Friday, 7 May 2010

Radioactive Dust in Niger

Publication - May 4, 2010
AREVA’s radioactive legacy in the desert towns of Niger.
In one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking last in the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where more than 40% of children are underweight for their age, water and access to improved water sources is scarce and almost three quarters of the population are illiterate1, the French nuclear giant AREVA extracts precious—and deadly—natural resources, earning billions for its Fortune 5002 corporation, and leaving little behind but centuries of environmental pollution and health risks for the citizens of Niger.

Council stands up to Hinkley over earthworks application

A planning application by EdF to dig some twenty trenches close to the village of Shurton has been turned down by West Somerset District Council.

Permission for the trenches was requested by EdF in order to ascertain the nature and depth of the soil above rock in an area as close as 100 metres from nearby houses in Shurton. The planning committee threw out the application saying that there was no justification for so many trenches especially so near to the village. They were puzzled by the request for trenches so far away from the main part of the proposed nuclear power station and EdF did not send a representative to the planning meeting to offer any further details.

A number of objections had been raised by Shurton residents due to the potential for noise and dust. They had also criticised the level of detail contained in the application, saying it was difficult to make an informed judgement. The new EdF site for the two giant reactors at Hinkley covers about 500 acres. The main planning application is due to go to the Infrastructure Planning Commission as soon as 2nd August. It is not known how this decision will affect the main proposal.

It is understood that the existing Hinkley C project manager, Simon Dunford will be leaving his post which is being taken up by someone with a military background, David Eccles.

Jim Duffy from Stop Hinkley said: "This is a blow for EdF, showing they took for granted the approval of this piece of preliminary work required before they can build their giant reactors. It's dismal if such a big company misses the detail in their grandiose but fearsome plan and arrogant that it doesn't bother to send a representative to the council meeting. We congratulate West Somerset Council for representing local people in standing up to the industry." 

Jim Duffy
Stop Hinkley Coordinator

Opposition to nuclear waste at Keekle, Lake District

Reduce, Reuse , Recycle - Make Room for Radioactive Waste?
Keekle Head You Tube -

The Nuclear Industry is desperate to get rid of millions of tons of radioactive waste into landfill.  The Law has been changed to allow this to happen - what's needed is for this poxy law dreamt up  by the industry
and pronuke government departments to be changed.  The Environmental Law Foundation is assisting in this.  Until then it is a matter of firefighting each application.

Keekle Head in Cumbria is the latest - following a successful campaign to refuse  radioactive wastes in landfill at Kings Cliffe in Northamptonshire - we can be successful here in Cumbria.

 There is a political consensus opposing the Keekle Head proposal with even the pro nuclear MP Jamie Reed opposing - but we need to show strong opposition - this is the thin end of a very nasty nuclear wedge - the
nuclear industry's ambitions rely on "getting rid" of wastes

Keekle Head - Object Here:

Chernobyl still presents 'active danger'

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych warned on Monday that the

Chernobyl nuclear reactor remains a serious threat to Europe, urging
donors to stump up funds to secure the facility on the 24th
anniversary of the world's worst atomic accident. The 1986 reactor
explosion sent a cloud of radiation over much of Europe and severe
health problems persist. The exploded reactor is encased in a
deteriorating shell and internationally funded work to replace it is
far behind schedule. A statement released by the president's office
said that the plant's fourth nuclear reactor continued to present an
active danger after work to replace a deteriorating concrete shell
around the facility was postponed due to a shortage of funds last

Morning Star 27th Apr 2010

Chernobyl Day 26th Apr 2010

More than 50 protesters held a four-day camp on the beach near
Sizewell Nuclear Power Station to campaign against nuclear power on
the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The camps included
workshops, a demonstration, a tour of the proposed site for the new
reactor and commemorations for Chernobyl Day.

Indymedia 30th Apr 2010