Radioactive Daffodils

When the UKgovernment asked for places to volunteer for sites under which high level radioactive waste from nuclear power stations could be buried it was met with a deafening silence. When it added some grant money and the potential for jobs only one place stepped up –West Cumbria, which is one leading a race comprising of only one participant.

The ability to safely dispose of nuclear waste by burial is not yet proven. Much depends upon the local geology and the precise methodology of storage. Radioactive waste is hard to contain unless you have a foolproof system of storing it and there are too many fools around for anything to be foolproof.

The issue is complicated by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) which may take place many miles from the storage site, but which may create weaknesses through which radioactive gases may escape to the surface of theLake District. A new Wordsworth may write

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high over vales and hills

When all at once I saw a crowd

Of radioactive daffodils