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Note stacking; proximity to the Irish Sea; rust; pooling water. It is in the rainiest part of England: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/the-northerner/2015/dec/09/cumbria-is-the-wettest-part-of-england-dont-scrimp-on-flood-defences This nuclear waste dump is officially expected to collapse due to coastal erosion. There is nothing low-level about the waste found within it, either. The operators are a consortium of California based URS (AECOM), Swedish Studsvik, and French State owned AREVA. British Serco is an affiliate. The owner is the British government (NDA).
Screen shots from official LLWR Video (NDA-Crown Copyright, OGL) https://youtu.be/NJkpLmzzWHE
On how to take action here: https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/lock-the-gate-on-drigg-nuclear-waste-site-15th-july-in-kendal
Many man-made radionuclides at Drigg LLWR are lethal for thousands and even millions of years: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/what-radionuclides-are-at-drigg-nuclear-waste-dump-near-the-irish-sea-many-still-lethal-after-natural-erosion-expected-to-undermine-it-still-time-to-oppose-drigg-decision-15th-july/ Collapse of the Drigg dump is officially expected: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/drigg-nuclear-waste-dump-menaced-by-coastal-erosion-foreign-companies-profit-uk-taxpayer-holds-liability-still-time-to-oppose-decision-15th-july/
From Radiation Free Lakeland:
“PRESS NOTICE LOCK THE GATE ON DRIGG –
THE UK’s NUCLEAR DUMP for “Low Level Waste”
Anti Nuclear and Citizen Groups slam the plan to stack shipping containers ever higher at the UK’s Low Level Nuclear Waste Dump. “Low Level Waste” includes: “a cocktail of relatively short-lived, intensely radioactive species such as the tritium, caesium, strontium and plutonium with half lives measured in years and decades, with daughters such as americium 241 that’s dangerous for centuries, mixed in with uranium and thorium isotopes with half lives as long as 14 billion years.” The Ecologist 31st December 2015 Radiation Free Lakeland.
The Close Capenhurst Campaign, Kick Nuclear and the Nuclear Trains Action Group will be at the Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal on 15th July representing 2000 people who have signed the Lock the Gate on Drigg petition. Martyn Lowe of the Close Capenhurst Campaign will be at the Council Meeting to draw Cumbria’s attention to an internal Environment Agency report which states: “in retrospect it was a mistake to site the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast because of its vulnerability to flooding. It says: “It is doubtful whether the location of the LLWR site would be chosen for a new facility for near-surface radioactive waste disposal if the choicee were being made now.” Mr Lowe says “The current Environmental Agency Flood Warning map clearly illustrates our concerns, showing that Drigg site is surrounded by low-lying land, which is prone to flooding.”
DRIGG IS “MOVING UP THE WASTE HIERARCHY” TO RECEIVE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE?
The nuclear industry is keen to display a green front to the world. Sites such as Chapelcross and Sellafield are being decommissioned. Once the radioactive debris has been cleared from Chapelcross, Scottish Enterprise say they would like it to be a “community green energy park.” There is just one problem. Where to put all the millions of tonnes of radioactive rubble, metals and contaminated building materials. Historically Drigg has received the bulk of this. But now the tsunami of nuclear waste is out of control, novel routes have to be found. In 2008 the law was changed to allow ever Higher Volumes of Very Low Level wastes into landfill, into “recycled” metal, into incineration.
This is called “moving up the waste hierarchy.” Twenty years ago there was a plan to dump low level and intermediate level waste in the geology under Cumbria. Waste has “been moved up the hierarchy” so that the plan is now for intermediate level waste and heat generating high level waste to be dumped deep in Cumbria’s geology. Drigg now not only receives “Low Level Waste” but is increasingly refusing to take waste from decommissioning Magnox plants which say the operators of the Drigg site can be “diverted to landfill.” Drigg, 300 metres from the rapidly eroding coastline should never have been any sort of landfill, never mind a radioactive landfill, is now looking at including Intermediate Level Waste such as found in the vicinity of the Sellafield ponds: “pond furniture is defined as: Metallic architecture used for, and associated with , the storage and handling of irradiated fuel in cooling ponds which has been or is currently stored under water, and which is classified as either low level waste (LLW) or else is intermediate level waste (ILW) where there is believed to be a practicable chance of using treatment or conditioning to render it LLW. This includes metallic waste such as (but is not limited to) storage racks, skips, frames, containers and element bottles”.
The ultimate expression of “moving waste up the hierarchy” is perhaps the blending of radioactive metal with clean metal. The resultant radioactive metal shot is dumped into the shipping containers at Drigg while the “clean” metal ([radioactive] hot spots can remain) is sold onto the open market. There is no control over this: the metal could be and will have been made into trouser zips and underwire bras. Studsvik (now EDF) run the Metal Recycling Facility at Workington, they are also part of the consortium of private businesses running the Drigg site.
Marianne Birkby of Radiation Free Lakeland has said: “in order to continue operating, the nuclear industry absolutely relies on getting shot of its wastes into the environment, by keeping Drigg open, novel routes into landfill, metal recycling, incineration and opening up the equivalent of ever more Driggs. We feel that it is not socially or ethically acceptable to continue to dump ever more dangerous nuclear wastes into the environment anywhere. The Drigg site is especially vulnerable and the radiological and chemical burden on this vulnerable environment was reached long ago.”
Radiation Free Lakeland http://wildar4.wix.com/radiation-free-land
Close Capenhurst Campaign http://close-capenhurst.org.uk Kick Nuclear https://kicknuclear.com Nuclear Trains Action Group. http://www.nonucleartrains.org.uk
Lock the Gate on Drigg https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/lock-the-gate-on-drigg-the-uks-nuclear-waste-site Plan to turn former nuclear power station into green energy park. http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/13876831.Plan_to_turn_former_nuclear_power_station_into__green_energy_park/ Pond Furniture and the Blending of Low Level and Intermediate Level Waste http://llwrsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Pond-Furniture-Strategic-Guidance.pdf 90 Double Decker Buses of Recycled Radioactive Metal sold to the open market https://web.archive.org/web/20160713042324/http://www.studsvik.com/global/brochure/files/assets/basic-html/page13.html
The operators are a consortium of California based URS (AECOM), Swedish Studsvik, and French State owned AREVA. British Serco is an affiliate. (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/nuclear-decommissioning-authority/about ) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/drigg-nuclear-waste-dump-menaced-by-coastal-erosion-foreign-companies-profit-uk-taxpayer-holds-liability-still-time-to-oppose-decision-15th-july/ Summary of Government Policy Statement (landfill, incineration etc) http://www.nuleaf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Item-5-Management-of-Low-Level-Radioactive-Waste.pdf
[Radiation Free Lakeland Press Release Ends; Emphasis our own.]
NOTE THAT BOTH EDF AND AREVA ARE OWNED BY THE FRENCH STATE. EDF ALSO OPERATES THE UK’S NUCLEAR REACTORS. THIS PROVIDES A POTENTIAL BACK DOOR FOR BRINGING FRENCH NUCLEAR WASTE FROM BOTH ROUTINE OPERATIONS AND DECOMMISSIONING TO DUMP IN THE UK. BREXIT SHOULD INCLUDE EDF NUCLEAR EXIT FROM BRITAIN. BRITAIN NEEDS TO SAFELY STORE ITS OWN NUCLEAR WASTE. It cannot risk having the nuclear waste of others dumped upon it.