NEW 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
20th February 2015
March 11th 2015
Please join us at Lydney Harbour on March 11th at 6pm to commemorate FUKUSHIMA DAY
Four 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.
We will meet at the Standing Stones and picnic tables at Lydney Harbour.
We will take the short walk to the gate over the canal where we will throw flowers into the water to a background of Japanese music.
We will read out personal messages that we have sent to the people of Fukushima, then write new messages for the people of Lydney who walk along the path and see Oldbury power station.
We will end by lighting our lanterns and singing together.
Please join us and help to make this an important and memorable day for the people living in the shadow of Oldbury and Berkeley.
9th October 2014
EU Commission agrees to allow "illegal" subsidy for new Hinkley Nuclear Power Station
Molly Scott Cato talking at STAND's Fukushima Day in March
"A massive setback for renewable energy in the South West" says MEP
Commenting on the decision and the Greens' continuing opposition to Hinkley and nuclear, Molly Scott Cato said:
"In waving through the massively problematic Hinkley C deal, the outgoing Barroso-led EU Commission is giving a cynical boost to nuclear power. There can be no doubt that the generous terms being offered by the UK government to EDF on Hinkley C amounts to illegal state aid under EU rules. It is a scandal that one of the final acts of the Barroso Commission is to turn a blind eye to the illegality of the Hinkley deal.
"This deal, and the precedent it creates, is a massive setback for renewable energy in the South West and the rest of the UK. Small scale renewable energy producers will find it difficult to compete with large scale subsidised nuclear, meaning the thousands of potential jobs that could be created in the renewables sector will be lost.
"Today's decision by the Commission will not be the last word. The European Commission cannot be allowed to clear the path for further exorbitant public spending on this dated and dangerous technology, when we should be promoting a safe and sustainable energy future for Europe. Greens will fully support any legal challenges that may now present themselves.”
STAND says: STAND is non-party political and does not promote any political party over another, but we must note that only the Green Party and its prospective parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean, James Greenwood, have come out against nuclear power. While the Labour party is not at this point in time against Nuclear Power, Steve Parry-Hearne, the proposed Labour Candidate for the Forest of Dean, does support STAND in its oppostion to a proposed NP station at Oldbury.
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