JOIN US FOR FUKUSHIMA DAY
Saturday 11th March, Lydney Docks
Six years ago a tsunami off the coast of Japan caused a tidal wave which breached the defences of the nuclear power station at Fukushima. 150,000 people had to evacuate their homes, some as far away as 30 kilometres from the plant. 80,000 people are still evacuated, and many will never return to their homes.
To mark this we will meet at the standing stones at Lydney Docks. There will be speakers, a procession with lanterns down to the harbour wall to throw flowers into the river, and singing and music.
Please join us and help to make this an important and memorable day for the people living in the shadow of Oldbury and Berkeley. Please bring torches and lanterns if you can.
NB. The swing bridge may still be closed over to the standing stones, so we may have to park at the bottom by the harbour wall, cross via the lock gates, and walk back up.
Here’s why we must remember:- Of the 150,000 people evacuated due to the Fukushima disaster, 6 years ago, 80,000 are still evacuated and 25,000 will probably never go home. If this disaster had happened at the new Oldbury site, a northerly wind would mean that all of Bristol would still be evacuated – if a south easterly wind, the whole of the Forest of Dean.
RECORD LEVELS OF LETHAL RADIATION MEASURED IN FUKUSHIMA REACTOR
Justin McCurry in Tokyo writing for the Guardian on 3 February 2017, says that extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.
The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2. The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant – a process that is expected to take about four decades.
See Nuclear News, left, for more.
The full article can be seen here
Neighbouring countries concerned about the risk of a Belgian Nuclear meltdown".
On 10 January 2017 a new emergency plan was presented in a commission in Belgium's Parliament. The evacuation perimeter was conveniently halved to 10km to avoid an evacuation of Belgium's second and third cities in case of a meltdown. The plan has been called totally inadequate.
Courtesy of Nick Meynen of The Ecologist.
See the full story in Nuclear News (left hand column)
Nuclear regulator investigated over “lax attitude to safety".
Whitehall is investigating the nuclear regulator after The Times revealed that several serious accidents had been dismissed as posing no safety risk.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has come under fire from experts who argue it is too close to the industry to police it rigorously.
The inadvertent discharge of a torpedo at a nuclear submarine docks in Plymouth, a complete power cut at the country’s nuclear weapons base and the contamination of at least 15 workers with radioactive material were among the events it had said were of no concern.
See the full story in Nuclear News (left hand column)
NUCLEAR WASTE SURVEY
9 out of 10 people completely unaware of the presence of dangerous nuclear waste 3 miles from Lydney
We have found that many local people are not aware of the fact that 3 miles from Lydney there is the UK’s largest Intermediate nuclear waste store of its kind.
We conducted a survey of people in Lydney on Friday 18th November to find out what percentage are aware that there is a nuclear waste store on their doorstep: over 90% had no knowledge of the store and most expressed dismay and concern.
The results were not unexpected, given the poor record of the nuclear industry sharing their plans with those of us in the Forest of Dean:
The local press printed our press release in full detailing our findings.
Intermediate Level Waste Store at Berkeley
It is surprising how few people looking directly across the river from Lydney docks realise that the sports hall-like building on the other bank is in fact a new storage facilty for dangerous intermediate level radioactive waste.
Originally it was to be a temporary storage facilty but now it looks like it is here to stay for a long time. Magnox say it is only until underground repositories can be found, but that seems increasingly unlikely to happen; and with Sellafield full, and in a mess regarding safety, there is little doubt that this storage faclity is not going away any time soon.
The original planning permission application was for a Low Level Waste store just for waste from Berkeley. However, it now holds the far more dangerous intermediate level waste and the permit covers waste from Oldbury, Sizewell and Dungeness Nuclear Power Stations as well as Berkeley.
Stroud News and Journal reported on the 18th February 2016:
NUCLEAR waste from other power stations is now being stored in Berkeley despite residents being told that this would never happen.
Members of the Magnox-run power station’s site stakeholder group (SSG) were told that waste from Sizewell A and Dungeness A power stations would be kept at Berkeley via Oldbury.
Magnox began storing the waste using Ductile Cast Iron Containers, but finding concrete to be cheaper, they are now also applying to build a plant to encapsulate the waste in concrete.
The fact is that nuclear waste storage is a problem without a solution, yet the Government seems hell bent on rushing in to a new tranch of Nuclear Power stations without any regard to the problems of safety and cost it is storing up for future generations.
How can they even consider building a new nuclear power station when the horrendous nuclear waste storage problems are still not sorted out?
And see Nuclear news, left, for how the Government was forced to admit that the taxpayer, not the foreign owned nuclear power companies, will pick up the bill for nuclear wste disposal
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