HANT BULLETIN: JANUARY 2018
Welcome to HANT 2018!
HANT is in good shape with over 300 member supporters, an active Committee and some funds from the LUSH Charitable Pot and our own Crowdfunder to continue the campaign in 2018.
HANT welcomes the support it receives from Scotland, other parts of the UK and internationally.
HANT has links with campaigning groups in the UK and internationally and welcomes support from any political party or lobby group.
So far several hundred people have signed the HANT Petition which will shortly be submitted to the Scottish and UK Parliaments.
Please come to this important Public Meeting in Inverness on Thursday 1 February at 7.30 pm at the Spectrum Centre, Inverness, if you’re within travelling distance of Inverness.
It’s also our AGM which we aim to keep short and informal but if you plan to come we would also welcome new Committee Members – but no pressure will be applied!
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HANT maintains that there are links between civil nuclear and the use of nuclear materials in nuclear weapons, and has invited:
Dr. Judith McDonald to a Public Meeting on Thursday 1 February at 7.30 pm in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness
She will be speaking on “The Human Cost of Nuclear Weapons” based on her work with MEDACT (Health Professionals Opposed to Nuclear Weapons) and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).
ICAN was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize n recognition of its role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This historic agreement, adopted on 7 July with the backing of 122 nations, offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.
Everyone is welcome to this Public Meeting which will include an update on HANT’s campaign by the current Chairperson Tor Justad and a short AGM - refreshments will be provided – donations to HANT can be made.
Further information from: Tor Justad on 07710 392 666 or email@example.com
More information about HANT on HANT facebook and Website hant.co.uk
Background information : Highlands Against Nuclear Transport (HANT) is active in its campaign to halt the transport of nuclear materials by rail, sea and air from Dounreay to Sellafield – a distance of over 400 miles which HANT believes poses unacceptable risks to local populations along the route, the environment and fishing industries reliant on clean seas.
In addition to its main campaign activities HANT has also highlighted the dangers of the recent transport of cargoes of Highly Enriched Uranium stored at Dounreay, from Wick Airport to RAF Lossiemouth for refuelling and then on to the US.
A recent incident has demonstrated the potential dangers of sea transport with a Norwegian-registered cargo ship MV Fame drifting without power to within a few hundred metres of the island of Taransay in the Western Isles on 14 December 2017 when it took 15 hours for the only ETV (Emergency Towing Vessel) in Scotland to arrive from Orkney.
KIMO (Local Authorities International Environmental Organisation) and the Scottish Green Party MSP John Finnie pointed out the need for more than one ETV based in Scottish waters given the sea transport of radioactive materials along the west coast.
At HANT’s request this matter was also raised with Jo Johnson MP (Minister of State for Transport) by Ian Blackford SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber in January 2018 who stated in his letter to the Minister “The practice of transporting nuclear waste from Scrabster to Barrow must be halted at once and the consequences of not having an ETV available to over such a high risk operation is a dereliction of duty which could have the most tragic of consequences”.
The most recent incident on which HANT acted though letters to the press and contact with the MSP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber was the near disaster of a Norwegian cargo ship MV Fame being within a few hundred metres of running aground on the island of Taransay in storm force winds on 14 December 2018 – more details in the Press Release.
The consequences if this had been a ship carrying nuclear materials would be catastrophic – hence a need to ban the transports and in the interim restore a dedicated ETV (Emergency Towing vessel) on the west coast
HANT has continued to use social media, including facebook, to highlight issues related to nuclear matters including the MV Fame incident and the ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) which resulted in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This historic agreement, adopted on 7 July 2017 in New York with the backing of 122 nations, offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.
HANT Committee discuss Social media and IT
The HANT met on 23 December 2017 with our volunteer IT expert Charlie (home on holiday from his London base) to discuss all aspects of HANT’s use of Social media and IT
Many useful ideas were discussed particularly ways in which we can boost our flow of information to members / supporters and the wider public.
Plans for 2018
These will be discussed in more detail at the first meeting of the new HANT Committee after the AGM on 1 February 2018.
But at our Committee meeting in December 2018 we talked about continuing with awareness raising street stalls, public meetings, film screenings, demonstrations and attendance at relevant conferences and events such as student Fayres.
There is also general agreement that having a Committee member who is also a c-opted Member of the Dounreay Stakeholder group is useful as a way of receiving information about current activity at Dounreay and future plans.
HANT representatives attended the following events:
Events in 2018 : to date – some to be confirmed
- SCND (Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) Conference on dangers of movement of nuclear weapons and nuclear waste : 17 March 2018 : Helensburgh : HANT invited as speaker
- Dounreay Stakeholder Group : March, June, September and December 2018 (HANT Chairperson is co-opted Public Member)
- Street Stall: Inverness : July 2018
- Inverness College Students Fayre : Autumn 2018
- To be confirmed : demonstrations, public meetings and film screenings
Member / supporter Ideas
If you have any suggestions for the Bulletin or any of HANT’s activities please get in touch
HANT’s e mail is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest and support and we’ll keep you informed through facebook, the HANT website and the HANT Bulletin in 2018