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Bob Crow (13 June 1961-11 March 2014)
“I’ll make my position absolutely clear to my unions, I would ban all nuclear power altogether, it’s not safe“. (BBC 4, 26 Oct. 2013, (17:37) recorded Fri. 25 Oct. 2013, Thetford-Thomas Paine Common Sense Club ).
Photo of Bob Crow by Jarle Vines, March 2012 (CC BY-SA-3.0)
He was also opposed to Trident. For more see: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/learning-from-bob-crow-the-late-rail-maritime-and-transport-union-leader/
“Robert ‘Bob’ Crow (13 June 1961 – 11 March 2014) was a British trade union leader who served as the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) from 2002 until his death. He was also a member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Crow
Bob Crow: “If you fight you won’t always win. But if you don’t fight you will always lose” http://union-news.co.uk/2014/03/activists-pay-respects-bob-crow
Bob Crow on Thatcher: “I won’t shed one single tear over her death. She destroyed the NHS and destroyed industry in this country and as far as I’m concerned she can rot in hell.” (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-26528436 “In quotes: Bob Crow, 11 March 2014“). He was apparently widely criticized for saying aloud what almost everyone who was alive when Thatcher was PM really thinks.
Concerns about Safety of Nuclear Waste Transport
As General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), he was rightly concerned about the transport of nuclear waste. After an October 2013 train derailment, he stated: “The fact that this wasn’t one of the nuclear trains that use that line at that time of night is a relief to everyone but that appears to have been pure luck. The pictures that RMT has seen show that this freight train could have ended up toppling from the elevated section and into Camden Gardens. You cannot underestimate the seriousness of this incident” http://www.rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/node/4534 “That Derailed Overground Train Wasn’t Nuclear Say RMT” Submitted by rmtlondon on 16 October, 2013 – 16:07
“A freight train derailment last year in north London was caused by a track in a poor condition, a report has found.” (15 Oct. 2014: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-29635347)
“At about 02:40 hrs on 15 October 2013, a freight train travelling from Birmingham to Felixstowe derailed close to the site of the former Primrose Hill station in north- west London. There were no injuries as a consequence of the accident, although there was damage to the train and to railway infrastructure. The North London route, which carries London Overground passenger services as well as freight trains, was subsequently closed for six days. One wagon in the train ran derailed until the train reached a junction near Camden Road station. At this point, an empty container toppled off the wagon and damaged overhead line electrification equipment. The derailment was caused by a combination of the track geometry and condition, as well as the longitudinal and lateral asymmetric loading of the wagon which reduced its resistance to derailment on twisted track… the RAIB has also identified that Network Rail should give particular attention to the possible consequences of a high turnover of responsible staff during reorganisations.”
“Derailment at Primrose Hill / Camden Road West Junction 15 October 2013, by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, Department for Transport. Report 21/2014 Camden Road 7 October 2014, © Crown copyright, OGL http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/141014_R212014_Camden_Road_West_Jn.pdf
“Every week, trains carrying nuclear waste trundle along the UK’s outdated rail network through our villages, towns and cities…”
Another incident, brought to light shortly after Bob Crow’s death, points to additional risks associated with the transport of nuclear waste:
“Oldbury Inspection of Fuel Route after Contamination found at Sellafield
Site: Oldbury IR number: 14-003 Date: June 2014 LC numbers: 34
Purpose of intervention
This inspection visit was made gather preliminary information on an incident notified to ONR (INF1 2014/229) by site following contamination being found at Sellafield associated with a transport flask that was sent from Oldbury.
Interventions Carried Out by ONR
ONR inspected the pond area, the route from the pond to the Flask dispatch area and the Berkeley rail head where the flask is loaded onto a train for its journey to Sellafield.
Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate
Key Findings, Inspector’s Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made
The Oldbury documentation reviewed by the Radioactive Materials Transport (RMT) and site inspector for Flask E58 indicated that all the required contamination checks had been completed. Oldbury found minor errors in the paperwork but these were not connected to the flask checks. Based on the paperwork records, Oldbury and the ONR Inspectors could not see how debris on Flask E58 could have gone undetected. This raised the suspicion that the paperwork may not accurately reflect what actually happened with regard to Flask monitoring.
Owing to the relatively large amount of splitter debris at the bottom of the pond in the Flask loading area, Oldbury assumed that the contamination found at Sellafield originated at Oldbury. Given what we subsequently saw in the picture of the debris around the Flask loading area this seemed reasonable.
Oldbury asked Magnox Ltd to undertake an independent investigation of the incident. Oldbury also considered methods of improving management of flask contamination checks.
Conclusion of Intervention
It is likely, given the amount of debris where the flask is placed in the pond that the contamination found at Sellafield originated from Oldbury. However, if all the checks required by the procedures at Oldbury were done correctly, it is difficult to see how the debris was not spotted before the flask was loaded onto the transporter.
ONR should await the report of the licensee’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding this event before considering any further regulatory action.” http://www.onr.org.uk/intervention-records/2014/oldbury-14-003.htm (Open Government Licence, v. 2.0)
In a landmark move for the nuclear industry, a ‘mixed load’ of radioactive materials was shipped by train from Berkeley Railhead in Gloucester to Sellafield in Cumbria.
Transportation of radioactive waste
Flasks containing spent fuel from Oldbury were loaded alongside ISO containers of packaged Intermediate Level Waste from Research Sites Restoration Limited’s Harwell Site in Oxfordshire.
Specialist rail freight operator, Direct Rail Services (DRS), ran the train. DRS already operates both services separately and has a long history of safely transporting materials for the nuclear industry.
Historically, the transport of these loads have always operated separately. However, NDA concluded that sharing loads to Sellafield would deliver savings and environmental benefits. A long period of planning, stakeholder and regulatory engagement was required before the first mixed transport was successfully completed in July.
John Slaughter, Magnox Head of Fuel, said:
“Whilst both traffic streams are well established, this represents the first time they have been combined in this way. This paves the way for significant savings and efficiencies in the future.” OPL, v.2.0
http://www.nda. gov.uk/2014/08/mixed-load-by-rail-delivers-benefits/ Radioactive Slaughter?
Can it really a mere coincidence that such a high profile antinuclear activist died on the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident? And, within a few days of another high profile antinuclear activist, Tony Benn?
In 2002, Crow had been attacked at his home “by two men wielding an iron bar.“ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Crow
Remember Hilda Murrell and Willie MacRae
Remember the mysterious deaths of 78 year old Hilda Murrell and 61 year old Willie McRae. Hilda Murrell was to speak in opposition to the Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station, on the basis of the fact that there is no solution to nuclear waste. http://hildamurrell.org Willie MacRae had successfully worked to stop a nuclear waste dump in Ayrshire, Scotland and “At the time of his death, McRae had been working to counter plans to dump nuclear waste from the Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment into the sea. Due to his house being burgled on repeated occasions prior to his death, he had taken to carrying a copy of the documents relating to his Dounreay work with him at all times. However, they were not found following his death, and the sole other copy which was kept in his office was stolen when it was burgled, no other items being taken.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_MacRae According to John McGill he had evidence that they wanted to bury waste in the sands at Applecross (or offshore). McGill states that they were told that a large part of the Mulwharcher, S. Ayrshire, dump would be for Japanese Nuclear Waste!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.electricscotland.com/independence/scotEUMcRae.pdf
The timing suggests that he might have known of the nuclear waste accident (explosion) at Dounreay, which was only exposed much after the fact. BUTEC (British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre) is offshore from Applecross, Scotland.
The British State had a long tradition of deporting or killing dissidents. The question is only whether or not they have ever gotten over it. Deportation is no longer an option. One cannot underestimate the possibility that those in the construction industry could have killed Hilda Murrell, though that’s not what her nephew concluded. And, he has researched it for decades, so should know. But, more generally, nuclear reactors and underground nuclear waste dumps are big construction-infrastructure projects. And, the construction industry is traditionally tight with the mafia, in much of the world. There must not be as much money in upkeep of roads and railroads and bridges. Why not repair them instead of building nuclear reactors?