HANT BULLETIN : JANUARY 2019
Welcome to the HANT Bulletin which will provide an update on events held since August 2018 (the last Bulletin) and events planned for 2019
Firstly HANT would wish to draw attention to AND ASK YOU TO PUT IN YOUR 2019 DIARY, our next main event which will be :
PUBLIC MEETING (and AGM)
WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2019 AT 7. 30 :
THE CASE AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER
IN THE UK AND JAPAN
IN THE STUDIO ROOM AT
THE SPECTRUM CENTRE,
1B MARGARET ST, INVERNESS IV1 1LS
IT’S FREE AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE
All with an interest in nuclear issues in the UK and Japan including nuclear transport are welcome
The Public Meeting will have two speakers :
- Drew Hendry, SNP MP for Inverness, Badenoch, & Strathspey, and
- Mr. Shigeo Kabayashi representing Japanese Against Nuclear UK
Drew Hendry MP is the SNP (Scottish National Party) Shadow Spokesperson on Energy and Group Leader on Transport and is a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Committee of the House of Commons – its remit includes nuclear energy
Shigeo Kabayashi is a Japanese anti-nuclear activist who demonstrates against nuclear power outside the Japanese Embassy in London every week and outside the offices of TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) – also in London
Both speakers will provide insights into their positions on nuclear power and the potential of renewable energy
Also covered will be the risks, highlighted by HANT since 2013, of the transport of nuclear waste from Dounreay to Sellafield and the US by sea, rail and air and the need to raise public awareness about these transports and the dangers they pose to local people and economy and the environment
Further information from : Tor Justad (Chair) , HANT : firstname.lastname@example.org or 07710 392 666
The meeting will also include a short HANT AGM which will include Chairperson’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Election of Office Bearers and AOCB
UPDATES SINCE LAST BULLETIN
Pop Up Demo opposing nuclear trains at Inverness Station : 1 September 2018 and Nuclear Train passes red light at Kingussie
This pop up demo was held together with the Cromarty Peace Group and was a very successful event which generated extensive press coverage
Passengers were requested to sign Post Cards containing a petition against nuclear trains and amazingly amongst the passengers were two tourists from Hiroshima
The demo was particularly relevant as a nuclear train had passed a red light at Kingussie a few weeks earlier at a time when a northbound sleeper train was on the same line
SNP MP for Inverness, Badenoch and Strathspey who will speak at HANT’s Public Meeting and AGM in February 2019 raised his concerns and was quoted in the Strathspey and Bedenoch Herald of 19 July 2018
Mr Hendry, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, described the incident as "alarming".
He said: "We must be thankful that nobody was hurt or directly affected but make no mistake this is an alarming incident and further underlines the dangers of operating nuclear facilities and moving toxic nuclear waste.
For DRS to say that there was no risk is simply not acceptable.
Stop signs are there to indicate the danger of proceeding, usually of a train coming the other way. It is unthinkable to imagine if that had been the case.
Disappointingly, this incident reaffirms the significant risks around nuclear transport and the urgent need for a review of procedures.
I am calling for an open, transparent inquiry into this incident and a stop to all shipments until it is complete.
This cannot be allowed to happen again."
DSG (Dounreay Stakeholder Group) : Meetings September and December 2018 and March 2019
The DSG is an independent body whose role is to provide public scrutiny of the Dounreay site, by providing an active, two-way channel of communication between the site operators, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and local stakeholders. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) site Vulcan is also part of the remit of the DSG
Tor Justad, who is HANTs current Chair is a Public Member of the DSG and attends meetings quarterly
He was unable to attend the December 2018 meeting but Minutes of the meeting are available to the public on the DSG website and the minutes of the meeting held on 5 September can be found at : http://www.dounreaystakeholdergroup.org/files/downloads/download3039.pdf
He raised questions about the nuclear train incident at Kingussie and about the grounding of a cargo ship on the Pentland Skerries and commented on other issue
The next meeting he will attend will be on 13 March 2019
Fresher’s Fayre : Inverness College UHI : 12 September 2018
HANT was represented for a third year at this event by Committee Members Tor Justad and Diana Mackenzie who were at a stall with HANT leaflets and Petition and with the HANT pop up banner as a backdrop
This event has two floors of stalls with a variety of voluntary groups but also including recruitment stalls for the Armed Services and emergency services
There was a lot of interest in the HANT stall and leaflets were distributed and the Petition signed by a number of students and staff and a former Civil Nuclear Constabulary policeman who had previously been stationed at Dounreay !
NFLA (Nuclear Free Local Authorities) Seminar for International Peace Day . 20 September 2018 : Clydebank Town Hall
This Seminar was organised jointly with ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and was held on International Peace Day
Speakers included :
- Councillor Feargal Dalton, NFLA Scotland Convener
- Timmon Wallis, ICAN USA campaigner – encouraging t
owns and cities to support the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons: the US experience - Sean Morris, NFLA and Mayors for Peace Chapter Secretary – developing peace trails and peace education initiatives, the case study of Manchester
- Flavia Tudoreanu, Peace Education Scotland – the Generation Y’ Peace Academy and promoting peace education in Scotland
Those attending included Councillors from Councils which are members of the NFLA and anti-nuclear campaigners including several from Hunterston
HANT distributed leaflets and informed those present about the HANT campaign
CND Nae Nukes Anywhere : March and Demo at Faslane Nuclear Base : 22
This international event was held to highlight the immoral, illegal and useless weapons of mass destruction which are in nuclear submarines based at Faslane
Also to celebrate and hope provided by the pathway to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
The nuclear-armed states were well represented by Ekaterina Mikhaylenko from Russia, Sharon Dolev from Israel, and Tim Wallis, Vicki Elson and Anthony Donovan from the US. The same message came from US “umbrella” states via Reiner Braun from Germany, Maike Beenes from The Netherlands and Shigeo Kobayashi from Japan. Scottish CND’s own Flavia Tudoreanu gave her perspective as a Rumanian. Canadian Allison Pytlak was there to represent Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the organisation that negotiated civil society at the UN to gain the TPNW
HANT displayed its banner opposing nuclear transport and joined with members of the Cromarty Peace Group who had brought a mini bus full of members
Scottish Green Party Autumn Conference : Glasgow : 21 October 2018
HANT was represented at this Conference and had a stall with HANT leaflets and the Petition
One of the signatories was Maggie Chapman who is the Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party and is also Rector of the University of Aberdeen - pictured above
Many other people signed the Petition and in future it may be possible with support from Scottish Green politicians to have a motion passed by the Scottish Green Party specifically opposing all forms of nuclear transport
Press and Journal headline : Flights of nuclear material from Dounreay sparks fury : 13 December 2018
HANT was made aware of another flight from Wick Airport on 8 December 2018 carrying weapons grade HEU Highly Enriched Uranium bound for the US with refuelling at RAF Lossiemouth
HANT was quoted in the report as follows :
Tor Justad, chairman of Highlands Against Nuclear Transport (HANT), said: “HANT has opposed these flights since they were first announced during a Cameron-Obama nuclear summit deal in 2016
The summit agreed that the UK would transport 700kg of highly enriched uranium to the US from Dounreay while a different form of nuclear material would be moved from America to European Atomic Energy Agency (Euratom) and turned into radio isotopes used to detect and diagnose cancer.
HANT is fully aware of the security implications of these flights but is also of the view that the public have a right to know the risks involved in transporting this most dangerous of cargoes by air from the UK which would not meet US standards for civil nuclear shipments.
HANT will again be raising these questions with local MPs and MSP's to get to the truth on these matters.”
Both Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP and John Finnie Scottish Green MSP also raised their concerns
HANT will be following this matter up with these two MSP's and with other politicians including Jamie Stone Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
FUTURE EVENTS : 2019
HANT Committee Meeting : 15 January 2019 by Skype
This will be the first meeting of the New Year which will include planning for the year ahead
As well as speaking at the HANT AGM we hope to be able to arrange one of more small meetings for our Japanese speaker to address in or around Inverness / if you know of any group that may be interested please get in touch
HANT would welcome new Committee Members as our current Committee is quite small - Chair Tor Justad Treasurer , Diana Mackenzie and Committee Members Sue Gorrie and Donnie Macleod / please let us know if you’re interested
In 2019 it is likely that HANT will continue to work together with the Cromarty Peace Group and other Highland anti/nuclear groups
Also HANT will continue to work with and attend events organised by NFLA Nuclear Free Local Authorities
We may well also be represented again at the Inverness College UHI Students Fayre and the Scottish Green Party Conferences
HANT Public Meting and AGM Wednesday 20 February 2019
The first, as referred to at the top of this Bulletin is :
PUBLIC MEETING (and AGM)
WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2019 AT 7. 30 /
THE CASE AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER / IN THE UK AND JAPAN /
IN THE STUDIO ROOM ATTHE SPECTRUM CENTRE,
1B MARGARET ST, INVERNESS IV1 1LS
PLEASE COME ALONG AND SUPPORT HANT AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IMPORTANT NUCLEAR ISSUES AND TAKE PART IN THE DEBATE IF YOU WISH
If you would like to make a contribution to a future bulletin or have any comments please contact : Tor Justad (Chair :HANT) on tor.justad@ btinternet.com or 07710 392 666
HANT WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL ITS SUPPORTERS AND READERS OF THIS BULLETIN A VERY HAPPY AND NUCLEAR FREE 2019