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Then comes UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey whose brother, Henry, is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills to try impose a nuclear waste dump on Cumbria, after the Cumbria County Council said no! Henry advised EDF on the company’s acquisition of British Energy in 2008. Herbert Smith Freehills worked with EDF to gain development consent for the construction and operation of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/new-energy-secretarys-appointment-underlines-unhealthy-relationship-between-government-and
Much of the land of the Lake District National Park, endangered by the dump, was bought and given in Trust to the UK by Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin fame. She used her earnings from the book to try to save and preserve the lifestyle of the English Lake District. When she was barely cold in her grave they placed Sellafield on the coast nearby.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_Squirrel_Nutkin Radiation Free Lakeland follows in her footsteps…

The article below is published on the excellent Open Democracy/Our Kingdom website
http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/marianne-birkby/did-comic-art-save-cumbria-from-nuclear-dump

Radioactive Reds!_1

Did comic art save Cumbria from the nuclear dump?
MARIANNE BIRKBY 21 March 2013

Earlier this year, Cumbria county council woke up to the reality behind decades of government propaganda and nuclear industry spin and rejected a plan to bury radioactive waste in England’s Lake District.

What Cumbria needed was a super hero to lead a revolt against the government plan to build a mega mine under Cumbria filled with the world’s plutonium. That’s what comic books are traditionally for isn’t it — super heroes saving the world?

My days used to be spent happily painting wildlife with a bit of anti-nuclear campaigning on the side. Slowly the balance tipped. The reason? Sheer frustration and growing anger, deeper than anger, at the government plan to bury heat generating nuclear waste under Cumbria in a hole (or two)…

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