Letter: Back in 2014 Radiation Free Lakeland said “Stop Moorside”. Well we did! Now it appears we have to do it all over again. The nuclear industry is super keen to promote itself as clean energy and is being supported in this aim by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership who are gaslighting Cumbrians by including nuclear in their “Clean Energy Sector Panel”. They say they have done a “feasibility study” and found the Moorside site to be “suitable” for new nuclear. Whoever did this “feasibility study” had tunnel vision. The Moorside site adjacent to the sprawling Sellafield nuclear waste site is not suitable for any sort of development – let alone new nuclear development, no matter how prettily it is dressed up in green garb. Here are just a few reasons why. Nuclear is not “clean energy” – the latest quarterly report from the Offices of Nuclear Regulation with its catalogue of reported leaks from the Sellafield site is testament to how the site operates like a leaky bucket, with Sellafield’s wastes from tritium to plutonium impacting on the surrounding land and sea. The Moorside site itself is contaminated with Sellafield’s waste, including americium and tritium. West Cumbria’s freshwater is stressed (Sellafield uses a lot of fresh water, new nuclear would use even more of this precious resource). Because of the stressed freshwater supply in West Cumbria, freshwater from boreholes is now supplementing the public supply. The proposed Moorside site would be less than a mile from these boreholes.
Whitehaven News 11th July 2020 read more »