Countering Capenhurst – March 2021

Continuing to Campaign

While we are still in lockdown it remains difficult to keep active campaigning going, which is why we still looking at some of those aspects of the nukiller industry which normally get very little attention.

DRS Updates

Flask Movements.

We are still looking for individuals to help keep us informed about the movements of the various DRS nukiller waste flasks. So if do see any please let us know.

In the meanwhile here are a couple of reports of late.

On December 7th two flasks were spotted at Dungeness,

while on December 9th a flask or flasks were sent from Huntington to Sellafield.

Cumbrian Community Rail

Community Rail Cumbria (CRC) comprises the three accredited Community Rail lines in Cumbria which includes the Cumbrian Coast Line. That is the rail line which runs from Carlisle to Barrow, and includes Sellafield.

This is how the station is described upon their website: –

‘ Sellafield station was opened in 1850 to serve a remote area of farms. The station is now a busy freight location, as much of the nuclear waste arising from the UK’s decommissioning programme is carried by train here from the docks in Barrow-in-Furness or from rail-connected nuclear power stations elsewhere in the UK. The station marks the end of the single line section from Whitehaven, which is operated using the electric key token system.’

The Aims pf the CRC include:-

– To undertake a pro-active approach to those sections of the Cumbrian community disadvantaged by health, isolation or social deprivation.

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– To seek effective passenger and freight rail service improvements;

The DRS Connection

During November Eddie Pollock became the new CRC Chairman.

This is how he is described upon the website _

‘As a long-standing member of the Partnership, Eddie has represented Direct Rail Services who have been an influential and supportive partner for many years

Recently, his role within Direct Rail Services has evolved from Projects Planner to Business Development Manager.’

Working together

In February we read the following news in the Rail Advent:

‘Direct Rail Services has announced that has joined up with NDA Transport Subsidiaries to launch Nuclear Transport Solutions, which will start in April 2021.’

‘ The freight operator is owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, with Nuclear Transport Solutions expected to become the “centre of excellence” that will bring together commercial, legal and operational expertise under one roof.’

NDA Update

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority [ NDA ] has just publish their

Draft Business Plan1 April 2021 to 31 March 2024

This includes a section upon both: –

Springfields Fuels Limited and Urenco Nuclear Stewardship Limited.

Contact Update.

You may of noticed that we have disabled the Comments feature on this webpage. This has been done due the high volume of spam we were receiving.

While due to lockdown it is taking longer for any mail to get to us.

So if you have any need to contact us then please use our email address.

closecapenhurst[at]gmail.com

Forthcoming Events

– Fukushima Day – March 11th.

– The DRS Open Day – In July if it takes place this year.

– 64th Anniversary of the Windscale fire – October 10th.

Countering Capenhurst – New Year 2021

Not Exactly

During December Urenco produced a statement which states:-

‘ Urenco welcomes the UK Government’s pledge to realise a more ambitious target of reducing the country’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030, as compared with 1990 levels.’

What this statement does not include is how mining and processing uranium, the building of new reactors, or nukiller waste storage processes increase atmospheric pollution.

While there is no account of transport carbons emissions in this statement.

The best line in this statement states: –

This pledge further demonstrates a serious intention for the UK to be seen as a leader in decarbonisation.

It sounds very similar to those lines we keep hearing from those who operate Sellafield.

It’s more like world leaders in the production of pollution.

Sizewell

Together Against Sizewell C [ TASC ] was founded in 2013 to stop EDF’s plans to build two EPR nukiller reactors on Suffolk’s fragile Heritage Coast.

You can read about their campaigning activities at

www.tasizewellc.org.uk/

ONR Reports ‘Significant incidents‘.

Normally we would not recommend anyone to read the publications of the Nukiller Power Industry, but this is [ as they say ] an exception.

The annual report of the Office for Nuclear Regulation [ ONR ] was published in November.

As with all such reports it is very self congatuatilly in nature, which is why it needs to be read with a very critical analysis what it states to be factually true.

The most telling part of the report is to be found within the section Significant incidents by site.

This lists various problems at Devenport, Dungeness, Heysham, & Sellafield.

Nukiller Power, Capenhurst, and Brexit.

Amongst the various undesirable aspects of the Brexit deal is the following agreement for further cooperation on nukiller power.

This agreement continues to uphold the Treaty of Almelo, under which URENCO was established on the 4th of March 1970.

You can read the text of it here.

DRS Updates

On October 15th yet another DRS waste train was observed on the way to Torness. While on December 7th there were two flasks which arrived at Dungeness.

Framatome

Framatome is not a company which is very well know by many anti nukiller activists, but it is one which does need to receive much more of our attention.

Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).

Here are a couple of headline press releases which have been put out of late.

May 26, 2020 – Framatome signed a framework agreement with EDF in to provide engineering services to support ongoing nukiller power station operations.

December 7th 2020 – Rolls-Royce group signs agreement to sell its civil nuclear instrumentation & control business to Framatome

Forthcoming Events

Given the current restrictions on public transport, it is not possible to do much forward planning, or undertake any of our regular events.

However there are a few dates which we wish to highlight over the coming year.

– Fukushima Day – March 11th.

– The DRS Open Day – In July if it takes place at all.

– 64th Anniversary of the Windscale fire – October 10th.

Countering Capenhurst – Late November / Early December 2020

DRS Updates

DRS are once again transporting Radioactive waste from the decommissioned Magnox reactor at Berkeley.

They are being taken via the Sharpness, Gloucestershire, rail line. That’s the short line which goes goes from Sharpness to Cam & Dursley, at which junction it joins the main line which goes north via Gloucester and Worcester.

The first of these DRS trains took a load in August. There will be similar train loads taking place every month.

Recent DRS Radioactive Waste Flask Movements

The movement of nukiller waste to Sellafield by DRS continues.

These are just some of the recent movements of these highly radioactive used fuel rods.

Flask movements were observed on August 11th, September 11th, and 12th. There were also waste flasks going to and from Torness on September 16th & 23th, and then again on October 15th. While

other waste flasks went to & from Dungeness on October 5th 6th and 7th.

Campaigning in Australia.

Don’t Nuke The Climate – Australia,

This is a a coalition of environment groups that actively track and respond to nuclear threats in Australia.

It has a lot of very useful information and maps on its website which include both Nukiller and Uranium Sites.

Spycops Targeted Anti Nukiller Activists

If it was not for the many years of spycop activities, many social justice and ecological campaigns would not still be necessary.

The following comes from the current Spycops Public Inquiry.

AMENDED WRITTEN OPENING STATEMENT ON BEHALF OFTHE DESIGNATED LAWYER OFFICER CORE PARTICIPANT GROUP

TRANCHE 1, PHASES 1-2: SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION SQUAD UNDERCOVER DEPLOYMENTS 1968-1982

‘ Infiltration necessarily had to be achieved before and not during or after times of high intensity and activity which could be quickly triggered by an event or the coalescence of disparate groups around a cause célèbre or topical issue with wider support, e.g. Vietnam, apartheid, internment, industrial action, ban the bomb, nuclear power, the transport of nuclear waste by train or the Falklands War.’

In other words – This confirms that Pacifists and Anti nukiller power activists were being subjected to spycop activities.

This full statement can be read at: –

https://www.ucpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/20201028-Opening_Statement-DL_Clients.pdf

We fully expect there to be many more similar revelations made during the duration of the inquiry.

The next phase of the spycops public inquiry hearings will be held some time around the start of April 2021.

Not Seen

One of the side effects of the current crisis we are all in, is that the [ Office for Nuclear Regulation ] are not performing their regular on site inspections of various nukiller plants.

This is what it says on the ONR Site Report for Urenco Capenhurst for the period April, May, and June: –

‘ No on-site Inspections due to Covid-19.’

While the site inspection for the Heysham Reactor is reported thus: –

Heysham 1•4 August (Site inspection)•14 –17 September (Site and remote inspection)Heysham 2•9 June(Physical Inspection)•18 June(Remote Inspection)•23 June(Remote Inspection)

In contrast – This what took place at Torness: –

‘The duration of the station visits has been kept to a minimum and focused on plant walk downs and other activities which ONR are unable to conduct remotely.’

In the site inspection report for Hinkley,

[ Yes Hinkley Not Capenhurst ], we found the following: –

‘ ONR has granted an extension to an Enforcement Notice served on Urenco UK Ltd, recognising the good progress made so far. The notice was issued in late December 2019, following a fire safety inspection at the Capenhurst Works in Cheshire, which revealed shortfalls in the fire alarm and detection systems at one of the site’s facilities. Urenco UK Ltd must comply with the requirements of the extended notice by 30 September 2020.’

In conclusion.

We have found many good reasons to keep inspecting the ONR nukiller plants inspection reports – on a very regular basis.

Forthcoming Events

Given the current restrictions on public transport, it is not possible to do much forward planning, or undertake any of our regular events.

However there are a few dates which we wish to highlight over the coming year.

– Human Rights Day – December 10th.

– Fukushima Day – March 11th.

– The DRS Open Day – In July if it takes place at all.

– 64th Anniversary of the Windscale fire – October 10th.

Countering Capenhurst – October 2020

Right Now

This is very much an interim issue of Countering Capenhurst.

Aside from having to deal with the effects of Lockdown, we are working upon a number of other related issues, while putting together the groundwork for some further campaigning resources.

In Between all the bad news

During September it was announced that HITACHI is withdrawing from building WYLFA B

We congratulate PAWB (People Against Wylfa B) for all their work in pushing for this outcome.

Meanwhile

‘ A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey that was due to be made yesterday has been delayed until 31 December, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.’

DRS

DRS continue to drag nukiller waste flasks to Sellafield [ Windscale ].

The latest ones included –

To and from Torness on July 14th and August 5th

Then in Early September this was the headline on the Devonlive website

Rare Class 66 train carrying nuclear flasks heads into Plymouth.

‘This was a ‘ very rarely seen DRS Nuclear Flask Train worked down from Crewe Coal Sidings to Devonport Royal Dockyard for the decommissioning of a few submarines down at the Naval base/dockyard down at Devonport.’

DRS Publication.

There is a new glossy publication about DRS

Direct Rail Services: 25 Years of Rail Haulage

This 132 page publication is aimed at train spotters, with lots of colour photographs in it.

Most importantly it lists all the information about the various train engines it uses to haul both goods wagons and nukiller waste flasks.

While it features a number of articles about operations of the nukiller waste trains.

63 Years Later

On October 10th 1957 the Windscale Fire occurred.

To understand just what happened you need to read about the Windscale Piles.

It was one of the first, but by no means the last nukiller reactor disaster.

Future Events

At Present it is extremely difficult to plan an future events due to the current pandemic.

We do however continue to collecting and distributing information about all aspects of the nukiller power industry.

Once it is possible to do so then we will be holding a series of demonstrations outside of various Nukiller plants.

It is also our intention to hold a small face to face gathering to discuss how we continue campaigning once it is possible to do so.

In the meanwhile we will continue to post various updates upon our Facebook page.

Countering Capenhurst – Summer 2020

Lockdown Campaigning

As with many campaigning groups and organisations, it is extremely difficult to plan any protests, pickets, leafleting sessions, or public events at present.

Thus we are spending a lot of out time keeping up to date with various nukiller developments, and trying to work out just where we might hold events over the next year to 15 months.

The problem is that many of the places we wish to hold events in are now back in lockdown again. A good example being Preston near Springfields. While many of the events at which we have had stalls in the past have been cancelled this year.

On the plus side it is giving us time to evaluate just how we will continue to campaigning over the next few years.

Current Campaigns

There are currently a lot of news stories about reactor developments with possible new build, Hinkley, Sizewell, & Bradwell.

Rather than just link, or reproduce all this news information, we recommend everyone to take out a subscription to the No2NuclearPower daily news briefings.

Other blogs and websites which we also recommend in terms of keeping up to date on energy and nukiller power issues are that of

Dr Ian Fairlie, Dave Toke’s Green Energy Blog , RADIATION FREE LAKELAND, Beyond Nuclear International, Fairewinds Energy Education, and the WISE Nuclear Monitor.

You can also keep up to date upon what’s new via our facebook page.

Petitions

Currently there are a number of online petitions calling for action to stop the nukiller power industry.

A number of these are to be found on the Stop Hinkley Website.

There is also a Petition calling on the Welsh Government to invoke the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, and thus stop the dumping of radioactively contaminated mud in Welsh waters.

Keeping Informed Via Out Publications

Unlike many campaigning groups we are not holding online talks, but you can still keep yourself informed by reading our publications online.

Here are the links to them.

Capenhurst. The facts.

Spotlight on Springfields

Wildlife and the Atom

You can also find a lot of information via our Issue Briefings.

DRS Updates

DRS are still moving used nukiller fuel rods to Sellafield.

Recent waste flask movements included to and from Torness on May 14th & June 16th.

While they were also observed going through Crewe on May 20th & June 6th.

It is also of note that DRS are still recruiting for more drivers, which will be based in their London and Rugby depots.

Future Events

Windscale Fire Anniversary events

On October 10th it will be the 63nd Anniversary Of The Windscale Fire.

At the moment we intend to mark this anniversary.

How exactly this will be done will depend upon both local lockdowns, and the availability of public transport.

So more information about what we intend to do much nearer the time.

Countering Capenhurst – June 2020

DRS – Not This year

This years DRS [ Direct Rail Services ] Open Day event has been cancelled. This is why as described on the company website: –

‘We are in unprecedented times and want to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our events.’

This is the same DRS that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and which hauls nukiller waste to Sellafield.

Despite this years cancellation we will continue to campaign upon the nukiller waste trains issue, and be back to picket their next open day event.

Issues Briefings

While subject to lockdown, and a very restricted public transport service, it is going to be very difficult to organise events of any kind for some while to come.

Thus we have been putting together a series of issue briefings. The first of these have been about Drigg, Barrow, the Hartlepool reactor, Tyson H Burridge, and how Rising tides will effect various nukiller power sites.

We are currently working on a few more of these briefings.

The next one will be about the ONR [ Office of Nuclear Regulation ].

So watch out for these reports upon this website during the next few months.

Future Events

Given the current restrictions on public transport, it is not possible to do much forward planning, or undertake any of our regular events.

We will however be marking the anniversary of the 1957 Windscale on October 10th in some form or other.

Countering Capenhurst – April 2020

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.

Future Events.

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.

Countering Capenhurst – Spring 2020

Capenhurst 50 years on

On March 4th there was a none alcoholic celebration of the founding of URENCO in the Capenhurst staff canteen.

While we were outside the plant holding a none celebratory event.

Upon assembling at the entrance to the plant we noted two French vehicles with radioactive markings on them.

As we left there was a radiation reading taken from them.

These reading and a report of the event are to be found of the Radiation Free Lakeland website.

50 Years of “Enriching the Future”

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Protesters call for Capenhurst nuclear plant to be closed down.

Demonstration held as Urenco celebrated its 50th birthday.

New Guidelines

The UK government has published the following set of guidelines.

Shipping radioactive sources between the UK and EU from 1st January 2021

Some of the processes that operators will need to follow when shipping radioactive sources to and from EU countries will change from 1 January 2021.

It makes for some interesting reading.

Future Events.

We will be back leafleting again at the DRS open day event in July.

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Marking holding an event to mark the anniversary of the 63nd Anniversary Of The Windscale Fire on October 10th.

Countering Capenhurst – New Year 2020

These last few months we have been very busy on campaign work which is of a long term nature.

This edition of Countering Capenhurst is a brief summary of just some of this work.

New Pamphlet.

One of our major projects at present is working upon a new edition of Wildlife and the Atom.

It is a study of the effects of radiation upon our fellow creature.

The pamphlet was first published by Greenpeace [ London ] in 1983, and so there are a lot of updates which are being added to it.

e.g. The effects upon wild life due to what happened, and is still going on, at Both Chernobyl and Fukushima.

We Hope to have this work published within the very near future.

Cumbrian Coal mine campaign.

There is a proposal to build a new coal mine just a few miles from Sellafield. Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole is campaigning to stop this from happening.

We fully support this campaign, and urge others to do the same.

Australian Aboriginal Flags

The Close Capenhurst Campaign has two Australian Aboriginal flags which have been used to make the point about uranium mining outside of various nukiller power plants. From now on they will also be used to make the point about stopping coal mines both in Australia, and elsewhere, on all climate change demonstrations.

Updates.

Waste train Leaflet changes.

As the last of the highly radioactive nukiller fuel rods has been sent from Wylfa to Sellafield, we have altered our Beware! High Level Radioactive Waste Trains leaflet to reflect this fact.

We have also stopped leafleting upon the waste trains issue outside of Chester station, as they no longer go through the city. Though we will continue our leafleting sessions at the other stations they go through.

As ever – If you would like to join in this work, then please let us know.

Springfields Video.

More Uranium Hex Arrived at Springfields on the 62nd Anniversary of the Windscale Fire

Uranium Prices Are Falling.

Here is a news story which caught our attention of late.

‘ From a spot price of $136 per pound of uranium oxide in June 2007 it fell to just $25.68 this September.

Uranium bulls are “as rare as white unicorns” according to a commentary in FNArena in September 2019, and the market is “sick and dying” with uranium “quickly becoming a dinosaur of a commodity”.

Nothing To Celebrate.

URENCO

50 years on.

The close Capenhurst Campaign will be marking 50 years since URENCO came in to being.

That is the signing of the Treaty of Almelo.

We will be outside of the Capenhurst plant to mark this anniversary at 14.00. on March 4th.

More details about this event in a few weeks time.

Countering Capenhurst – Summer 2019

Yet Again – DRS

This year we published a new leaflet which was distributed at the DRS [ Direct Rail Services ] open day at Carlisle. Unlike the previous one we used, this new one can be distributed on other occasions.

You can see a copy of the text of the leaflet we used here: –

As in previous years this protest was organised in conjunction with Radiation Free Lakelands.

Follow on.

On June 1st a DRS nukiller waste flask passed through Warrington Bank Quay station on the way to Sellafield. We will be leafleting outside the station on Thursday August 15th as part of our work to inform people about these dangerous loads.

We will continue to organise more such leafleting sessions at other stations where these flasks go through, as a part of our public awareness work. These will be held outside stations in the nukiller north west. Please let us know if you want to join us on them.

If your in London then you can also join the ones which are organised by the Nuclear Waste Trains Action Group c/o CND Mordechai Vanunu House, 162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ

Long term campaigning – long term costs.

Most of the campaigning work we are engaged upon can not be achieved in just a matter of a few years, as the very nature of nukiller power means it will take decades to clean up the radioactive mess.

Thus we always need to think out how to maintain this long term campaigning, and how to finance this work.

Thus unlike many many campaigning groups we have to look at our long term finances and expenditures.

For example – In July we renewed out webpage domain name for another five years.

Then there are the ongoing costs which come from printing and distributing our leaflets.

We don’t have any staff or office to pay for, but there are still travel costs which need to be covered.

It all adds up +£+£+£

Last year we received a very generous donation from the Lush Fund, but we can not forever rely upon such funders to bankroll our work.

At present we are working to produce a new edition of Wildlife and the Atom, which was published by Greenpeace [ London ] in 1983.

That and a couple of other new publication we have in mind to produce will eat in to our finances.

So we are now appealing for your help to finance our essential campaigning work.

If you would like to make a contribution, then email us and we will tell you how it might be done.

Online Resources

7 reasons why nuclear energy is not the answer to solve climate change

Anniversaries & Forthcoming Events

October 10thSpringfields

We will be back at the Springfields plant to mark 61 years since the Windscale Fire.

This will be an event which starts at 14.00.

March 4th 2020

50 years since the signing of the Almelo Treaty.

We will be organising an event to mark this date.

More details later on in the year.