April 2007

[source] Safety procedures at the Sellafield nuclear plant in North-West England need to be tightened up, Nordic MPs will tell its owners at a meeting next month.
The UK authorities have granted permission to resume reprocessing of nuclear waste at the THORP unit,which was closed several years ago because of a radioactive leak.

“Personally, I don’t think that the unit should ever re-open,” said Asmund Kristoffersen MP from Norway, chair of the Nordic Council Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

The Committee discussed the issue on Wednesday during the the Nordic Council’s April meetings in Copenhagen. The controversial THORP unit has aroused strong feelings among Nordic and Irish politicians. The environment ministers of Norway, Ireland, Iceland and Austria recently demanded that it should not be re-opened, for example.

The organisation Lofoten against Sellafield is organising a conference on THORP in Sellafield, 21-22 May. The Nordic Council Environment Committee, headed by chairperson Kristoffersen, will attend. Other participants include the organisation Bellona, MPs and the owners of the Sellafield plant.

next October 6th the Police will play Dublin’s Croke Park. That weekend on the east coast of Ireland we will be looking over at Sellafield and thinking back to fifty years ago that week to when the Windscale Fire happened.

i’m looking for ideas & help with regards to focus on this issue that weekend. if you can help email info at shutsellafield.com

big thanks in advance.

“The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in, engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin, a nuclear error, but I have no fear, London is drowning-and I live by the river” London Calling – the clash 1979, same year as Three Mile Island meltdown.

BBC says Tuesday 17/4/2007 Energy summit: Everyone who is anyone in the nuclear industry will gather in Budapest, Hungary, as the World Nuclear Association discusses how best to meet the huge surge in demand for nuclear power

Last week I heard Turlough O’Sullivan of IBEC say we in Ireland should look at nuclear and have the debate. Come back when it is safe and have a debate, the fact that international capitalism can’t plan for tomorrow and here comes peak oil is not good enough reason to choose a technology that is not safe nor has a waste disposal solution even though they had 50 years to sort a solution out, sure when is peak uranium?

IBEC said 10/4/2007 With security of supply and energy costs affected by our 90% dependence on imported fossil fuels, and environmental commitments to carbon abatement, Ireland must evaluate all energy technologies that may be used to meet growing demand. As an alternative technology the potential of nuclear energy in Ireland must be debated in an open, informed and timely manner. [Business priorities for the next government pdf page 9]

A statement on incidents at nuclear installations in Britain that meet Ministerial reporting criteria is reported to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Secretary of State for Scotland and is published every quarter by the Health and Safety Executive.

For the period 1 October 2006 to 31 December 2006 there was one incident at Sellafield which met the reporting criteria. This involved a major injury accident ( a broken arm, fractured ulna and crush injuries to the wrist ) to one of British Nuclear Group Sellafield Ltd’s ( BNGSL ) workers whilst maintaining equipment in the Waste Treatment Complex Supercompactor Glovebox Suite on the Sellafield Licensed Site.

For more information visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear/quarterly-stat/2006-4.htm