Nuclear plant says it will not reverse deer cull decision despite weekend protest outside gates

The demonstrators on Sunday

The demonstrators on Sunday

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PROTESTERS gathered at the weekend in an attempt to stop the culling of roe deer at Sellafield.

People from Seascale, Bowness and Milnthorpe united to fight against a proposed cull by operators of the nuclear plant.

Sunday's protest comes as a result of deer being trapped by a new secondary security fence erected at the west Cumbria plant.

Anti-nuclear campaigner Marianne Birkby, of Radiation Free Lakeland, said: “About 15 of us, including children, set up banners to coincide with shift workers coming on at 2pm and asked them to honk their horns if they agreed with us, and they did with thumbs up.”

“What was not part of the remit was the removal of part of the fence to let the deer escape,” she added.

Five to 12 wild roe deer are thought to be trapped between the two fences and the company says the action has only been taken as a ‘last resort’, and on ‘expert advice’.

Chair of Seascale Parish Council Helen Pateman said: “We regret it very much and we see the deer as part of our landscape which people enjoy.

“We don’t associate ourselves with Radiation Free Lakeland but we remain to be convinced this is the only solution to the problem that Sellafield have created themselves.”

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Ms Birkby said there are three petitions calling for the cull to stop and they currently have about 3,700 signatures between them.

Respect for Wildlife Founder Katherine Green said: “We have a humane expert, Kevin Newell, who can help but this is just a quick fix, and we will be having more peaceful protests.”

Mr Newell, who runs Humane Wildlife Solutions in the Scottish Borders, says he has offered several times to meet with Sellafield bosses to discuss a non-lethal solution to the deer trapped in the compound.

Mr Newell claimed: “Unfortunately, the company has so far ignored my requests to meet with them but my offer remains - I would like to help resolve this problem.

“These are wild animals, adept at escaping dogs and other dangers and the idea that they might hurt themselves on vegetation is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.”

A Sellafield spokesman said: “Not surprisingly, having exhausted all options before making our decision and proactively informing local stakeholders of our intention, the advice from our experts has not and will not change, despite the strong feelings which have been expressed.

“Finally we would like to thank all of those involved on Sunday for the respectful, considerate and, above all peaceful approach with which they carried out their protest.”

Kate Fowler, of Animal Aid, said: “This is a huge and controversial company that seeks complex solutions to difficult and dangerous problems as a matter of course, and it cannot be beyond their wit to release a handful of deer.

“There will, no doubt, be more demonstrations to come but most of all we want the company to consider the offers that have been made by wildlife deterrence experts to let the deer back out of the compound.

“After all, it is the company's fault that they are trapped there.”
 

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2:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

marianneb says...

Shocking. The fences are meaningless government bling ...here is an unpublished letter sent out to press....

Hypocrisy is building ever more security fences on the one hand to ‘protect’ the Sellafield site. And on the other hand dumping radioactive
wastes into landfill.
Just who are Sellafield protecting? Neither the public subjected to “controlled release of radiation to groundwaters" at Lillyhall or the
deer, incompetently (we are told), trapped inbetween the old and the new security fence.

West Cumbrians have conscientiously reduced, reused and recycled their domestic waste which, say the companies running Lillyhall landfill, means
that there is “spare capacity” of 1.4 million cubic metres. Of course the companies concerned will receive far more lucrative government contracts
to dump nuclear waste and clear the decks for new build, than for dumping domestic waste. “Reducing, reusing and recycling” radioactive waste is
also known as “decommissioning
– in other words dispersal to the environment. Marketed by the industry as good practice this is anything
but good.

There is a cynical and dangerous mission creep going on at Lillyhalllandfill site. The site originally only accepted Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials, then it was licensed over the heads of council and businesses to accept the newly classified “exempt” High Volume Low Level Radioactive wastes.

This “exempt” classification led of course to Sellafield dumping low-level and even intermediate level wastes into the landfill and being
fined £700,000 (paid for by the taxpayer). Now the European Union has classified Lillyhall as a Radioactive Waste Repository earmarked to
accept wastes from for example Chapelcross in Scotland up until the year 2029 and beyond. This is unacceptable.

Every human has a right to an unpolluted environment; ours is being polluted at an unprecedented rate.

Radiation Free Lakeland urge people to write to Cumbria County Council
asking them to refuse the permit for Lillyhall landfill as a Nuclear Waste Site for the following reasons:
1. Radioactive waste arriving at the landfill site via tipper trucks in
unmarked plastic bags.
2. The EU say there will be a “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters” at Lillyhall and that this will “not impact on member states.” (!)
3. Radioactive Waste coming into the county from, for example, Scotland.
5. Lillyhall landfill site is subject to water ingress/flooding.
6. Lillyhall landfill site is two miles from of the town of Workington, a mile from Harrington and less than half a mile from Distington and
a few minutes walk from the Nuclear Academy

7. Adverse health impacts. The Environment Agency in its draft authorisation for the Kingscliffe site in Northamptonshire said: “It is true that an exposure to 0.02mSv per year of ionising radiation
would be expected to have an adverse effect on human health…” This is from waste up to 200 bequerels per gram – twice as much up to 400 bequerels a gram is being proposed at Lillyhall.
8. There is predetermination from the European Commission that Lillyhall will be the next Radioactive Waste Repository.

Please Write to Cumbria County Council urging them not to grant operators a license to dump “exempt” and HV VLLW radioactive waste into Lillyhall
landfill when they meet on 26th February.
The Development Control Committee Chair’s email is:
Alan.Clark@cumbria.g
ov.uk Application No: 2/13/9007.

Security fences are meaningless if this land of Cumbria is being dumped on.
The deer and us need clean water for life.
Shocking. The fences are meaningless government bling ...here is an unpublished letter sent out to press.... Hypocrisy is building ever more security fences on the one hand to ‘protect’ the Sellafield site. And on the other hand dumping radioactive wastes into landfill. Just who are Sellafield protecting? Neither the public subjected to “controlled release of radiation to groundwaters" at Lillyhall or the deer, incompetently (we are told), trapped inbetween the old and the new security fence. West Cumbrians have conscientiously reduced, reused and recycled their domestic waste which, say the companies running Lillyhall landfill, means that there is “spare capacity” of 1.4 million cubic metres. Of course the companies concerned will receive far more lucrative government contracts to dump nuclear waste and clear the decks for new build, than for dumping domestic waste. “Reducing, reusing and recycling” radioactive waste is also known as “decommissioning – in other words dispersal to the environment. Marketed by the industry as good practice this is anything but good. There is a cynical and dangerous mission creep going on at Lillyhalllandfill site. The site originally only accepted Naturally Occuring Radioactive Materials, then it was licensed over the heads of council and businesses to accept the newly classified “exempt” High Volume Low Level Radioactive wastes. This “exempt” classification led of course to Sellafield dumping low-level and even intermediate level wastes into the landfill and being fined £700,000 (paid for by the taxpayer). Now the European Union has classified Lillyhall as a Radioactive Waste Repository earmarked to accept wastes from for example Chapelcross in Scotland up until the year 2029 and beyond. This is unacceptable. Every human has a right to an unpolluted environment; ours is being polluted at an unprecedented rate. Radiation Free Lakeland urge people to write to Cumbria County Council asking them to refuse the permit for Lillyhall landfill as a Nuclear Waste Site for the following reasons: 1. Radioactive waste arriving at the landfill site via tipper trucks in unmarked plastic bags. 2. The EU say there will be a “controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters” at Lillyhall and that this will “not impact on member states.” (!) 3. Radioactive Waste coming into the county from, for example, Scotland. 5. Lillyhall landfill site is subject to water ingress/flooding. 6. Lillyhall landfill site is two miles from of the town of Workington, a mile from Harrington and less than half a mile from Distington and a few minutes walk from the Nuclear Academy
 7. Adverse health impacts. The Environment Agency in its draft authorisation for the Kingscliffe site in Northamptonshire said: “It is true that an exposure to 0.02mSv per year of ionising radiation would be expected to have an adverse effect on human health…” This is from waste up to 200 bequerels per gram – twice as much up to 400 bequerels a gram is being proposed at Lillyhall. 8. There is predetermination from the European Commission that Lillyhall will be the next Radioactive Waste Repository. Please Write to Cumbria County Council urging them not to grant operators a license to dump “exempt” and HV VLLW radioactive waste into Lillyhall landfill when they meet on 26th February. The Development Control Committee Chair’s email is: Alan.Clark@cumbria.g ov.uk Application No: 2/13/9007. Security fences are meaningless if this land of Cumbria is being dumped on. The deer and us need clean water for life. marianneb
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