The Nuclear Option:
wrong technology, wrong time, wrong place.
TUESDAY 18TH OCTOBER
JUBILEE HALL, ALDEBURGH
7-00pm for 7.30pm start
Jonathon Porritt has been one of the most influential advocates on behalf of the environment throughout his long and distinguished career.His numerous appearances on television and radio, countless public lectures and many hard-hitting articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the world have made him one of Britain’s foremost ‘greens’.
A former Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, Jonathan spent 9 years advising Government Ministers on environmental issues. He established Forum for the Future in 1996, now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity with a growing presence in the United States and Asia.
Come and enjoy a fascinating talk about exactly what our energy options are today, and let Jonathan address your questions and concerns during the Q & A at the end of the evening. Alongside Jonathon on the platform will be the co-founder of Greenpeace UK, Pete Wilkinson.
Available on the night or from ANJALI, High St, Aldeburgh
Call 01728 830965 for bookings
Organised by TASC (Together Against Sizewell C)
- Category: Events
Report from the East Anglian Daily Times 17 June 2016:
Link to the original article is here
Traces of radioactive material have been found on a second Suffolk beach by scientists monitoring the area around Sizewell.
Two months ago Environment Agency officials revealed that a small amount of an particularly dangerous “unusual” radioactive isotope had been found at Aldeburgh, and now they have disclosed that very small traces of a different element has also been found at Southwold. In both cases officials have stressed that the discoveries were very small amounts and there are no safety or environmental concerns and no risk to members of the public.
Stuart Parr, from the Environment Agency, told the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG), that Caesium – a metal used in medical applications, industrial gauges, and hydrology which is said to be mildly toxic – had been found at Southwold. He said: “It was a very small amount and could be to do with tide patterns.”
Investigations were taking place to find out the source though Caesium was not an unusual element to find. Mr Parr said operators of Sizewell A were carrying out an investigation into the Strontium-90, produced by nuclear fission, found at Aldeburgh beach, one of five beaches monitored in the area. This includes extra monitoring along the resort’s shoreline. He said:
“We are continuing to engage with the operator in this investigation...The extra sampling proposed is continuing as are the investigations outlined to the SSG last time.The results from the analysis of these additional samples are not yet available. It can take many weeks for Sr-90 to be analysed due to the complexity of the analytical technique, which needs to be done in a laboratory....A sample taken from Aldeburgh beach earlier in 2016 has been sent to two laboratories for comparison....Differences in working practices in different laboratories can cause subtle differences in analytical results which become important when working with such low concentrations of Sr-90 in these samples...Once all the data has been received and analysed a full report will be made by Sizewell A....It is important to note that these results are unusual, the levels of radioactivity detected are extremely low and do not represent a hazard to anyone using the beach.”
- Category: News
Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) joins the debate on the review of nuclear emergency planning
TASC - the coalition of anti- and pro-nuclear groups fighting to stop the development of Sizewell C - fed up with the constant delay over the review of the emergency planning issue around Sizewell, today distributed over 4000 flyers throughout Leiston and Saxmundham warning residents of the potential grave danger posed by Sizewell B and the future proposed development of two more reactors at Sizewell C.
The flyer argues that the current review of the 'detailed emergency evacuation zone (DEPZ) is in utter confusion. The possible reduction from 2.4kms to 1km for the pre-distribution of potassium iodate tablets (stable iodine) is insulting to people in the wider East Suffolk area, as is the suggestion that people outside the area “stay indoors and listen to local radio and TV for updates”
It points out that, after the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese authorities imposed an exclusion zone of 20kms and that the USA required its own nationals to observe a self-imposed 80kms no-go area around the stricken plant. The lessons learned exercise in which the UK nuclear industry participated in the wake of the event appears not to have stretched to taking on board the need to prepare people who live far away from the plant as well as those who live close by. In addition, it has been a source of concern to TASC that the new dry spent fuel store under construction at Sizewell B represents a terrorist target and that the consequences of an attack on the store and the resulting radioactive contamination appear not to have been taken into account in the current review process. TASC flyer also informs people that a notional Sizewell C will be three times as powerful as the Fukushima plant, making the potential consequences that much greater.
Pete Wilkinson, Acting Chairman of TASC, said today, 'It is time we took the lid off this debate and told people exactly how the authorities are gambling with their lives, their livelihoods, their jobs, their homes and farmland. According to the authoritative Max Planck Gesellschaft, nuclear accidents of a severe nature are likely to occur once every 10 - 20 years (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120522134942.htm)
yet our authorities seem hell-bent on keeping the evacuation zone at a ridiculously small radius - only 23 individuals would be affected by a 1km radius evacuation zone at Sizewell - so as not to frighten the second homers, tourists and business investments in the area. It is our view that we all have a right to know the truth and that the authorities have a duty to provide unbiased and accurate information to a wide constituency of people. If the proposed 1km evacuation zone is agreed, it will not be with the consent of residents, nor with the agreement of experts outside the industry, because they are excluded from the discussions”
The Government, the nuclear industry, the ONR, the county and district councils may do well to think again about the safety and well being of the residents of Suffolk . We should not ignore the perils of a nuclear accident. Plans will be imposed on us by those who have a vested interest and those who pretend that nuclear accidents can not happen in the UK, despite the evidence to the contrary. We certainly hope it never happens, but not to prepare for it could be catastrophic and by increasing the density of population in East Suffolk may cause even greater difficulty for any evacuation.
The Councillors responsible for Planning at County and District when making decisions which increase the population, need to be aware of the possibility of having to safely evacuate all residents, if they do not they are acting recklessly and irresponsibly and should reconsider their position
For further information contact:
Pete Wilkinson (Chair of TASC) on 01728 660232 mb 07940524831
Joan Girling 01728 830965
- Category: News