Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NUCLEAR INCIDENTS IN THE UK



The UK's Ministry of Defence has been evading an international ban on dumping radioactive waste into the sea.

It  has redefined thousands of uranium weapons fired in the Solway Firth as "placements".


General Sir Peter Wall

At an MoD meeting in June 2004, an official pointed out that there could be "a future problem" firing Depleted Uranium  into the sea. 

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, known as the OSPAR convention, agreed by 15 governments, including the UK, said "it was illegal to dump waste into the sea".

But another official said there was no problem because the MoD's interpretation was "the projectiles were placements not dumping".

MoD 'places' its depleted uranium shells in in the Solway Firth | Herald Scotland / "Cynical" depleted uranium testing - Dumfries and Galloway Standard



Army tanks use the military firing range at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, to fire depleted uranium shells into the sea.

Depleted uranium shells have been linked to cancer and birth defects.

A Dr Heasman told an inquiry (the Dounreay Inquiry) that the DG7.3 post code area, a little inland from Kirkcudbright, contained the highest excess leukaemia risk (age 0 - 24) of any post code in Scotland.


Photo from: nebuchadnezzarwoollyd.blogspot.

People in the Kircudbright area point to cancer and leukaemia clusters around the Dundrennan range. 

(BBC News SCOTLAND Dundrennan: Under friendly fire)

Local people say there have been misfirings on the Dundrennan range.

Some report that "the site is littered with unexploded ordnance; that there has been a strange red dust on the road that borders the base; that a quartermaster died of leukaemia."

There are reports of traces of beryllium, a component of depleted uranium, being found 30 miles away from Dundrennan. 



Sellafield, in Cumbria, in the UK.

On 22 March 2013, it was reported that the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant has been shut down because of severe weather conditions.

A 'site incident' was declared at the Cumbria base and plants moved to a "controlled, safe, shut-down state".

Sellafield shutdown: Severe weather closes nuclear site

The Slog blogger has obtained graphs from four Irish airports, all of which show an airborne radiation blip shortly after the incident.

Smoke Signals

"Clouds of radon are hitting the monitors randomly, but the timing of the hits is most relevant here I believe. 

"The low level wind chart shows the wind blowing to the north west, and it is possible some has moved down the channel as the east coast of Ireland shows a higher reading on the coastal monitoring stations. 

"But the whole of Ireland looks like it is getting a hit. 

"The winds taking the main plume out to the Atlantic are likely to bring this contamination back to either Ireland or even the UK as there is a moving LOW pressure zone west of Ireland."

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Anonymous said...

When Vieques was no longer available as an artillery firing range, Blair allowed an island near the Firth of Forth to be used and that is why the radiactive signature didn't match with a nearby power station because it was coming from the bombing range on the island that I can't remember the name of.

 
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