Behind the Headlines.
To be a really effective campaigner one has to read a lot, and that means getting away from what’s printed as the headline news.
Here is just a sample of what I have been reading of late.
A good example of this is what has been in the press over the last couple of weeks concerns new build at Hinkley.
Despite all the headlines about the UK and Chinese governments signing a deal to built a new reactor at Hinkley, it is far from a done deal. EDF have still to sign such a deal, and there are lots of obstacles which need to be completed before any such contract can come in to force.
As to the whizzo idea of building a new reactor at Bradwell, well that’s another none starter. Just look that the flood map for the area, and then think about rising sea levels.
Thus the headline should have been: –
Hinkley and Bradwell.
It’s all smoke and Mirrors.
The Atlantic Cartier.
During October the
Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung
[ Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation ]
published the following: –
ATLANTIC CARTIER on 1 May 2013 in the Port of Hamburg
At the time of the fire the ship was carrying uranium hexafluoride (UF6), and flammable ethanol as a part of the cargo.
– Uranium Hexafluoride is highly toxic.
– Uranium Hexafluoride is corrosive to most metals.
– Uranium Hexafluoride reacts violently with water.
– Uranium Hexafluoride is radioactive.
The transport of Hex is one of the most worrying concerns which we should all have.
Meanwhile there are are growing worries about the Uranium Hex which is to be found at Capenhurst, and aspect of the proposed sale of Urenco.
The Pitchford Inquiry.
The Pitchford Inquiry in to Undercover Policing started in July.
A first preliminary hearing took place on October 7th .
While the Sixth Preliminary Hearing be heard during March.
The inquiry will last for circa two and a half years.
It will cover many of the questions which activists have been asking for a long time, but just how many of the answers we receive is very much an open question for now.