CROYDON COMMENTARY: The news, as revealed by Inside Croydon, that the Beddington Lane incinerator has a contract with Croydon Council to handle radioactive waste should be of grave concern to residents across south London, says JIM DUFFY
There are two sources of radioactive waste that are incinerated: from decommissioned or active nuclear power stations and other nuclear plants, for example experimental reactors; and medical radioactive waste from imaging equipment in hospitals.
The stated aim of the nuclear industry is to “reduce the volume” of radioactive waste.
But radioactive particles cannot be destroyed or made less radioactive just by burning them.
The radioactive waste should be “concentrated and contained” so it can’t get into the environment. Instead, it is “diluted and dispersed” by incineration.
Studies show high levels of cancer near nuclear plants where radwaste incinerators operate and reactors vent radioactive gases into the air. Radioactive liquids are also discharged into the sea, where particles get resuspended into the air, breathed in by local communities.
Cancer levels here will soar if Viridor burns radioactive waste in Beddington.
- Jim Duffy is a healthcare worker and former organiser of the campaign against nuclear development at Stop Hinkley
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