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Poster campaign Sellafield

Nuclear Monitor Issue: 

(December 4, 1994) Several environmental organizations in Britain started a new campaign against the proposed nuclear radioactive waste dump at Sellafield. Giant posters have gone up on prime bill. board sites in four Cumbrian towns warning that Nirex's dump won't be safe and that dumped radioactive waste could come back to haunt future generations.

(423.4191) WISE Amsterdam - The poster campaign was launched on 23 November, one week after the Royal Society Study Group recommended that high-level waste (HLW) should be disposed of at Sellafield. The Study Group also recommended that Nirex's proposed underground rock laboratory (known as the RCF) should now be built. This recommendation contradicts advice to Government from its Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Group (RWMAC) that the RCF should not be built until groundwater movements in rock underneath Sellafield are understood.

The posters show a gothic graveyard scene with the headline: "BURY RADIOACTIVE WASTE AND IT WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT US ALL" and demands that a wide-ranging Public Inquiry is held into Nirex's RCF.

The poster is signed by a network of Cumbrian environmental groups including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, CORE (Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment) and Gosforth and District Action Group. The network urges Cumbrians to speak out against using Cumbria as a dumping ground for nuclear waste and to write to the Secretary of State for the Environment, the Rt Hon John Gunner MP, and Cumbria County Council to demand a Public Inquiry into Nirex's RCF.

Source: Pressrelease, Friends Of The Earth, 23 November 1994
Contact: Jill Perry, Friends Of The Earth Cockemmouth. Tel: + 44-900.814391.
Or: CORE, 98 Church Str., Barrow-in-Fumes, Cumbria, LA14 2HT, UK. Tel: + 44-229- 833.851; Fax: +44-229-812239