Letter sent today to all Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee members.
Dear Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee,
Radiation Free Lakeland are a voluntary group with supporters in Cumbria and Lancashire and we are writing to you to oppose the two applications for fracking you are considering tomorrow.
Both Lancashire and Cumbria already have an intolerable burden of accumulating radioactive wastes from the nuclear industry without adding fracking wastes to the mix. Tommorrow you will receive copies of 101 letters from people in both Cumbria and Lancashire asking that these two county councils get together to reinstate independent radiation monitoring.
We applaud Cumbria County Council’s opposition to geological disposal of nuclear wastes. However the support for new nuclear build and the accelerating dispersal of radioactive wastes from the nuclear industry by novel routes is already a very real and present threat to the people of the North West. Without adding Fracking to the toxic mix, there is already an escalation of risk to the public with:
Proposed accelerated imports of Uranium Hexaflouride for new nuclear reactors.
Uranium Enrichment at Capenhurst in Cheshire.
Fuel manufacture at Springfields in Preston.
At each stage there is dispersal of radioactive waste to the environment: to air, to landfill to watercourses eg the River Ribble.
At the same time as the acceleration of radioactivity to the environment is increasing the health risk to the people of the North West, there is an abdication of responsibility for that risk. We ask that Lancashire County Council take responsibility and
Refuse all applications for fracking
Reintroduce independent radioactive monitoring in Lancashire of the kind Lancashire County Council (Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire) did up until it was scrapped due to Council cuts a few years ago.
Correspondence with Lancashire County Council’s Chief Scientist
From: ENV Lancashire County Scientific Services email@example.com Date: 31 March 2014 14:44:29 BST To: ‘marianne Birkby’
Subject: RE: RADMIL
Dear Ms Birkby
The decision to discontinue radiation monitoring was taken about three years ago by the Lancashire Chief Environmental Health Officers group. This was mainly due to budgetary pressure and the recognition that the background levels of radiation were very well established.
It was also decided that the remaining equipment would be held by Lancashire County Scientific Services and maintained in good working order in case it might assist in the recovery phase of an nuclear incident.
As the pressures on budgets have not eased I cannot see RADMIL being reinstated in the foreseeable future.
I hope this answers your question adequately. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Andrew Smith, BSc., PhD., M.Chem.A., C.Sci., C.Chem., M.R.S.C.
Lancashire County Council County Scientific Services Pedders Way Riversway Docklands Preston PR2 2TX Tel: 01772 721660 (Office)
Every paper this week in Cumbria has a double page spread about the plan to build 3 diabolic reactors on ancient green fields and hedgerows .
The nuclear industry and their government cronies have done everything in their power to steamroller Cumbria down this vicious radioactive route. But still that is not enough for them. They are lying to Cumbrians about the amount of electricity these 3 untried untested “Chernobyl on steroids” reactors would produce.
The double page advertorials printed in every local newspaper proclaim that
“NuGen’s Moorside Project aims to provide approximately 7% of the UK’s current energy requirement.”
This is a blatant lie
If NuGen do not know the difference between electricity and energy then why should we believe their other blatant lies that this will be “safe” “low carbon” and the biggest lie of all is the pretence that nuclear is not killing us with increasing radiation linked diseases.
Cumbrians Wake Up – don’t rely on Radiation Free Lakeland to counter the lies and oppose this poisoning of our land and our DNA.
You are the Resistance!
Mobilise to Stop Moorside –
Petition: there is a petition which has not had the benefit of double page advertorials or any media publicity but has already gathered 7167 signatures.
Write to Open Spaces, the NFU, Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, The Scottish Parliament, The Irish Parliament, Norway – all those who would be disastrously impacted on by this development (everyone!) and urge them to OPPOSE. The consultation by the developers does not allow for opposition it is designed like an old fashioned mangle to pull you along in one direction with no means of disengagement. The only sane option is for people to create their own platforms and OPPOSE.
A. P. Fraser Harris, C. I. McDermott, O. Kolditz, R. S. Haszeldine
Environ Earth Sci
“Substantial heating reduces fluid density and dynamic viscosity. Groundwater flows upwards through permeable damage zones of high-angle faults and increases natural velocity by 1.5×. Elevated groundwater temperatures are predicted at the surface in just hundreds of years. Travel times for conservative chemical species from the hypothetical repository to the St. Bees Sandstone aquifer are reduced by over one-third if engineered barriers fail at the point of containment, and remain reduced by hundreds of years for particles released thousands of years after containment. ……It is necessary to model heat advection and faults at fractured sites”.
This paper suggests that the UK Government modelling of deep groundwater flow appears to have ignored the heat effects. These would be especially important in a repository where co-disposal of high-level waste and spent fuel is envisaged with intermediate level waste. Remember the Nirex Inquiry turned down the 1997 push for a dump for intermediate level wastes because Cumbria’s geology is too complex, now the plan is for heat generating wastes to be included.
The very clear conclusion from this new independent scientific paper from highly respected Professors is that heat is an extremely important factor to simulate.
It is remarkable that none of the official modelling of radwaste disposal in the UK seems to have included the effect of heat influencing groundwater flow. Extra heat from waste warms the water, and reduces viscosity as well as reducing density.
Consequently, the travel time of groundwater from close to the repository to
reach the overlying aquifers, is reduced from tens of thousands of years to hundreds of years (or less!!!)
Correspondence below with Rheged’s Sarah Dunning . Rheged will once again greenwash the Nuclear Industry’s Low Level Waste Conference despite the increasing and accelerating dumping of radioactive wastes into Cumbrian soil, air and water
Nuclear Industry Low Level Waste Conference at Rheged
Thank you for the quick reply. Your support of hill farming and the artisan food industry is much appreciated and well respected. The nuclear industry’s ambitions are however incompatible with Cumbria’s essential role as provider of good food and essential fresh water to for example Manchester.
To be neutral on this issue is rather like claiming neutrality in the taking of land from the American Indians. Only one side has the power and the weight of unjust newly minted laws and “stakeholder” treaties. Perhaps to even things up the £profits from the Low Level Waste Conference should be given to campaigners? This would enable a counter Low Level Waste Conference at Rheged. One that opposes the dispersal of radioactive wastes to the environment.
In the Lost Kingdom of Rheged our ancestors took time to search for a home with fresh clean water, life giving soil and bountiful seas.
Incredibly on the same day we wrote to you, the Nuclear Free Local Authorities wrote with their opposition to the nuclear industry’s escalating dispersal of wastes to the environment. http://www.nuclearpolicy.info/docs/news/NFLA_UK_LLW_response.pdf“Low-level waste management in the UK is in crisis. The total quantity oflow level radioactive waste existing, or forecast to be created, isgreater than the total amount of existing disposal capacity. Theconstruction and operation of new nuclear power stations will only makematters worse – one of the reasons why NFLA opposes new nuclear build. Theexisting low level waste dump near Sellafield is virtually certain to beeroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast withlarge amounts of radioactive waste at some point over the next few hundredyears.The industry is managing to hide this crisis for the time-being bydispersing radioactive waste around the country. Spreading around the UKradioactive waste previously destined to be disposed of in the engineeredfacility near Sellafield, is liable to increase the UK population‟scollective dose and therefore increase the risk of cancer and other healthproblems.Despite the volumes of LLW likely to arise and the future problems ofcoastal erosion at the existing dump near Sellafield, the Low Level WasteRepository Ltd (LLWR Ltd) hopes to eliminate the need for a secondnational repository and close the existing repository in 2079 bydeveloping new routes for different types of LLW, to enable them to bediverted from the LLWR”.
Cumbria is bearing the poisonous brunt of this dispersal. To give some examples;
Radioactive Scrap Metal – tonnes of it released onto the open market http://www.ccnr.org/essay_radwaste_recycling.pdf Rheged is providing the industry with a respectable greenwash for all this abuse of our land by hosting The Low Level Waste Conference
with best wishes
Marianne Marianne Birkby on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
> Dear Marianne >
> Thank you for taking the time to write. I appreciate and respect your
> particular line and if it’s ok, I’ll take a moment to explain ours.
> > You are right to say that we are a business with principles. For example,
> we are committed to a particular food approach in our business which > supports the hill farming and artisan food industries. In these instances,
> we work hard to champion these causes and to do what we can to support > these industries. > > There are other industries however, where as a business we take a neutral > position and this is one of those. I fully appreciate this doesn’t > correlate with your own position, but in this instance we may have to > agree to take different lines. > > I hope this clarifies the matter for you. >
> All the best, Sarah Dunning > CEO Westmorland Family >
> Dear Ms Dunning >
> Apologies for the longish letter ( It has been cut down!) > > The Westmorland Family are well known and quite rightly highly respected > for the championing of excellent local food and produce. It was really > surprising therefore to see that Westmorland Family have aligned > themselves so closely with the current agenda of the Nuclear Industry > which is to facilitate production of ever more nuclear wastes and their > dispersal to the environment under the guise of “management.” > > Rheged is to host the Low Level Waste 2015 Conference. This Conference > organised by the Nuclear Institute, the promotional arm of the industry, > sounds innocuous enough. > > For example “Minimising Low Level Waste” sounds great. It sounds as > though the Low Level Waste being produced is to be decreased. The reality > however is that the industry is escalating the dispersal of waste from > existing nuclear sites and has colluded with government to reclassify > wastes as “exempt” meaning that they can be dumped in Cumbrian landfill. >
> Energy Solutions from Utah are subcontracted by Fomento de Contrucciones y > Contratas (FCC) to look after the nuclear aspect of Lillyhall Landfill. > Having engineered the novel dumping of “exempt” waste, in 2010 Energy > Solutions and FCC allowed Sellafield to dump 3 bags of low level and one > bag of intermediate waste into Lillyhall. The cause was a faulty gieger > counter at Sellafield which was discovered by accident. > > There are no checks once the “exempt” waste reaches Lillyhall. Not one > company operating Lillyhall landfill has been prosecuted for allowing > Sellafield to illegally dump 3 bags of low level and one bag of > intermediate waste into the Cumbrian landfill. Lillyhall is a landfill > which was, previous to the 2008 “exempt” law, free of man made nuclear > wastes. > Sellafield WAS fined over Â£700,000 for illegally flytipping into > Lillyhall but of course that money came from the public purse.
> > Following over 100 letters of concern from his constituents, Tony > Cunningham MP for Workington wrote to Secretary of State, Ed Davey asking > why the operators of Lillyhall had not been prosecuted while Sellafield > has. The reply from Ed Davey (attached) is alarming: > “It is important to note that the Environment Agency did not take > enforcement action against Waste Recycling Group (WRG) Limited (operators > of the landfill at the time.) This was because WRG Limited did not > knowingly breach its environmental permit”. > > In that case every Tom, Dick and Harry could say they never knowingly > breached permits. And in this case Energy Solutions are supposed to be the > last line of defence preventing illegal nuclear flytipping.
> > Also concerning is that the Secretary of State, Ed Davey’s facts are plain > wrong – he tells Tony Cunningham MP that Waste Recyling Group were > operators of the landfill at the time (of the illegal nuclear > flytipping). > FCC took over Waste Recycling Group in 2006, the illegal nuclear > flytipping took place in 2010. > > The government’s pro nuclear agenda needs these nuclear privateers > attending the Rheged Low Level Waste Conference to continue to carry out > “decommissioning.” Or in other words to disperse radioactive waste to the > environment, clearing the decks for the production of ever more waste. > > Lillyhall, previously nuclear free, is now classed as a radioactive waste > dump with emissions to land, groundwater and air.
The already dangerous > practice of dumping in landfill is made even more dangerous by Energy > Solutions having allowed Sellafield to dump higher activity waste. The > non-prosecution of Energy Solutions and their contractors FCC sends out > the message that companies involved in nuclear waste are like mafia, > untouchable. This message is endorsed by the Westmorland Family and > others who should be making a stand against the fast escalating > nuclearisation of Cumbria. The landfill operators Energy Solutions and > FCC have got off not only scot free but with a license to dump a further 1 > million cubic metres or more of radioactive rubble into the landfill’s > “spare” capacity. > > > Please hand the money back and refuse the use of Rheged as a venue for > this contrick of a shindig and conference. As long as the industry > insists on novel ways of dumping waste into the environment instead of > containing it on existing sites, the Low Level Waste Conference is a means > to poison us all.
> > 55 Years ago the then President of America, John F Kennedy said: > “Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically > – is poison. there is no amount of radiation so small that it has no ill > effects at all on anybody. There is, actually no such thing as a minimum > permissible dose.” > > Yours sincerely,
> > Marianne Birkby > On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland
Exactly a month ago on November 4th, Radiation Free Lakeland invited Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Lake District and the RSPB to join us on a walk to have a look at the wildlife on Greenmoorside.
Friends of the Lake District said they were waiting for the consultation from the developers, while Cumbria Wildlife Trust never replied.
The RSPB’s Jeremy Sutton did come along and generously offered help and advice but wouldn’t go as far as saying the RSPB would oppose. He said that even if they did oppose they could not afford going to public inquiry. This we find worrying. For the RSPB to oppose in any event they say, they would need evidence of for example large numbers of overwintering birds or rare species such as hen harriers. Jeremy Sutton did say that the area is wildlife diverse.
The area includes the River Ehen, an SSSI and the waste would discharge to increasingly threatened marine environments such as the Duddon Estuary, The Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay
I took some notes of what was said….
1. Difficult to see how the area of farmland, shore, woodland copse,
hedgerow can be described as “brownfield” by the developers
2. The area has a good diversity of wildlife – this could be improved further with
management for wildlife.
(Wildlife using and dependent on the proposed 199 hectare Moorside site
includes increasingly threatened species such as Lapwing, Dunlin,
Sedgewarbler, Northern Pintail, Sandwich Tern, Knot and Curlew. There is a
thriving population of roe deer, which often share pasture with the herd
of beef cattle. The shoreline and marine environment is already stressed
with pressure from Sellafield reprocessing. This would be exacerbated many
times over should Moorside go ahead).
3. The area could be a buffer zone around Sellafield which has already
contaminated the groundwater outside of the site
4. The river Ehen would be impacted on as it discharges to the Irish Sea, negating all the good work to protect river quality higher up towards Ennerdale.
PLEASE WRITE TO THE RSPB asking them to oppose Moorside – a public statement £costing them nothing- would be of significance.
Today an anti fracking colleague pointed us to the Environmental Permitting issued by the Environment Agency for radioactive wastes the fracking company Cuadrilla wants to bring up out of boreholes and dump into the environment. This is beyond scandalous. But it got me thinking about the 100 boreholes that have already started being bored into the land around Sellafield. If there are any Environmental Permits then the Environment Agency aren’t making them easy to find. And where will the radioactive plutonium and caesium brought up out of the contaminated ground next to Sellafield go? How will the use of explosives for borehole drilling affect the nearby crumbling Sellafield waste ponds?
Fracking brings up Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials – which is nasty carcinogenic stuff.
But the stuff about to be brought out of the contaminated ground next to Sellafield is far worse and yet …..WHY IS NO ONE SHOUTING?
It is goose bump making to see the Friends of the Lake District and others putting so much effort into the pylon consultation. The pylon consultation is just a means to push along this diabolic plan for 3 dangerous reactors next to the most dangerous pile of radioactive wastes in the world.
The pylons WILL NOT GO AHEAD if Moorside is stopped, we know this because the National Grid told us so. So why aren’t Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and other groups working to Stop Moorside instead of faffing about with pylons? They say they are waiting for the developers consultation on Moorside (actually Greenmoorside and Peterburgh farm )
– they might as well say they are waiting for the Titanic to set sail.
While the local Cumbrian papers remain schtum and are wondering how best to report on the shocking Sellafield photographs, the Irish Mirror, not in the pay of Sellafield is free to say it like it is…..
“Sellafield Safety Shocker: Nuclear waste abandoned 40 years ago lies in rotting containers open to the elements…
Oct 31, 2014 06:00 By Pat Flanagan
Whistle-blower’s photos lay bare risk of disaster as expert warns it’s another Fukushima waiting to happen.
Abandoned nuclear waste lying in rotting containers in decaying tanks which are open to the elements
These photos of highly radioactive waste in crumbling ponds proves Sellafield is a Fukushima-like nuclear disaster waiting to happen on our doorstep.
These alarming images show nuclear waste abandoned 40 years ago lying in rotting containers in decaying tanks which are open to the elements.
While Sellafield portrays itself as a modern facility using latest technology the photos paint a picture of wanton neglect and reckless management of the most toxic substance ever created.
The images were leaked by a concerned worker who wanted the world to know parts of the plant – which is nearly 70 years old – are falling apart.
Rusty and corroded pipes and tanks at Sellafield
The concrete walls of tanks where waste was abandoned in the 1970s are crumbling raising fears of a nuclear catastrophe just 200km from Dublin.
If the ponds drain, the spent fuel can spontaneously ignite spreading radiation over a wide area.
Such a disaster would call for mass evacuations along our east coast and a Chernobyl-like permanent exclusion zone in contaminated areas.
Sitting ducks..one of the abandoned nuclear ponds at Sellafield
Nuclear exert John Large fears a massive radioactive leak.
He told The Ecologist website: “Looking at the photos I’m very disturbed at the degraded and rundown condition of the structures and support services. In my opinion there is a significant risk the system could fail.
“I’d say there’s many hundreds of tonnes in there. It could give rise to a very big radioactive release.
“It’s not for me to make comparisons with Chernobyl or Fukushima, but it could certainly cause serious contamination over a wide area and for a very long time.”
The alarming photos show cracked concrete tanks half-full of water contaminated with high levels of radiation.
On the walkways around the tanks lies a dangerous mess of discarded pipes and equipment while weeds grow from crevices in the cracked concrete.
Alarm bells…Corroded pipes at Sellafield Nuclear Plant
Seagulls regularly land in the deadly contaminated water and carry it on their bodies when they fly off.
In one picture a gull has made its nest a metre above the radioactive soup.
Radiation Free Lakeland will be launching the report on 26th Sept at the
Beckermet Pylon Consultation from 1-2.
Please join us if you can – we will then walk for a few miles or so around the
‘Moorside’ site (actually called Greenmoorside).
The Cooling Towers for AP1000 reactors under construction in America and China are 600ft to 800ft high. This is many times higher than any existing
building in Cumbria and more than double the height of the now demolished Calder Hall cooling towers. The largest pylons for example would be 152ft.
Radioactively contaminated seawater would be drawn from the Irish Sea for cooling. Deposition from vapours and particulate matter emissions from cooling towers would fall on Lakeland. The visible vapor plumes
associated with cooling towers can rise more than 5,000 feet above the towers (ie above the Lakeland fells) and extend as far as 9 miles downwind.
The river Ehen meanders through National Trust land from Ennerdale to the final reaches at the proposed Moorside site. Fresh Water Pearl Mussels and
other endangered species are under direct threat as a result of the Moorside proposal.
NUGEN are disingenuously describing this beautiful 500 acre area of West Cumbria as
“a brownfield site.” We wonder how much more of Cumbria will be described as “brownfield” should Moorside go ahead?
Radiation Free Lakeland have sent the report to movers and shakers such as the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria Wildlife
Trust, all of whom are taking part in the Pylon CONsultation while Saying NOWT about the biggest nuclear development in Europe.
While the press and social media is full of the latest craze the ultimate ice bucket challenge goes on unnoticed.
This ice bucket challenge happens over 4 million times a day with gallon buckets of water being chucked over nuclear waste at Sellafield. The water is the best, coolest and freshest there is.
It comes from Britain’s Favourite View, Wastwater. A lake held in perpetual slavery to the nuclear industry, echoing the fate of the people of Cumbria. The domestic water for people in West Cumbria is increasingly being sourced by United Utilities from bore holes while Sellafield has exclusive rights to the pristine cool fresh water of Wastwater.
The current craze for Ice Bucket Challenge has done a fantastic job of raising awareness and money for Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) . Motor Neuron is one of the host of diseases linked to exposure to radiation.
The real ice bucket challenge must surely be to make sure that the nuclear industry contains its radioactive emissions and that no more waste is produced?
There is not enough water even in England’s largest, coolest deepest lake to cool the heels of an out of control and expanding nuclear industry. The Ice Bucket challenge gives a short sharp shock that we soon recover from. Meanwhile there is a tipping point from which our DNA cannot recover with the ongoing assault from the nuclear industry.
A petition has been set up to STOP MOORSIDE, described by the industry as “the biggest nuclear development in Europe” Despite having no solution to the problem of nuclear waste our government is hell bent on trashing a large swathe of Cumbria in order to build new nuclear reactors. To quote Michael Meacher MP: “We need new nuclear like we need a hole in the head!”
We urge David Cameron and the leaders of Europe to scrap plans for Moorside. The UK Government is planning to sell a vast area of Cumbria to the same companies responsible for the Fukushima disaster, so that they can build new nuclear reactors. Please don’t risk the safety of Europe by turning Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.
Why is this important?
Cumbria already has Sellafield. The Sellafield site has the biggest amount of radioactivity on the planet. A major accident involving the liquid high level waste tanks would have catastrophic consequences and make the area uninhabitable for many generations. The area around the Sellafield site should be an untouchable buffer zone to:
a) provide a measure of safety for surrounding towns and villages
b) to accommodate the documented leakage of radiation from the Sellafield site into groundwater.
c) to minimise the target area for terrorist attack (instead of doubling it)
Instead of honouring a beautiful wildlife diverse landscape bought by the public purse and guaranteeing a buffer zone around Sellafield the UK government are planning to sell off a vast area. The land stretches to the villages of Beckermet, Braystones and Calder Bridge. Not only this but the companies who are being wooed to buy the land are the very same companies responsible for Fukushima.
“The Moorside Project” is being promoted by NUGEN a company 60% owned by Toshiba.
Toshiba’s proposed three new reactors are AP1000s. These are the next generation of the same old uranium burning technology. The difference is that these reactors burn the uranium for longer and harder. The resulting radioactive wastes are much hotter and have to be cooled for decades longer. The NDA have told Radiation Free Lakeland that the fresh water resource for cooling is “a matter for the operators.” Currently Sellafield uses over 4 million gallons of water daily to abstracted from Wastwater, the River Ehen, the River Calder and boreholes in the area. Sellafield stopped producing electricity in 2003.
The elephant in the room is of course Toshiba’s track record in nuclear safety. Toshiba supplied the steam generator, architecture and reactor for Fukushima reactors numbers 3 and 5 Hitachi (merged with Toshiba) supplied the reactor, steam generator and architecture for Fukushima reactor no 4.