Target: Mark Herbert, U.K. Marine Licensing Case Officer
Goal: Prevent risk of radioactive materials being released as a result of drilling into seabed near nuclear waste discharge area.
A proposal to build three nuclear reactors near Sellafield in the U.K. will require that drilling take place offshore, potentially disturbing radioactive sediment on the sea floor. The area in the Irish sea has been the site of nuclear discharge from the Sellafield nuclear processing facility for over fifty years, and concerns have been raised regarding the risk of contamination from the churned-up silt.
The consortium, NuGeneration Limited (NuGen) wished to build the three reactors in Moorside, U.K. and the offshore drilling of 30-40 boreholes is needed for geomapping survey purposes related to the installation of cooling systems and intake and outfall pipes. The drilling will disturb the settled radioactive materials on the sea bed, which could end up being washed ashore in Britain and Ireland, as well as possibly affecting marine life in the Irish Sea and further north. Even without drilling, the contaminated materials have reached as far as Norwegian waters, and continue to be found on Irish and British shores.
The risks of radioactive contamination from these operations are not to be taken lightly. Sign this petition and prevent these materials from being even more widely distributed in our oceans.
Dear Mr. Herbert,
NuGeneration Limited’s plans to drill off the coast of Sellafield are glossing over the risk involved with relation to the radioactive waste that has settled over the last few decades. These investigatory boreholes will churn up these dangerous materials, discharged over the course of many years from the Sellafield facility, and place both marine life and the health of British and Irish people at risk.
Comments from NuGen that the effects are comparable to disturbances caused by storm surges in the Irish Sea should be cause for alarm, as there is reason to believe that these surges have led to increased amounts of radioactive materials found onshore, and it appears that no extensive environmental surveys have been conducted on the process. Even without the drilling, contamination from this waste has been found in Norwegian waters and deposited on shores in Britain and Ireland, north and south of the region.
The tag line of your office, the Marine Management Organization is, “Enabling sustainable growth in our marine area.” Water that has been contaminated with radioactive materials is not a sustainable model. I urge you to refuse the drilling of these boreholes in the Irish Sea, and protect the land and oceans surrounding it.
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