Britian’s Underwater Nuclear Nightmare

Britain's Underwater Nuclear Nightmare

Greens Against Nuclear Power activist David Joseph Henry casts light on one of the United Kingdom’s most ghastly nuclear secrets.

By David Joseph Henry

It may sound outrageous at first, but the frightening reality is until 1982 (when it was banned) the vast majority of the United Kingdom’s nuclear and radiological waste (from power stations, industry and medical facilities) was dumped at sea. High-level nuclear waste from the French and Germany nuclear power industry was permitted to be dumped across a wide range of British waters (both deep and shallow) by the UK’s very own government.

COUNTLESS TONS OF NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPED IN BRITISH WATERS

Cargo freighters stacked high with countless barrels of vaguely marked, highly radioactive waste were regularly dumped in the Irish Sea, North Sea and English Channel. These barrels were shipped out to unmarked locations not so far from shore on an industrial scale and simply cast overboard.  The locations for the final resting place of this nightmarish cargo, now rusting on the sea-floor for the most part, remains undisclosed – and probably never will be.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME AT IT’S MOST HEINOUS COVERED UP

Since it began (some say as early as the late 1950’s) the dumping of nuclear waste at sea in the waters of the United Kingdom has been shrouded in secrecy and denial. No doubt in order to shield the merging and fragile nuclear industry and sensitive military establishments from public outrage and scrutiny, covering up an irreparable crime against nature and humanity that, regardless of legislation implemented to prohibit such dumping will have consequences for generations to come.

NUCLEAR WASTE STILL BEING DEPOSITED IN OUR OCEANS TODAY

The world waited until 1992 until an international treaty banning the maritime dumping of nuclear waste came into force, and it’s estimated a large number of illegal dumping operations continue in the world’s oceans today, with recent stories in the media involving Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and the Mafia in the Mediterranean.

Regardless of any laws, local or global to prevent such reckless assault on our seas, the damage is already done, these radioactive pollutant materials, once released are toxic to all living things (almost) forever.

The film they don’t want you to see..

Intent on exposing this legacy of callous criminal behaviour on a state and industrial scale and the subsequent state-sponsored cover-ups and masking of the truth, Professor Chris Busby has produced a one-hour documentary in association with German state television. For reasons I’ll leave you to ponder on your own, attempts to distribute this film on social media and broadcast it on British television have been systematically sabotaged.

If it’s not been removed (yet again) then I highly recommend anyone interesting in this very sorry affair to watch Radioactive Waste: Dumped and Forgotten

 

Further Reading

Britain’s Colonial Nuke Stockpiles

It’s well known the United Kingdom used many of it’s former overseas colonies as bases for it’s military forces. In some nations, Britain still maintains a presence in at least 15 other nations.

In Kenya, a British Colony until it received Independence in 1963 there are still over 10,000 British Military Personal stationed.  But this question posed in the House of Commons back in November 1960 highlights the possibility of Nuclear Warheads being kept in the African nation.

Labour MP John Stonehouse at the time asked the Minister for Defence “whether nuclear weapons and warheads are now stocked at the military bases in Kenya.” Although the reply was rebutted and the answer not given – it begs the fact why the question was raised so specifically in the first place, raising the possibility that Mr Stonehouse had information that could have promoted the possibility of British Nuclear Weapons being stockpiled in it’s colonies.

Furthermore, who knows how many other nations were used as a dumping ground for never-used but deadly Nuclear Weapons? and where they are today.

south_african_nuclear_bomb_casings

Bomb casings at South Africa’s abandoned Circle nuclear bomb production facility near Pretoria. These most likely would have accommodated a gun-type nuclear package for air delivery. The URANIUM inside the warheads was enriched at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom during the 1970’s.

 

Author: David Joseph Henry

Mass Spontaneous Whale Deaths

Four key factors make these incidents all the more worrying:

– They are happening worldwide
– They are almost spontaneous
– They are all happening on mass
– Nobody knows what the causes are

Human activity is undoubtedly implicated in the cause, many of us think Fukushima’s continuing leakage of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of highly-radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean (since 2011) will soon impact on the eco-system, this is one such possibility many more people are waking up to, yet experts and authorities tend to either be in denial,  covering up any knowledge they poses deliberately or even hampering any likelihood of reach and testing to pinpoint a cause.

List of known mass whale deaths globally:

(we’ll keep this updated with any more incidents)


25/01/2016
Several Sperm Whales found dead washed up on Skegness, United Kingdom

The whales, which are thought to have died at sea, are believed to be from the same pod as the animal that died on Hunstanton beach on Friday, HM Coastguard said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/e6Vxk


 

13/02/2016
12 beached sperm whales die in week of carnage on northern European coast

Whales died on or off the coast of the Dutch island of Texel and the German islands of Wangerooge and Helgoland this week.

https://www.rt.com/news/329237-beached-whales-germany-clean/


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13/01/2016
38 dead baleen whales wash ashore in Tamil Nadu, India

Carcasses of 38 baleen whales were washed ashore near the Tiruchendur beach “This is an unusual thing…an unusual mortality incident, we have to find out the reason,” said Marine Scientist Velumani of the Fisheries Department.

http://indianexpress.com/ar/L5RO5


02/12/2015
More than 330 dead whales point to environmental mystery in Southern Chile

Months ago, more than 20 Sei whales were reported stranded in Patagonia. Now, research in southern Chile has uncovered the full extent of the horror: It is possibly the worst disaster ever of its kind.

http://www.dw.com/en/more-t/60dsl


20/08/2015
Alarm raised over large die-off along the British Columbia, Alaska

The large number of dead whales appearing along the coast of British Columbia and Alaska since May is raising alarms among scientists. Thirty dead whales have been detected in the Gulf of Alaska since May, representing a die-off more than three times the normal rate, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

http://www.cbc.ca/news/cana/4PnI1


Nuclear Technology in Space

NASA, US Navy and Air Force have conducted over 27 space missions utilising radioistope power systems and radioisotope heater units in partnership with the Department of Energy.

Mission Year Agency Regions
Transit 4a 1961 Navy Earth- Navy Navigation Satelitte
Transit 4B 1961 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Transit 5-BN-1 1963 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Transit 5-BN-2 1963 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Nimbus III 1969 NASA Earth – Weather Satelitte
Apollo 11 1969 NASA Moon Surface
Apollo 12 1969 NASA Moon Surface
Apollo 14 1971 NASA Moon Surface
Apollo 15 1971 NASA Moon Surface
Pioneer 10 1971 NASA Jupiter
Apollo 16 1972 NASA Moon Surface
Triad-01-1X 1972 Navy Earth – Navigation Satelitte
Apollo 17 1972 NASA Moon Surface
Pioneer 11 1973 NASA Jupiter, Saturn
Viking 1 1975 NASA Mars Surface
Viking 2 1975 NASA Mars Surface
Lincoln Experimental Satelitte 8 1976 Air Force Earth – Communications Satellite
Lincoln Experimental Satelitte 9 1976 Air Force Earth – Communications Satellite
Voyager 2 1977 NASA Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Interstellar Space
Voyager 1 1977 NASA Jupiter, Saturn, Interstellar Space
Galileo 1989 NASA Venus, Asteroid Belt, Jupiter
Ulysses 1990 NASA Jupiter, Sun, Comets
Pathfinder-Sojourner 1996 NASA Mars Surface
Cassini-Huygens 1997 NASA Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan
Pluto New Horizons 2006 NASA Jupiter, Pluto, Kuiper Belt
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity 2011 NASA Mars Surface

 

Quotes

“There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Nuclear plant promotion is irresponsible at a time when no assurance exists about the disposal of radioactive wastes.  Japan should achieve zero nuclear plants and aim for a more sustainable society.”

 Junichiro Koizumi  
Former Japanese Prime Minister
28th May 2011

“The unfortunate truth is we are likely to see much more disasters. The world has witnessed an unnerving history of nuclear accidents.”

Ban Ki-moon
U.N Secretary-General
In Kiev 20th April 2011, marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster

 

“The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Indeed, the Chernobyl catastrophe was an historic turning point: there was the era before the disaster, and there is the very different era that has followed.

The price of the Chernobyl catastrophe was overwhelming, not only in human terms, but also economically. Even today, the legacy of Chernobyl affects the economies of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.”

Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Soviet Union President 2006

This stands to be the mistake of a generation. After the tremendous lead Britain has given the world by advancing legally binding emissions targets in its Climate Bill, it would be a ghastly mistake for the government to commit us to a nuclear energy policy with astronomical costs and dangers of nuclear contamination for generations to come.

Ken Livingstone
Former Mayor of London
Speaking on the UK’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in 2008. 

“If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commercial insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I’m not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family.”

Donna Reed
Hollywood Actress

“For 50 years, nuclear power stations have produced three products which only a lunatic could want: bomb-explosive plutonium, lethal radioactive waste and electricity so dear it has to be heavily subsidised. They leave to future generations the task, and most of the cost, of making safe sites that have been polluted half-way to eternity.”
James Buchan
British Novelist

“There are many different kinds of radioactive waste and each has its own half-life so, just to be on the safe side and to simplify matters, I base my calculations on the worst one and that’s plutonium. Perhaps most ridiculous of all is the suggestion that we ‘keep’ our radioactive garbage for the use of our descendants. This ‘solution’, I think, requires an immediate poll of the next 20,000 generations.”

David R. Brower
Founder, Friends of the Earth

Nuclear Waste falling from the Skies

When we talking about Nuclear Waste, the sort of places you’d imagine it turning up are either at sea or on a landfill site, but many are oblivious to the toxic radioactive hazards circling above our heads daily, in the form of ageing radioisotope-thermonuclear generators – a legacy of military and commercial space ventures dating as far back as the early 1960’s.

Did Nuclear Weapons tests damage our Ozone Layer?

An interesting letter appeared in the Sheffield Star back in March 2015 arguing the possibly of the Ozone Layer being damaged by decades of Atmospheric Nuclear Bomb tests -until they were banned by an international treaty. They sort of claim you’d think we’d have heard debated for years already. The science sure adds up – something New Zealand based scientists Bill Hartley has researched in depth. 

Hartley believes “Starfish Prime”, a upper atmospheric nuclear test by the U/.S that is witnessed in 1962, is partly to blame for the ozone hole.

“The light show was something unearthly and huge. For fun some weeks before, I had read Revelations, so I was shocked to see the moon glowing red in the now pink rays of light expanding from the central ball of golden light.”

He connected the event with the hole in the ozone layer in the 1980s when he read Earth’s Aura – a layman’s guide to the atmosphere in which author Louise B Young discussed the destructive effects atmospheric nuclear testing could have on ozone. “This rang a very loud bell for me in that gradual depletion of ozone by chemical reactions would lead to a generalised thinning of the layer as the pollutants spread throughout the atmosphere, whereas massive nuclear blasts in the upper atmosphere would produce instant holes,” Mr Hartley said.

With the rise of the global warming phenomena everyone was overlooking the probability that the ozone hole was largely involved. Yet they were pointing the finger at fossil fuel burning emissions. After some research Hartley discovered the US tested 331 bombs in the atmosphere, six above the US and the rest above the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean with some in the South Atlantic.

Russia also tested bombs in the atmosphere above their own country. Mr Hartley believed that had produced a hole over the Arctic, which would explain the rapid ice melting in places such as Greenland.

The air had been loaded with industrially used CFCs in the fifties and sixties when the atomic testing took place.

“Thus when the nuclear bombs were detonated the huge amount of light released activated the massive release of chlorine which gobbled up a gigantic hole in the ozone.”

Of course us Greens *know* this has the potential to downplay the ever deepening causes for climate change =- and we accept there may be many factors but we cannot deny humanity’s disrespect for planet earth, by whatever means done are the factors we still have the chance to change – or at least lessen in future.

Hartley didn’t think anything could be done about the hole in the ozone layer but he thought climate scientists should add the piece of information to the puzzle.

Considering catastrophic global climate change is looking inevitable – it’s no comfort to think there’s a chance we’d already screwed up our planetary defense shield way before we even know it’s significance in protection us all from Cosmos rays.

Ironic in a way, the very thing we may have used (the awesome but unforgiving power of radioactivity) – have have lost us the only thing out there safeguarding us all from that same fate, which one way or another could lead to our ultimate extinction.

Don’t forget to duck and cover, and wear sunscreen!

David Joseph Henry

Future Nuclear Disasters: 10 Potential Catastrophic Causes

“Last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said U.S. plants affected by a blackout should be able to cope without electricity for at least eight hours and should have procedures to keep the reactor and spent-fuel pool cool for 72 hours. Nuclear plants depend on standby batteries and backup diesel generators. Most standby power systems would continue to function after a severe solar storm, but supplying the standby power systems with adequate fuel, when the main power grids are offline for years, could become a very critical problem. If the spent fuel rod pools at the country’s 104 nuclear power plants lose their connection to the power grid, the current regulations aren’t sufficient to guarantee those pools won’t boil over — exposing the hot, zirconium-clad rods and sparking fires that would release deadly radiation.”

(http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/194166/20110…)

 

Solar Flare

Earthquake 

Volcanic Eruption

Asteroid or Comet

War

Terrorism

Human Error

Computer Error

Helium Shortage 

Liquid Helium is essential for the efficient operation of many Nuclear Power facilities, most notably cooling and cooling systems that prevent a meltdown. Yet Helium in the form required exists in only finite quantities on Earth.

When the Helium is gone – it’s gone, and we may be gone too. (The Guardian: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-the-world-is-running-out-of-helium-2059357.html )

Climate Change

Scientists now concede that catastrophic changes in our climate die top human activity may be inevitable. We know sea-levels are rising in many parts of the world. We know our weather systems are becoming increasingly erratic and unpredictable. The exact impact of seal level rise on Nuclear Power plants is mostly uncertain but worrying none the less. In the 12970’s and 1980’s when a large number of new Nuclear Plants were build the United States, the sea level rise in future decades was predicted to be much lower. Due to the constant requirement for water to cool atomic reactors, a total of 9 U.S. nuclear plants were built within two miles of the ocean. Similar thinking has been applied to other nuclear power stations in other countries including France, China and the United Kingdom.

“As many as 12 of Britain’s 19 civil nuclear sites are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion because of climate change. Nine of the sites have been assessed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as being vulnerable now, while others are in danger from rising sea levels and storms in the future. The sites include proposed new nuclear power stations around the coast, as well as numerous radioactive waste stores, operating reactors and defunct nuclear facilities.” (Climate State: http://climatestate.com/2015/05/19/the-impacts-of-sea-level-rise-on-nuclear-power-stations/)