Press release on the actions against the visit of NIS-participants to Urenco Almelo.
Almelo, Netherlands. March 25th 2014.
Ten protesters, five OSCE-observers, fifteen press people and five police officers. That was the crowd present at the protest against the delegation of the Nuclear Industry Summit that visited Urenco in the context of the contribution the industrial sector was able to deliver to nuclear security. A big joke, according to the organisers belonging to “Enschede voor Vrede”, since especially Urenco contributed heavily to nuclear insecurity.
Not only was the fuel used in the nuclear plant of Fukushima delivered by Urenco, through the espionage activities of Abdul Qadeer Khan Urenco is also at the very base of the nuclear arms programs of Pakistan, Iran and North Korea.
Currently the Dutch government is considering to sell its share in Urenco, but facing the very limited number of nuclear entrepreneurs visiting Urenco today, the interest in Urenco is low. According to “Enschede voor Vrede” it is also better to close the whole company.
A delegation of “Enschede voor Vrede” also took part in the picketline that was organized Monday morning March 24 against the Nuclear Industry Summit that in turn was organizes in the former Amsterdam stock exchange building by Urenco and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs that should monitor the security of Urencos nuclear activities. This Amsterdam picketline was formed by about 60 antinuclear activists. After this picketline, some of the participants, including the delegation from Enschede, went to a demonstration against the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague where they were arrested already after a 200 meters march and held in custody for about six hours.
In Almelo the mass protest even got the honour of being the first demonstration to which a very recently developed security system has been applied. Whether this system functioned well or not is unknown to the organizers. They have informed the OSCE observers about this.
Fukushima Day – March 11th 2014
An open letter to the staff and management of the Office for Nuclear Regulation.
We are here to mark Fukushima day, and to register our concerns about the nukiller industry.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation’s mission statement of aims include:-
‘in securing nuclear safety and security in the UK and influencing global safety and security standards.’
– Yet there in no such thing as a safe atomic reactor.
The continuing disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima clearly illustrate just how dangerous these plants can be.
– It is no use working to make the reactors safe, while there is no safe way to deal with the long lasting radioactive which they produce.
– Rising see levels which will endanger & engulf the plants within the next 35 – 50 years.
That is many years before plants like Bradwell, Sizewell, Heysham, & Dungeness have been decommissioned. The resent storms around the coasts of Britain cleanly illustrate just what will happen in the very near future.
We urge you all to consider these long term issues and work to change their aims of the Office for Nuclear Regulation to become that of safely closing down all nukiller plants.
Radioactive Waste from nuclear-powered submarines may be stored at Capenhurst.
On 13th February 2014 B.B.C News reported that the Ministry of Defence is considering the URENCO-owned Capenhurst as a storage facility for radioactive waste from disused nuclear submarines.
This announcement raises numerous questions and concerns. For example, what precautions are going to be implemented to ensure that this waste does not contaminate the surrounding environment and, furthermore, what methods will be used to store it.
The prospect of radioactive material being kept at Capenhurst will no doubt worry those in the local community, not least because there is a primary school just yards from the plant. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE 17th February 2014
On Friday 18th April we will be holding a stall in Ellesmere Port town centre from 11am and our petition will be handed in to the URENCO-owned uranium enrichment plant at 2pm
As a clear, transparent way of showing just how dangerous Capenhurst, and other plants like it, is we will be using Geiger counter to discover how much radiation the place is releasing in to the surrounding environment.
The message is simple and straightforward: Capenhurst, uranium enrichment and nuclear power pose such great risk to the world that must be abolished!
At the same time our fellow activists in Germany will be holding a demonstration at Gronau which is located close to the German/Dutch border in North-Rhine-Westphalia and roughly 40 kilometres from Urenco’s Dutch enrichment plant at Almelo.
This demonstration will take place over the Easter weekend and we’re hoping that a lot of people will be there with us. As part of the action we will be handing in the Close Capenhurst petition which you can sign now in to the plant.
More information will be posted over the coming weeks.
Please take a moment sign the Close Capenhurst petition calling for the shut down of the uranium enrichment and storage facility. We will hand the petition in to Capenhurst at the demonstration on April 11th and the Office for Nuclear Regulation on March 11th to coincide with the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
For more information about Capenhurst please explore this site!
The Close Capenhurst Campaign will be holding its founding
meeting in Liverpool at 18.30. on November 4th 2013.
The meeting will be a chance to find out more about Capenhurst,
Urenco, and the dangers which result from Uranium Enrichment.
The meeting will also be an ideal time to leant about the
previous campaigns to close the plant, and plan for future actions.
Anyone who is concerned about what goes on at the Capenhurst
plant is very welcome to attend the meeting.
Keep a note of it in your diary.
18.30. On November 4th
151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH.
Demonstration at St. John’s Gardens, LIverpool
Janet Laycock and Syd Leathwood from Merseyside C.N.D.
Two demonstrators outside Capenhurst
The Capenhurst Tennis Championship
Gordon Nash from Wallasey C.N.D.
The old Merseyside C.N.D. banner behind two demonstrators
The weekly Capenhurst vigil in July 1989
Part of the Snowball campaign in April 1987
The URENCO owned Capenhurst Uranium Enrichment plant
plays a key roll in the production of Nuclear power.
Nuclear power is both very dangerous, and will leave us with a
radioactive legacy which will last many thousands of years.
What goes on at the Capenhurst plant is a danger to us all.
The Close Capenhurst Campaign aims to close down the plant,
and promote alternatives to such establishments.
As a part of the campaign we will be holding a serious of public
meetings in the next few months, which will be followed by a
number of other events.
Come join us in this campaign !
URENCO are going to be present at the 5th Annual Nuclear Construction Summit, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, between the 22nd & 24th of October.
A special report on the company has been prepaired for the
conference which you can read here