22nd January 2016
March 11th 2016, 6pm
Please join us at Lydney Harbour on March 11th at 6pm to commemorate FUKUSHIMA DAY
Five years ago a tsunami off the coast of Japan caused a tidal wave to breach the defences of a nuclear power station. 120,00 people had to evacuate their homes, some as far away as 30 k from the plant. Most of these people are still evacuated and many will never return to their homes.
In Lydney we are 10k and in Coleford 17k from the site of the proposed Nuclear Power Station at Oldbury.
Details nearer the time, but please put this important date in your diary now.
Please join us and help to make this an important and memorable day for the people living in the shadow of Oldbury and Berkeley.
January 22nd 2016
Belgium: 48 hours to stop the next Chernobyl
STAND has had the following disturbing news from Avaaz. Please sign their petition (link below article):
Experts say we could be facing the biggest risk of nuclear disaster in Europe since Chernobyl after two old and cracked nuclear plants in Belgium were just restarted even after suffering a big explosion: but in 48 hours an unprecedented amount of pressure from all Europe can shut them down.
And these reactors are so old that this weekend, one already started to leak thick white gas again and citizens have taken to the streets on the Dutch and German borders in protest. In 48 hours, all of us in Europe can make a big impact backing these protesters when an official ministerial Dutch-Belgian joint visit to assess the safety situation.
Any nuclear disaster will affect all of us in Europe. So let’s get to 500,000 signatures and deliver them to both ministers in front of the media and make it clear that EU citizens will not allow Belgium to put us at risk of another Chernobyl that would affect millions of us.
STAND says: We highlighted the problem with these two reactors nearly a year ago (see Nuclear News, left: "Belgian nuclear reactors riddled with 16,000 unexplained cracks"), and the implications for the 430 nuclear reactors worldwide.
The crazy decision by the Belgian Government to re-open these potentially lethal power stations has had the affect of helping millions of people to realise how stupid it is to build nuclear power stations in heavily populated areas.
Perhaps when we get our message across that the chances of an accident of Fukushima proportions happening to any nuclear power station in its lifetime are 1 in 200 (a figure verified by a leading statistician and epidemiologist) people will wake up and realise that we have been incredibly lucky here in western Europe not to have had a serious accident - yet.
January 22nd 2016
Help raise awareness of the dangers of Nuclear Power by asking your local Parish Council about Emergency Planning
A Government directive is making Parish Councils everywhere address the issues of Emergency Planning in their own locality, and draw up a parish plan.
At STAND we believe that as part of that plan it is essential to plan for a major nuclear incident, yet there seems to be no such planning at Parish, District or County level in the Severn Estuary area.
That is why we are asking everyone who shares our views on Nuclear Power and lives within 30km of Oldbury or Berkeley - or indeed any nuclear facility - to write to their Parish Council this Autumn and ask them what their plans for a nuclear emergency are.
We have produced a suggested format, with questions we believe Parish Councils should be addressing, that can be downloaded here...
A list of Parish Councils for the Forest of Dean can be seen here...
November 4th 2015
Influential Documentary Film Maker brings
Anti-Nuclear Power Films to Lydney
STAND was fortunate enough to secure a visit to the Forest of the award winning documentary film maker Pradeep Indulkar at the Watney hall, Lydney on September 29th.
Pradeep was there to show and talk about his latest films, High Power and Jaitapur Live and was watched by over 40 people.
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Pradeep was a qualified nuclear engineer who was so alarmed by what he saw happening in the nuclear industry that he became an anti-nuclear activist.
In the film High Power he exposes the suffering of the people living near the Tarapur Nuclear Power Project, the largest nuclear power plant in India. The reactors have been condemned as dangerous by nuclear watchdogs, being of the same type but older than the Fukushima reactors that failed so catastrophically in Japan in 2011
In Jaitapur Live, Pradeep follows the protest movement against the building of what is planned to be the largest nuclear power plant in the world, at Jaitapur. Protestors say it will destroy the extraordinary ecosystem in the coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra and displace thousands of villagers from their homes.
It will also be a safety threat, being built, like Fukushima, in an earthquake zone and threatened by tsunamis. The planned reactors are to be of the new, and as yet untested, EPR type, built by the French state owned company Areva, that have run into construction problems, delays and cost over-runs in Flamanville in France, and in Finland.
This is the same type and company that are to build the new Hinkley nuclear power station in Somerset, so Pradeep’s film was very relevant to the nuclear controversy raging here in the UK.
27th April 2015
Government can now bury nuclear waste
wherever they like!
Amendment to bill makes objection unlawful
Photo of test drilling in Cumbria by courtesy of Radiation Free Lakeland
Government is "wiping out democracy to dump nuclear waste" say Cumbrians.
In a shameful abuse of the parliamentary process, the government forced through an amendment to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Bill (NSIP) just before dissolving Parliament, allowing the Government to bury high and intermediate level nuclear waste wherever they want, without opposition, having removed the right of councils - or anyone else - to object, on any grounds whatsoever.
There was no advance notice of the amendment, thus there was no chance for environmental and human rights groups to organise opposition and lobbying.
English Heritage describe how the normal checks and balances of democracy are wiped away by the undemocratic NSIP: "Planning permission, listed building consent, scheduled monument consent and conservation area consent amongst other are not required for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects."
In other words hard won planning protections are null and void as is democracy, with the final decision on any future 'geological disposal facility' (GDF) taken by the Secretary of State alone.
Read a full account in the Ecologist, here
15th April 2015
JAPAN'S NUCLEAR FUTURE IN DOUBT
Objectors win victory to prevent
reopening of nuclear plant
Judges rule against restart of reactors at Takahama plant over safety concerns, dealing setback to PM’s plans to relaunch nuclear power generation four years after Fukushima disaster
A court in Japan has dealt a blow to plans by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to relaunch nuclear power generation four years after the Fukushima meltdown by halting the restart of two reactors over safety concerns.
The country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority had approved the restart of the reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui prefecture, but in a ruling on Tuesday judges sided with residents who had sought an injunction against the facility’s operator, Kansai Electric Power (Kepco).
The residents had argued that nuclear officials had underestimated the plant’s vulnerability to powerful earthquakes of the kind that triggered the Fukushima disaster.
They added that the reactors did not meet proper safety standards and that evacuation contingencies were inadequate
The italics in the last sentence are ours - STAND believes it is shameful that this sort of challenge could not happen here in this country.
Under the Large Projects Infrastructure legislation, it is not legal to contest the building of a nuclear power station on these - or indeed virtually any other - grounds.
Full story here
15th April 2015
FUKUSHIMA SETBACK AS
TRANSFORMER ROBOT STALLS
The Fukushima nuclear palnt in flames back in 2011
Decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent into a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned.
The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Tepco, which recently conceded that the technology for robots to retrieve the nuclear fuel had yet to be developed, said on Monday it would cut the cables to the robot and postpone a similar inspection using a separate device.
The “transformer” robot, which can alter its shape depending on its surroundings, was sent in to take photographs and record temperatures and radiation levels.
It had covered 14 of 18 locations when it stalled, about three hours after beginning its journey around the vessel, officials said, adding that they had yet to establish the cause of the problem.
More than four years after the plant suffered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, radiation levels inside the reactors are still far too high for humans to enter
Full story here
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