TASC News Article for EADT 20-05-2016

Mark Whitby FReng presented an in depth account and analysis of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster at a very well attended meeting at Yoxford Village Hall on Friday 20th May.

The subject matter was chilling: by giving the audience an hour-by-hour, day-by-day account, from the moment the tsunami struck in the Pacific Ocean to the present day, Mark captured the cliff hanger that was the management of the dangerous and destructive forces that were at work. He then emphasised the ongoing magnitude of managing the ensuing situation which still exists up to the present day.

It was clearly illustrated that we owe a debt of gratitude to the Tepco employees who put their own lives in severe danger whilst trying to control the three disabled reactors. The fourth reactor was not working at the time. However, the spent fuel pond became dangerously close to losing the cooling water which kept the spent fuel from overheating. The loss of all cooling water could have caused the fuel to catch fire, resulting in an even more disastrous situation to arise .

On Wednesday 7th May 2014 Suffolk Coastal Friends of the Earth and TASC (Together Against Sizewell C) held a public meeting to which Tim Deere-Jones was invited as a guest speaker. Tim is an Independent marine pollution consultant with 30 years experience of innovative desk and field research into aspects of the behaviour and fate of marine radioactivity. He is an Honours graduate of Cardiff University’s Dept of Maritime Studies where his core studies covered Marine Pollution, Marine Environmental Sciences, Ocean/Atmosphere Systems and Marine Anthropology.

The meeting was extremely interesting and informative, and Tim has kindly sent us a copy of the slides he used. The presentation was recorded, however due to technical difficulties we were only able to transcribe part of Tims talk. The portion that we have together with the accompanying slides are set out in the pdf here
 

Thank you to all who came to the Jonathon Porritt meeting on the 19th. The meeting was attended by about 140 people, and the donations collected covered the cost of the room. Below is an article from the eastern daily press of march 18th outlining some of the topics Jonathon spoke about.

Claims that ‘insane’ economics of nuclear industry will kill off Sizewell C plans

The “completely insane” economics of the nuclear industry are likely to kill off plans for a third nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain’s leading environmental campaigners forecast yesterday.

The proposal to build Sizewell C was probably destined to “die under the weight of its own massive, white elephant’s weight,” said green heavyweight Jonathon Porritt.

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TASC Inaugural Meeting 20-7-2013

Leiston Community Centre

At another packed public meeting TASC (Together Against Sizewell C) hosted guests from the United States: Paul and Linda Gunter from the organisation ‘Beyond Nuclear’ whose aim is to work for a world free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Paul Gunter specializes in reactor hazards and security of operating reactors; prevention of new reactor construction; regulatory oversight; climate change; the nuclear power-nuclear weapons connection.

Linda Pentz Gunter specializes in international nuclear issues. She also serves as director of media and development. Linda's work focuses on the nuclear power-nuclear weapons connection; wildlife impacts; nuclear France; and uranium mining and human rights.