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« on: May 03, 2011, 02:05:41 am »

So whilst you're away, considering the massive importance of coincidence theory and just what your Girlfriend is up to with that friends-reunited old best mate of yours, and why it's best not to have any friends at all, just in case ...


[xource] Cumbria's No1 Nuclear Power Opposition group.

..An on-site emergency exercise at Sellafield, scheduled for 4th November last year, was initially postponed when a real emergency unfolded in the form of a loss of coolant water to a number of Sellafield’s operating facilities when water supplies from the local lake at Wast_Water were disrupted. It is not yet clear what caused the disruption or its duration.

The planned Level 1 demonstration exercise “Magpie”, understood to have been based on a scenario whereby a truck carrying a load of plutonium contaminated material (PCM) had crashed over one of the site’s bridges, coincidentally damaging a water main and posing a fire risk to the PCM, was postponed by the organisers in order to deal with the real water-loss event, and re-scheduled for 9th December. Come the day, the decision was taken to cancel the re-scheduled exercise altogether – because of inclement weather conditions (a prolonged freeze) and Sellafield’s Emergency Management Team being too busy with other work (preparing for another exercise some 4 months ahead).

Explanations for the abandonment of the ‘Magpie’ emergency exercise were provided to a local stakeholder group meeting yesterday (7th April 2011) and drew disbelief from some members. Surely, the Emergency Management Team was not saying that Sellafield accidents could be expected to occur only on warm and sunny days and when emergency teams just happened to have time on their hands ?

CORE’s spokesman Martin Forwood told the stakeholder meeting that the cancellation of any exercise was of significant concern, and later added that as there was little enough confidence in Sellafield’s ability to deal with a real accident on or offsite and to cope with public evacuations if necessary, the failure to take advantage of a practice exercise – under any conditions – was a missed opportunity that could prove costly and even fatal in the future. It was unacceptable that Sellafield’s emergency teams appeared unable to multi-task when the situation demaned.

As vividly played out in Japan recently, the loss of water supplies to nuclear facilities can have catastrophic results. For Sellafield, there would be dangerous implications for its reprocessing plants and spent fuel storage ponds, and particularly for its highly radioactive liquid High Level Waste (HLW) storage tanks that require 24/7 cooling and use water extracted from Was****er as an emergency cooling supply. The lake is located some 11 Km from Sellafiel, its water extracted via what is understood to be, for the most part, the original 50 year old piping.

The loss of coolant to the HLW tanks, leading to their overheating, catching fire and releasing a radioactive plume off-site, is designated as Sellafield’s ‘Reference Accident’ (the worst credible accident for the site) and forms the basis for West Cumbria’s Nuclear Emergency Plan.

Details of the abandoned exercise, given to the 7th April West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group (WCSSG) in a presentation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR – previously NII**) can be found at Para 2.2.6 (page 7) at the following URL:


** NII = Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 02:32:05 pm »

 Now then Coppers are you watching?

Five Bangladeshi men held near N-plant released

'Five Bangladeshi men arrested after taking photos near the Sellafield nuclear plant have been released without charge.

The men, all in their 20s and from London, were held on Monday afternoon after a police stop check on their vehicle outside the high security nuclear facility in west Cumbria.

It is thought they were taking photos or filming in the area, sparking suspicions from the police.

They were held in custody for two nights and questioned by counter terrorism detectives.

Police officers also raided four addresses in east London as part of the investigation.

But a spokesman for the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, part of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), has said all five are free to go.

The spokesman said: "Five men arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act have today, Wednesday May 4 2011, been released without charge.

"At about 4.30pm on Monday May 2 2011, police officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) conducted a stop check on a vehicle close to the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.

"As a result, police officers from Cumbria Constabulary made five arrests. The investigation was led by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, supported by the CNC and Cumbria Constabulary.

"Officers have conducted a thorough investigation and a decision has been made to release the five men without charge."'

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