“Coal Chokes Nukes Annihilate”
Thank you to everyone who is donating and campaigning to Help Stop the Cumbrian coal Mine.
The ball has been kicked back to Cumbria County Council. We now need to tell the Council again that they should scrap the coal mine plan and why!
Here is an Excellent Letter to Cumbria County Council’s Development Control & Regulation Committee. Please do use this letter below from David Penney as inspiration for your own letters – if you have written before please do write again. If you are a member or executive of one of the 80 organisations who wrote to Boris Johnson please ask these NGOs to make sure they do not deceive the public and politicians by ignoring the serious nuclear aspects of this coal mine . If you are a member of any of these NGOs eg Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Friends of the Lake District, CPRE, Cumbria Action for Sustainability etc please ask them to write urgently to Cumbria County Council, (the ball has been kicked back to the local council) with the FULL truth including the serious intergenerational nuclear impacts.
WRITE TO ……..
Address and Email…
Development Control and Regulation Committee
Support Officer to Committee: Nicola Harrison
COPY: Chair of the Committee, Geoffrey Cook
Dear Committee Members
Review: Planning Permission for new Coal Mine in West Cumbria
Following the Financial Times Article (9th February 2021) on a proposed deep Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in West Cumbria, it has become clear that there is a connection between the proposed new Coal Mine and Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) as 2 Executives from the Mining Company have been seconded to serve on the Radioactive Waste Management Body (RWM), a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is responsible for finding a Nuclear Waste Disposal Site.
One nuclear expert, Dr Paul Dorfman of University College London’s Energy Institute, is quoted as saying in the Financial Times Article that no new Nuclear Reactors should be built until they have solved the problem of the safe storage of existing nuclear waste. It is interesting to note that so far no safe waste storage facility has been developed anywhere in the world. Finland has been trying to develop such a deep nuclear fuel repository site at Onkalo since 2000 and still have not solved safe storage and technical problems.
This link up between the coal and nuclear industries would seem to indicate that the proposed new coal mine, near to Sellafield, which stores an immense amount of nuclear waste in a hazardous deteriorating condition, and near to the proposed new nuclear reactors, might be accessed at a future date to develop a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for storing Radioactive Waste or on a site closely adjacent to the proposed mine with its potentially dangerous geological faults.
The Government has already announced a Consultation with the 2 relevant District Councils (Copeland and Allerdale) on finding a suitable GDF site in the area despite the presence of geological faults in the area of West Cumbria known collectively as “The Lake District Boundary Fault Zone” (LDBFZ) which lies at the junction between the Carboniferous and younger rocks of West Cumbria and the East Irish Sea Basin.
A British Geological Survey of the area in 2010 recorded in their Report: “Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: Initial Geological Unsuitability Screening of West Cumbria” that there were initial risks in using the area for a GDF due to unstable nature of the Geology and recommended further studies to confirm the unsuitability or otherwise of using the area as a GDF.
In the light of these uncertainties and the risk of a new coal mine disturbing the geology with further faults, fractures, subsidence and leakage, which could have adverse impacts on the site of adjoining Sellafield as well as the proposed sites for new Nuclear Reactors and a GDF, it would be reasonable that the precautionary principle should be invoked and planning permission for a new Coal Mine in West Cumbria should be rescinded along with the other main reason stated in this Submission
A decision by Cumbria County Council to revoke planning permission for a new coal mine would also imply that any proposal for a GDF in West Cumbria would also be rejected.
The two West Cumbrian Councils of Copeland and Allerdale seem to support the new coal mine saying that it is needed to supply coal/coke to the steel industry in the UK and would create lots of jobs as well as export surplus coal (CO2) overseas. What they don’t tell us is that steel can be produced in electric arc furnaces or new hydrogen powered carbon free steel foundries being developed by Sweden.
Supporters also ignore the impact of increasing CO2 emissions from extracting coal which would contravene UK’s commitment to phase out coal, gas and oil fossil fuel production and reduce CO2 emissions under the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, which was ratified by Parliament and should be implemented as Government Policy.
The Government claims to be a world leader in combating Climate Change. If the opening of a new coal mine is allowed to go ahead it will undermine and invalidate this claim and not set a good example as the UK hosts the UN COP26 Conference in Glasgow in November 2021.
In summary, the main reasons for overturning the Planning Permission for the new Coal Mine in West Cumbria are as follows:
- It would reaffirm the UK’s commitment to phase out coal mining to reduce CO2 emissions and comply with Policies to combat Climate Change;
- It would protect the Geology of the West Cumbria and the East Irish Sea Basin Fault Zone from developing further faults;
- It would stop the risks of potential geological disturbances to nearby existing nuclear sites and any future proposed nuclear installations in the vicinity.
In the light of these criticisms and objections, we hope Cumbria County Council will rescind planning permission for this coal mine as well as reject any future planning application for a GDF in West Cumbria.
On behalf of:
Cumbria and Lancashire Area CND, as Coordinator;
East Lancashire CND, as Chair; ….