AUSTRIA THANKS CUMBRIANS FOR RESISTANCE TO MOORSIDE – NO ITS NOT THE PYLONS THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT……

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PRESS NOTICE RADIATION FREE LAKELAND 7.12.16

AUSTRIA THANKS RADIATION FREE LAKELAND

FOR OPPOSING THE BIGGEST NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT IN EUROPE

Cumbrian nuclear safety group Radiation Free Lakeland have received a letter of thanks from Austria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

The letter states: “In the name of the Federal Chancellor we want to thank you for your commitment regarding the nuclear power plant in Moorside. Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy to ensure the sustainability of energy supply and critically engage themselves in social, economic and political issues.

As you might know, Austria has already expressed its opposition to the use of nuclear energy within a referendum in1978 and is also going to adhere to a policy in favour of a global shift away from this form of energy generation in the future. For the Austrian Federal Government it is clear that alternative forms of energy are worth of promotion.”

The letter of thanks to the Cumbrian group is in response to the report commissioned by Radiation Free Lakeland and written by the by Edinburgh Energy and Environment Consultancy. The report, which describes the Moorside reactor design as “dangerous and not fit for purpose” was made possible through crowd funding.  Radiation Free Lakeland have raised almost £4000 specifically to produce a body of independent evidence regarding the Moorside plan. The report concludes that: “The AP1000 advanced passive nuclear reactor design has a weaker containment, and fewer back-up safety systems than current reactor designs. Its so-called advanced passive design make the reactor particularly vulnerable to a very large release of radioactivity following an accident if there were just a small failure in the steel containment vessel, due to the chimney effect. …. the containment is dangerously close to exceeding the maximum post accident pressure that it could withstand. Several ways in which the AP1000 design could lose the ability to cool the reactors in an emergency have been identified, and Fukushima has shown that a containment breach is possible, and that arrangements for keeping the spent fuel ponds cool are inadequate.

Marianne Birkby, Radiation Free Lakeland’s founder says, “ this acknowledgment and moral support from Austria sends us much needed encouragement to continue and to build on the resistance to Moorside. As the Federal Chancellor says, Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy. Campaigning on the pylon route alone will not cut it. It is up to groups and individuals in Cumbria to join and to put their shoulders to the wheel in building resistance so that we can stop the biggest nuclear development in Europe and ensure a safe and sustainable future.”

ENDS

 

REFERENECES

 

Letter from Austria to Radiation Free Lakeland (also attached)

 

Citizens Service of the Federal Chancellor Maria Auer

To
Marianne BIRKBY

per e-mail: wildart@mariannebirkby.plus.com

Dear Mrs. BIRKBY !

Vienna, November 28th, 2016 BKA-330.070/0207-VII/4/2016

The Citizens’ Service of the Austrian Federal Chancellor confirms receipt of your email of November 26th, 2016.

In the name of the Federal Chancellor we want to thank you for your commitment regarding the nuclear power plant in Moorside. Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy to ensure the sustainability of energy supply and critically engage themselves in social, economic and political issues.

As you might know, Austria has already expressed its opposition to the use of nuclear energy within a referendum in1978 and is also going to adhere to a policy in favour of a global shift away from this form of energy generation in the future. For the Austrian Federal Government it is clear that alternative forms of energy are worth of promotion.

For further information please contact the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management directly:

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Stubenring 1
1010 Vienna, Austria
E-mail: service@bmlfuw.gv.at http://www.bmlfuw.gv.at/en.html

We hope we have been of assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Maria Auer
Citizens Service of the Federal Chancellor Department VII/4
Ballhausplatz 1
A – 1010 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 53115-202440

Fax: +43 1 53115-204274 Email: service@bka.gv.at

 

 

Badgers and Boreholes

Badgers by Marianne Birkby

What mitigation has NuGen put in place for the badger setts on the land between Sellafield and Beckermet?  Seemingly none. Were the badgers found on the beach early last year at Seascale a result of the obscenity of 300 boreholes being drilled? These “exploratory” boreholes are being drilled  on greenfields known to contain deep beneath the ground decades of seeping radioactive contamination from Sellafield. The boreholes have brought this radioactive contamination to the surface and the plan is to build a special pumping station in order to pump the borehole ‘binjuice’ directly to the river Ehen.  There is more info at the following link regarding the insidious borehole drilling initially described as 100 boreholes – now it is up to over 300 boreholes.  Freedom of Information requests

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The Sellafield site on the right and just some of the land “acquired” with public money for the proposed new nuclear build known as Moorside/Moorcide pic from NDA S116310.jpg S69106BB.jpg
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‘Moorside’ 300 boreholes up to 150m deep on greenfield site to “explore” geology for new build – badgers build their setts at 1m deep

 

 

 

Remember Fukushima / Stop Moorside Vigil

Stop Moorside Banner

Please come along and join us on the 5th anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster. We will be in Whitehaven for a vigil and events to Remember Fukushima and Stop Moorside. 

We will be at the Harbour near The Beacon from 12pm till 2 ish on March 11th

Join us to hear a short message read out from the Prime Minister of Japan at the time of the disaster, the message includes the statement:

” If you love your country, let nuclear go!” 

We will then hold a minutes silence in a Vigil to Remember Fukushima.

Following the Vigil we will hold events to Stop Moorside.

Bring music, bring yourselves and ……

Show Resistance to Moorside – the proposed Biggest Nuclear Development in Europe, on greenfields near to Sellafield the most dangerous nuclear site in the world.

 

This event is just one of many taking place across the UK and the world to

Remember Fukushima and to Resist the Nuclear Juggernaught.

“SCRUBLAND” Fit for Nothing but Nuclear Wasteland! Come On REALLY?

 

Panoramio Photo by Grace Hegarty
Panoramio Photo by Grace Hegarty

In Yesterdays New York Times….

“LONDON — There are few places in the West where companies that build nuclear plants are welcome to construct new ones. That lack of choice probably accounts for a lot of the appeal of a nearly 500-acre stretch of scrubland called Moorside near the Irish Sea in northwest England”.

Scrubland?    Ancient hedgerows, coppice, fertile fields and bounded by the River Ehen.  A huge area of land bigger than the already sprawling Sellafield site is being groomed as another nuclear sacrifice zone.  No More!  As Hadrian once said  “This far and NO further!”

Hadrian- This Far and No Further
Hadrian- This Far and No Further

WHAT YOU CAN DO…..RESIST!!  In any way possible without breaking the law

 

Put up banners NO TO MOORCIDE!

Put up the Moorcide Map in shops and Post Offices to show the extent of the madness.

Lobby Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth UK asking why their nuclear campaign policy is on a SOFT PEDAL here while in the rest of Europe they are PUSHING HARD TO STOP NUCLEAR

Lobby Cumbria Wildlife Trust to Oppose Moorcide

Lobby Friends of the Lake District to Oppose Moorcide

Lobby Cumbria Trust to Oppose Moorcide

 

Lobby all of these and more.  Keep Lobbying – they will say they have no resources for lobbying against the “lost cause” of nuclear – This is rubbish, no resources are needed to make strong statements opposing!   And the ONLY causes worth fighting for are those cunningly described  as “lost causes.”

The ancient hedgerows, fields, coppice, deer, badgers, wildlife, the river Ehen, the Irish Sea – our health and our children’s health,  none of these are a lost cause.  RESIST!

 

 

 

Professor Brian Cox Taking the Sellafield Lollypop

Prof Brian Cox taking the Sellafield Lollypop!
Prof Brian Cox taking the Sellafield Lollypop!

Prof Brian Taking the Sellafield Lollypop! ”

If you understand statistics…you will be very comfortable with nuclear”

If a red hot poker were to be stuck in Prof Cox’s eye, then using the same statistical collective dose method that the nuclear industry uses he should be very comfortable with the heat over the whole of his body.

In real life radioactive isotopes bind to specific organs , caesium to the heart muscle, radioactive iodine to the thyroid, strontium to the bone etc

There are moves to further reduce measurement of  even the flawed ‘collective dose’ as a result of the increased exposure to radioactive fallout.

 

The Beacon Protest yesterday

Hearing about the Alternative Sellafield Story
Hearing about the Alternative Sellafield Story

 

Handing out leaflets about Sellafield roe deer cull and testing for radionuclides
Handing out leaflets about Sellafield roe deer cull and testing for radionuclides
Chauffer Driven Prof Brian Cox speeds past our Renewable Energy Yes Please banner
Chauffer Driven Prof Brian Cox speeds past our Renewable Energy Yes Please banner
Essential amenity of Whitehaven Civic Hall Closed
Essential amenity of Whitehaven Civic Hall Closed

 

 

Yesterday members of Radiation Free Lakeland and Save the Sellafield Deer went along to set up their own exhibition outside the new propaganda vehicle for Sellafield.

Around 250 people stopped to chat about the real Sellafield Story, to take leaflets and to look at our exhibition illustrating  the vicious nuclear cycle from uranium mining to geological dumping.

A longer write up is to follow but here are some photographs of the day to be going on with.

 

MANY THANKS to supporters of Radiation Free Lakeland and Save the Sellafield Deer who came along to help and to all the people who stopped to chat and to share their own stories about Sellafield’s ongoing experiment on both animals and humans.

BEACON OF LIES

Many thanks to the Big Issue for printing the letter: Beacon of Lies

We will be holding a demonstration at the official opening of the Beacon on Friday from 10.00am.

We will have a counter-exhibition and will be handing out leaflets.  The charming Brian Cox and Baroness Verma will be there to groom us into loving nuclear.

Bring Banners, Bring Music, Bring Yourselves and RESIST!

Full Letter in this week’s Big Issue (note Demo is THIS Friday 10 am)

Big Issue in the North, Letters- Beacon of Lies
Big Issue in the North, Letters- Beacon of Lies

 

Imagine a world where fracking was a wholly state-sponsored industry with privateers chasing lucrative government contracts to frack……

Appropriately enough the Beacon’s new tag line is “absorbing”.  We have absorbed enough already.

 

FALLOUT – New Book by West Cumbrian Author Sparks Reaction

 

Fallout by Ruth Sutton
Fallout by Ruth Sutton

 

The cover on the third book in the Ruth Sutton trilogy  ‘Fallout’ has caused a bit of a stir.  Having read (and passed on to my mum!)  the first book in the trilogy ‘A Good Liar’ I can highly recommend as good holiday reading and especially for those who know the Lakes or those who want to get to know the Lakes there is an authentic feel for places and people. The story keeps the attention and the pages turning.   Ironically ‘Fallout’  was launched at the same time as the new propaganda vehicle for Sellafield, the Beacon, is getting ready for its official opening next Friday.

Ruth Sutton has written about her experience with the book cover on her blog:

“Now we’ve had to make a decision about the cover of book three, ‘Fallout’, which is set against the calamitous event of the world’s first nuclear reactor fire, in Cumberland in 1957. It’s a tough time for my heroine Jessie Whelan too – no more details! – and I wanted a sense of anxiety in the cover, nothing too soft or bland. A beach scene this time, I decided, to complement the view of fells (that’s a Norse word meaning ‘hills’ that’s commonly used in Cumbria): one of the wonderful west-facing beaches that we enjoy in this region. But it had to be a special beach scene, and we found one, with a red sky, beautiful but threatening too. Still I wanted more: among the photographs I’d found of the reactor fire was one of a group of workers in their anti-contamination suits and helmets, looking like spacemen. The clever cover designer imposed this image on the beach below the red sky and the cover of ‘Fallout’ stared out at me. I loved it: as intriguing as I had hoped for and authentic too. 

I made a poster and took it round the local bookshops to alert them to the forthcoming publication. One buyer at a local attraction flinched and literally stepped away from the image. ‘We can’t sell that here,’ she said. ‘It’s too frightening. Not the kind of thing for this shop.’ It’s not a proper bookshop, granted, but other crime fiction books on the shelf have quite graphic images. I was surprised by her reaction and I should have asked her to explain it, but I didn’t. Later she confirmed to the books’ distributor that she wouldn’t be carrying copies, even though the first two books in the trilogy sell well there. Nothing I can do about it, I suppose. It was never my intention to upset anyone, but then the line between curiosity and aversion is notoriously thin. I wanted the ‘Fallout’ cover to convey the danger that threatened my heroine and her community, and clearly it does that effectively. But I think there’s more to it: most people’s impression of the Lake District and Cumbria is green hills, sparkling lakes and Beatrix Potter. For those of us who love the wild west coast, that image needs a challenge, and I think – I hope – that my three novels portray real life here, not some romanticised idyll. If people’s reaction to the ‘Fallout’ cover starts some conversation about this dichotomy, that’s a good thing. It may cost me some sales, but maybe not. I’ll have to wait and see.”

Well Ruth,  the cover is brilliant and you made an extra sale BECAUSE of the front cover seen yesterday attractively displayed in the window of  Michael Moon’s excellent bookshop in Whitehaven!   Ruths experience is a result of the nuclear industry’s decades of grooming Cumbria into self censorship, a kind of controlling of  popular culture into an unquestioning nuclear acquiesance.