What Next At Capenhurst?
What Next with the Nukiller Power Industry ?
There are questions which we are currently looking at in the light of the current fall in energy demands and fuel prices.
This in turn will effect the likelihood of nukiller new build taking place.
There is a lot to be considered here, especially when read in connection to such as the following news story:-
‘ EDF withdraws financial guidance for 2020 and 2021 as coronavirus hits power demand.’
Thanks to Lush
As with a number of activists campaigning groups we have received financial support from the Lush Fund, for which we are all extremely grateful.
In February an critical article entitled ‘Just to sell soap’ appeared in Nuclear Engineering International which listed the following as being in support of these funds.
‘ BeyondNuclear, Highlands Against Nuclear Transport, Radiation-Free Lakeland and the Close Capenhurst Campaign, as well as several anti-fracking campaigns and one against coal.’
The logical conclusion to this might be that some people in the the nukiller power industry see these donations us by LUSH as a great threat to their activities.
Yet in contrast we should point out the vast amount of state money which subsidises they receive.
What people in the nukiller power industry need to remember is that with or without this funding we will continue campaigning for just as long as it takes to close down all their plants.
URENCO – Business As Normal
The URENCO COVID-19 statement which was issued on March 20th states: –
‘ Urenco has ongoing detailed preparations in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, communities and key stakeholders, and our ability to keep our plants operating.’
Yet contains not a word about the dangers posed to us by the movement of radioactive hex in and our of the plant.
Woops! Nobody Noticed that!
In march this was the headline in The Ferret: –
Radioactive waste wrongly sent to Hunterston nuclear plant
‘ Investigations have been launched into how radioactive waste ended up in a transport container at Hunterston nuclear power station in breach of environmental rules.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has disclosed that unauthorised radioactive “debris” was found in a supposedly empty fuel flask returned to the North Ayrshire plant from the Sellafield nuclear complex in Cumbria.’
No Trains Today.
There is currently a replacement bus service on the West Coast Cumbria railway line between Workington & Whitehaven. This is because of a landslide at Parton, which is just north of Whitehaven.
Why is this important to note you might just ask, but the point to keep in mind is that the line is used by DRS nukiller waste trains going from Carlisle to Sellafield.
This is the route used to carry highly radioactive spent fuel rods from the Hunterston, Torness, and Hartlepool nukiller power plants.
With DRS in to a Post Apocalyptic world.
As of now, April 2020, there is no indication that the DRS Open Day will take place this year.
Sowe will not be back again leafleting the DRS Depot this year July,
but will continue to leaflet the various stations nukiller waste goes through just as soon as lockdown is over.
Remembering the Windscale Fire
We do hope to be hold an event to mark the anniversary of the 63nd Anniversary Of The Windscale Fire on October 10th
Just what that event will be will depend what the transport situation is by then.