Anti-nuclear protesters slam plans for new power station

First published in News

PROTESTERS have slammed plans for a brand new nuclear power station in Cumbria, saying it will damage the environment and cause a water shortage for nearby residents.

Radiation Free Lakeland members plan to hold demonstrations and organise ‘camps’ to protest against a potential new station, at Moorside, Sellafield, which took another step forward last week.

“It will be bigger than Sellafield and will be burning uranium harder and longer, making the spent fuel even hotter,” said Marianne Birkby, spokeswoman for the Cumbrian action group. “It will need to be cooled for decades longer, with fresh water out of Wastwater. There are already concerns about the strain on fresh water resources because so much is going to Sellafield.

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It is estimated the nuclear station will create at least £10billion worth of investment and around 21,000 jobs.

But Ms Birkby said the environment will take a hit if the power station goes ahead.

“Because these new reactors are burning stuff for harder and longer the material run off into the oceans will be increased - and the thermal heating of the oceans will therefore increase,” she explained.

"This is a significant step forward for the plan to establish new nuclear in West Cumbria,” said NDA chief executive officer, John Clarke.

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6:43pm Sat 10 May 14

life cycle too says...

Turkeys voting against Christmas!
Turkeys voting against Christmas! life cycle too
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9:00pm Sat 10 May 14

marianneb says...

You are right ..Turkeys must rise up and vote against Christmas ... The article doesn't mention that the same companies who designed and built Fukushima reactors in such a dangous place are signing deals with our insane nuclear new build obsessed government. A government that should be obsessed with nuclear safety at Sellafield, All of Europe is at risk.
You are right ..Turkeys must rise up and vote against Christmas ... The article doesn't mention that the same companies who designed and built Fukushima reactors in such a dangous place are signing deals with our insane nuclear new build obsessed government. A government that should be obsessed with nuclear safety at Sellafield, All of Europe is at risk. marianneb
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11:33pm Sun 11 May 14

life cycle too says...

When a tsunami strikes West Cumbria, then most of the Solway, Walney and Blackpool would be at risk... I'm not sure about the whole of Europe!
When a tsunami strikes West Cumbria, then most of the Solway, Walney and Blackpool would be at risk... I'm not sure about the whole of Europe! life cycle too
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