Dept. Lucrative Govnt contracts guaranteed for Critical National Infrastructure plan of a Geological Nuclear Dump - worth £Billions to business interests Top Tier …

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Trudy Harrison MP on the Coal Mine, New Nuclear and the London XR protests

Biggest Steel Structure in the World In the 35th anniversary week of the ongoing Chernobyl disaster Mrs Harrison said in commenting on the Extinction Rebellion protests in London: “It’s why I’m the greatest advocate of nuclear as a real solution producing the essential, reliable baseload power to supplement renewable generation. To give an idea, …

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The Chernobyl story continues

Living With Chernobyl: Personal stories from the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Presented by Greater Manchester CND, Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK), Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Beyond Nuclear

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 17:00 BST

The event features a moderated round table discussion with guests, followed by an audience Q&A.


Maxine Peake, reading excerpts from Svetlana Alexeivich’s Nobel Prize winning Oral History ‘Chernobyl Prayer / Voices from Chernobyl’. Peake is an English stage, film and television actor known for Dinnerladies, Shameless and Silk. The reading is part of a simultaneous public reading by women around the world.

Kate Brown, Author of ‘Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future’. Brown is a Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Darragh McKeon, Author of the novel ‘All that is Solid Melts into Air’. McKeon is an Irish writer and theatre director based in County Clare, Ireland.

Linda Walker, Executive Director of Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK). Walker’s organisation supports children and young people with cancer or disabilities in Belarus.

In conversation with Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear (US)

Q&A moderated by Jacqui Burke, Greater Manchester & District CND (UK)

This is a Free Event


Chernobyl: The next phase Axel  Reiserer, 23 Apr 2021

At 01:23:40 on 26 April 1986, the failure of a routine test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant inUkraine, then part of the Soviet Union, caused reactor 4 to explode, releasing parts of its radioactive core. It was the worst nuclear accident the world had ever seen, with far-reaching political, economic and ecological consequences. Thirty-five years on,Chernobylis still as well-known as it was a generation ago.

Fires broke out, causing the main release of radioactivity into the environment. Wind carried contaminated particles over Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, as well as parts of Scandinavia and wider Europe. The 50,000 inhabitants of the adjacent town of Pripyat were evacuated, never to return.

The accident destroyed reactor 4, killing 30 operators and firemen within three months and causing numerous other deaths in weeks and months that…

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