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 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
24th June 1978
As an alliance of groups and individuals, we declare our total and uncompromising opposition to URENCO and in particular to the supply of enriched uranium by URENCO to the military dictatorship in Brazil.
No safeguards are adequate to prevent the diversion of nuclear material for the production of nuclear weapons.
Brazil has refused to sign even the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and has made no secret of its intention to manufacture “Peaceful” nuclear bombs.
The supply of enriched uranium is a particularly clear example of the way nuclear power threatens all living creatures and their natural environment, concentrates power in the hands of a
few, necessitates a military style secrecy and undermines the principles of human liberty. This deal would be another irrevocable step towards a future of which we want no part.
Our stand is in defence of the health and safety of ourselves, future generations, and all living things on this planet.
We therefore demand an immediate halt to –
1. The plans to supply enriched uranium to Brazil.
2. The marketing of nuclear technology by URENCO.
We declare our determination to –
1. Provoke public discussion about the operation of URENCO and all its contracts.
2. Prevent the importing of uranium mined in violation of the land rights of people anywhere in the world: e.g. Australia, Namibia and Brazil.
And Announce that we are prepared to take all non-violent steps necessary to achieve these ends.
Published by Stop URENCO Alliance.
From the Activist Archive —-
published by WISE Bulletin in July 1978
Japan and Australia plan enrichment
Australia and Japan are discussing a joint project for uranium enrichment. This is a logical step for Australia, with its key position as world supplier. But it needs help with the heavy cost of an enrichment plant. Japan, totally dependent on out-side supplies, is the obvious partner. The most likely technique is the centrifuge, and URENCO (them again !) have offered their help with building it. Delegations from the Australian Atomic Energy Commission and the Japanese government and Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. met on April 19 for talks. They set the second half of the ’80s as a target date.
Source/ MAUM 277 Brunswick St., Fitzroy
URENCO battle spreads to Britain
On June 24,400 people took part in a first demonstration against the URENCO centrifugal enrichment plant at Capenhurst. This was the outcome of a determined effort to spread opposition to the British-Dutch-German project. Capenhurst (Cheshire) is a twin plant to the one at Almelo, expansion of which was decided at the end of June (See Politics) despite major Dutch opposition. It is feared that some or all of URENCO’s commitment to supply enriched uranium to Brazil could be met from Capenhurst. The British partner in URENCO has been pushing for its share of the deal – despite the lack of guarantees that Brazil will not make weapons.
Some 60 Dutch and British activists got together during the demo. against the Torness reactor, in May, and the “Stop URENCO Alliance” was formed, made up of Greenpeace, CIMRA, FoE local groups, SCRAM (opposition to Torness), SERA, and anarchist groups. The Capenhurst demo. is the first stage in a campaign to inform UK opinion. (In a recent parliamehtary debate, the UK foreign secretary muddled enrichment and reprocessing, and no-one reacted !).
The Torness and Capenhurst demo’s also mark the start of a new readiness in the UK anti-nuke movement to use direct action.
Contact/ Stop URENCO Alliance
c/o 6 Endsleigh Rd. – London W.C. 1
Tel. 44-1-3875370 (Greenpeace) 44-1-4393749 (SERA)