I am very grateful to @Mr__Gus on Twitter who sent me this YouTube link.
This fascinating and very disturbing documentary, shown in Germany and France but very worryingly not in the UK has made me reappraise my attitude to nuclear power.
It’s a fairly comprehensive history of marine nuclear waste dumping, banned in 1995 after a prolonged campaign by Greenpeace.
Just in case you don’t watch the whole thing, nuclear waste was put into steel barrels, yes, steel barrels.
These barrels were loaded onto ships.
The ships ‘went out to sea’ and the crew then pushed the barrels into the sea.
The captain knew that the levels of radioactivity were so high he only had limited time to dump the highly toxic waste, so if the weather was bad or the ships progress was slow, they would dump the barrels as soon as they could.
Not one or two barrels, not a couple of hundred, but thousands and thousands.
When this insane practice was finally banned, the nuclear reprocessing plants in the UK at Sellafield and in France at Le Hague built nuclear waste pipes running out to sea to ‘dilute low level waste in the sea.’
So, I will say it again. Id be quite happy to have a nuclear power plant in my back yard, they have a very good safety record.
I would not want a nuclear waste reprocessing plant or a nuclear waste storage facility in my back yard, or my country, or even on my planet.
I expect to hear arguments saying this documentary is biased, or out of date or the science depicted is flawed.
But we all know that the people who run Sellafield thought it was a perfectly sensible solution to put radioactive material in steel barrels and dump it in the sea.
We should never forget or forgive such greed based, short sighted and pig ignorant decision making.