[ RadSafe ] Greenpeace nuclear video

Franta, Jaroslav frantaj at aecl.ca
Mon Jan 16 10:37:22 CST 2006

Greenpeace video of 'terror attack' is condemned
The Independent, 14 January 2006
By Oliver Duff

A video showing terrorists crashing a passenger plane into a nuclear power
station - a vivid attack on the Government's alleged intention to build a
new generation of nuclear power plants - has been condemned by the nuclear
industry as "distasteful". 

The 45-second Greenpeace film shows a family on a beach when a plane screams
over them and smashes into the Sizewell nuclear plant behind them. "Do we
really want more nuclear power stations? Tell Tony Blair nuclear power is
not the answer to climate change," it warns. 

British Nuclear Fuels, which runs Sellafield, said it would not dignify the
video with a full response. "We are not prepared to comment on what appears
to be a distasteful publicity campaign," said a spokesman. 

The Department for Trade and Industry accused Greenpeace of trying to
"sensationalise" the issue. 

Dr Frank Barnaby, a former Aldermaston nuclear physicist who now works for
the Oxford Research Group, said Greenpeace, who released the
computer-generated film on the internet, was "facing up to reality". He
said: "The public have the right to know the danger. The Government says the
terrorism threat is real. Building more nuclear power stations, especially
after 11 September, is a risk we don't have to take. For the Government to
encourage it is crazy." 

He added that a terrorist attack on a British nuclear plant was "going to
happen" and predicted that an attack at Sellafield in Cumbria, Britain's
largest nuclear power plant, could kill more than two million. The
worst-case scenario could see 2,500kg of caesium-137, the most dangerous
isotope, escape - 100 times more than that released in the 1986 Chernobyl

Although there are no-fly zones two miles around civil nuclear power
stations to prevent aviation accidents overhead, Dr Barnaby said that there
would probably not be enough time to prevent a terrorist attack. 

Comment: Hard to believe any physicist can be that ignorant & obtuse !!  
(must have been breathing coal pollution for too long....)



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