Nuclear Waste Dumped Illegally In Cornwall (UK)? – PRESS RELEASE



From Cornwall – Kernow Community Action Pollution (K-CAP)

Date : 15/03/2013


Over the last 20 years Cornish environmental campaign group K-CAP have been investigating the possibility that contaminated waste has been dumped in Mid-West Cornwall.

The group now believe the evidence in favour of such a claim is sufficient that it be made public.

This evidence includes a misleading construction project carried out by the former Kerrier District Council in conjunction with the Department of the Environment to make safe the Tresavean mining sett. The cost of this project was ­disclosed at completion in 1992 as being £200,000.

“Kerrier District Council in Cornwall, UK, will shortly be seeing the conclusion of the £200,000 Tresavean Land Reclamation Scheme to make safe for amenity use 13ha of disused copper mineworkings at Lanner, Redruth.”  – The Mining Journal, 1992

The report in the Mining Journal at the time referred specifically to the District Council’s comment that:

“Indeed, after the work has been completed, all that will remain visible above ground will be the large masonry bat castle[s] containing the bat access grilles.”  – The Mining Journal, 1992

It was the actual construction of the bat castles compared against the design provided by Mr Sandicock of Kerrier District Council that caused so much concern amongst the collective professionals that comprise K-CAP’s membership.

Anybody visiting Tresavean now will find that the bat castles as described in the Mining Journal article of 1992, are gone. In their place are clay-brick vents let into cairns.

The final decision to make this press release has been caused by pepper-pot type vents over the site which show visible signs of leaching. We allege that Tresavean sett is unstable due to unaccountable ground warmth consistent with buried nuclear waste.

K-CAP have monitored as long as they dare, above and below ground, to confirm that these polluters have backfilled their 3m³ boxes containing radioactive cemented solid wastes and sludge, such that they are irretrievable.

K-CAP further believe that there are four 500lb drums of boiler sludge buried which collectively with the boxes contain waste generated by the decommissioning of Berkeley Nuclear Power Station in Gloucestershire.

Prior to writing up this press release a member of K-CAP has visited an adjoining mining sett and by approaching from underground has confirmed that the plastic used to line a breathing vent reaching above ground, continues to sweat. This suggests that nuclear droplets are dispersing into the atmosphere.  It is K-CAP’s belief that this breathing vent is airing the buried drums.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) prediction that the sludge deterioration would be between 250-272 years reaching a maximum temperature of 57°C does not seem to be correct, if one takes into account the warm ground, the leaching, and the sweating.

A letter has been sent to Mr Kevin Lavery, CEO of Cornwall Council who by the creation of the unitary authority will have taken over responsibility for the administration of the Tresavean mining sett from the former Kerrier District Council.

The letter explains to the Chief Executive that K-CAP finds itself in a difficult position of exposing dumping of nuclear waste from the boilers of Berkeley Nuclear Power Station into this Cornish site. Indeed, it goes so far as to suggest that the existence of this alleged breach of Section 33 of Part II of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990 is the actual motive for his seeking employment in the distant southern hemisphere.

EDF have right of way over Stythians end access to Tresavean.


About K-CAP

Cornwall - Kernow Community Action Pollution was set up in 1989 after a network of Cornish environmentalists became concerned about the indiscriminate dumping of toxic wastes which were being transported from as far away as the Wirral and being disposed of in former mine workings in mid-west Cornwall. K-CAP's core membership includes the founder members who come from a diverse range of backgrounds including many from the the geological and mining sciences. Due to recent activity the group has also seen healthy organic growth over the last 12 months. Email:
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