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Press Release for immediate use (June 20th) .....................................

Radiation Watch – No safe dose of ‘low-level waste’
A Vigil organised by East Midlands CND will take place outside of Rolls Royce Marine on Raynesway, Derby on Monday 27th June between 3-5pm to draw attention to the plans to dump nuclear waste in a landfill site in the East Midlands.
Augean plc had failed to get permission from Northamptonshire County Council to dump ‘low-level waste’ but last month was granted an appeal by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Local campaigners were disappointed and shocked that the Minister who is responsible for steering the Localism Bill through Parliament overturned their conclusion. Louise Bagshaw MP for Corby said;

"We had a local referendum at the ballot box, not a petition, actual votes cast and 96% of people were against this dump. I will be asking the Secretary of State why his department has taken this appalling decision."

The only purpose-built ‘low level waste’ depository at Drigg in Cumbria is rapidly filling up. In 2010 the Government decided to revise regulations to allow more flexibility in how certain categories of waste are disposed of. It is expected that the permit for 250.000 tonnes per year at the Kings Cliffe site will be used in the decommissioning of the former Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Oxfordshire and also for other decommissioning schemes across the South of England and the Midlands which could include nuclear waste materials from Rolls Royce Marine.

The Environment Agency has also given permission for nuclear dumping at Lillyhall near Workington, despite Cumbrian County and Local Council objections. It says it is “satisfied” that the waste “would not cause a risk to people or the environment”. This judgement echoed by Eric Pickles in his Kings Cliffe Decision is disputed by East Midlands CND which is organising a public meeting on July 2nd to be addressed by Dr Ian Fairlie who served as  Secretary to the Government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE) between 2001-4.

ENDS

Contact: Richard Johnson Joint Chair of East Midlands CND 0116 225 0133
Email: rosy.townsend@gmail.com
2006 estimate of cost of decommissioning existing  civil nuclear sites was £72bn http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4859980.stm

Nuclear Dangers and the Green Alternative
Saturday 2 July 2.00-4.30
Speakers: Dr Ian Fairlie and Dr David Toke.
Ian is an independent radiation scientist, on CND Council and was secretary to the government's CERRIE committee on internal radiation.
David teaches at Birmingham University and has written widely on energy policy, ecology, environment and planning.

(Unitarian Great Meeting Chapel, 45 Bond Street Leicester LE1 4SX)

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