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UK Kick Nuclear Monthly Newsletter March 2020 – Fukushima Anniversay

Note that the Fukushima Anniversary Public Meeting planned for Thursday March 19th has had to be cancelled due to the Corona Virus epidemic.

However the vigil due to take place this evening outside the Japanese Embassy in London, from 5.30 to 6.30pm, is going ahead, as is the March nad rally this Saturday, March 14th.  (See front of newsletter for details.)  As these events are in the open air the chances of contagion are less.

2020

KICK NUCLEAR

monthly newsletter

March 2020

(There was no February edition)

Editor: David Polden, Mordechai Vanunu House, 162 Holloway Rd. N7 8DQ

www.kicknuclear.com ; www.nonucleartrains.org.uk ; 020-7700 2393

REGULAR FRIDAY SOLIDARITY VIGILS

Every Friday (since August 2012): leafletting outside the Japanese Embassy, 101-104 Piccadilly (Green Park tube) from 10am-12.30pm; and then outside Tokyo Electric Power Co. offices, 14-18 Holborn (Chancery Lane tube) from 1-1.30pm.  Held in solidarity with the anti-nuclear movement in Japan.  Organised by: Kick Nuclear and Japanese Against Nuclear UK (JAN UK)

FUKUSHIMA 9th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Saturday March 14th: March from Japanese Embassy (address above) to opposite entrance to Downing Street in Whitehall for rally there.  Assemble outside Japanese Embassy at noon for 12.30pm start.   Rally begins at 2pm.

(The meeting planned for March 19th has been cancelled.)

NUCLEAR TRAIN ACTION GROUP STALLS

Saturday March 21st, 11am-2pm: stall and leafletting near the exit from Brixton tube station.  (Nuclear trains pass over a bridge near the exit.  Help welcome.

Saturday May 2nd, 2.30-4pm: stall and leafletting outside Bromley South station (Nuclear trains pass through).  Organised by Bromley CND with support of NTAG.

NEXT JOINT KN/NTAG PLANNING MEETINGS

Thursday April 23rd, 6.30pm, at CND Office.  (Address above.)

50 YEARS “ENRICHING THE FUTURE”

Cheshire-Live reported on a March 4th demonstration at Capenhurst uranium enrichment plant in Cheshire.  An edited version of the report follows:

“Urenco’s nuclear plant at Capenhurst [jointly owned by the UK and Dutch governments and German energy companies] this week celebrated 50 years since the company was founded.

“But outside Capenhurst protesters lamented the damage to human health and the environment caused by disasters like Chernobyl, Ukraine and Fukushima.

“Close Capenhurst [group organising the demonstration] campaigners argued that [the nuclear energy industry] was unsafe, from uranium mining to nuclear power production and transportation and storage of highly radioactive waste.

“Concerns have been raised about the Urenco plant itself which enriches uranium for use as fuel in nuclear reactors, with depleted uranium – a low level radioactive and toxic by-product of the process – stored on site.

“Marianne Birkby, an anti-nuclear campaigner [with the “Nuclear-Free Lakeland” campaign], speaking at the [eight-strong] demonstration outside the plant, said: ‘The start of the nuclear fuel cycle is here and where it ends up is Sellafield in Cumbria, and every day, virtually, there’s nuclear waste transported on the roads, rail, sea and nobody wants the waste.

“It’s all very well for Urenco to say ‘enriching the future’ [the plant’s Orwellian slogan] … but nobody wants nuclear waste at the end of the day. And nuclear waste is the product of nuclear power.”

“Japanese campaigner Kaori Mikata-Pralat [from Kick Nuclear] read out a statement on behalf of a group pursuing legal action against the Tokyo Electric Power Company over the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

“Explaining that Fukushima had alerted her to the dangers, she told Cheshire Live: ‘I wasn’t quite aware of the scale of the problem of the nuclear industry.’

She has met victims of nuclear accidents, adding: ‘what they want is this tragedy should not be repeated anywhere in the world. Fukushima people suffered a lot.’

“Kaori said the ocean had also been poisoned.  Even nuclear power stations functioning normally affect the eco-system as sea and river water were used to cool the reactors with the hot water put back, harming fish and plant life.

“Pointing at the sun, fellow protester Philip Gilligan said: ‘That nuclear power station up there is supplying the energy.  It’s the only nuclear power station we want.  So the energy coming to earth could easily be used with zero carbon output and zero nuclear.  The problem is we need a bomb.  And it’s hidden in statements like ‘energy as cheap as water’ which was current when Sellafield went critical in the ‘70s’.

“He said in fact nuclear power was ‘hugely expensive’.”

Two officials from the plant came out to talk to the protestors.

Kaori from Japanese Against Nuclear UK has posted a video-diary of the event on twitter.   See https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2020/03/05/50-years-of-enriching-the-future

FUKUSHIMA UPDATE 2020

Since August 2011, Kick Nuclear and Japanese Against Nuclear UK have organised a weekly Friday vigil outside the Japanese Embassy to remind visitors to the Embassy and passers-by of the continuing 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima and calling for the UK to give up nuclear power.  Rik, a regular on the vigil, has been producing regular updates, published in English with a Japanese translation, on the unfolding of the disaster.

The recently-published 2020 Update starts by warning athletes and spectators, intending to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, of some of the dangers they will face.  Here is an extract from the Update on this issue:

“Nine years ago, three nuclear reactors melted down in Fukushima.  For nine years Japan has put enormous effort into dealing with – and downplaying – the disaster.  Why the downplaying and denial?  After nine years the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is still dangerous, while further dangers still lurk in the food, water, soil and air.  Could it be to protect the Japanese nuclear industry and its embedded bureaucrats?

This past year more evidence has emerged of the highly-radioactive microparticles to which Japan’s Olympic guests risk being exposed this summer.  These are microparticles of nuclear reactor fuel, 2-3 micrometres in size and rich in caesium.  It is believed that they were formed when reactor 3 exploded, its fuel vapourising at 3,000ºC then rapidly cooling and condensing.

These microparticles have been found as far as 320km away from the nuclear power plant and 200km away in Tokyo, while 80km away, topsoil in some areas has been found to contain as many as 100 particles per gram.  They are glassy, near-insoluble and so tiny that they float like dust and, if breathed-in, they penetrate lung tissue and lodge there, permanently, bombarding the surrounding cells with radiation.  This can cause cancer.  Astonishingly it seems that they have never been part of the public health reaction.

All Olympic visitors are at risk of receiving higher doses of radiation than need be.  They can’t avoid breathing, and hot summer air can be dusty.  While the South Korean athletes will bring their own food, water and radiation-detectors, other visitors may not be aware of the risks and many will be unable to read labelling, ask about where their rice, tea, plums, etc. are from, or read radiation survey results.  It appear that the Japanese government is going out of its way to hide and deny rather than help visitors and residents with this information.

(A copy or copies of the 2020 Update can be obtained from the editor at request – contact details under masthead.)

ENVIRONMENTAL PETITION AGAINST SIZEWELL C

Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) are collecting signatures for a petition.  They write: “EDF, wanting to begin preparation works for Sizewell C [have] submitted a planning application to East Suffolk Council for permission to demolish the 100-year old Coronation Wood and turn a large area of priority habitat acidic grassland (Pillbox Field) into a car park.

“East Suffolk Council granted permission in November 2019 for, in effect, Coronation Wood and other areas of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be trashed.

“TASC consider this to be unlawful as Sizewell C has not been given the go-ahead and may never be built.”

Enter TASC Together to get into website.

March 12, 2020 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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