At 12:20am on 10th May, 1977, a nuclear explosion happened in Scotland – but was hushed-up by the BBC and media. The explosion left part of a nuclear plant “in ruins” and a white “plume” of radioactive gas was seen moving towards the sea. Ever since, beaches have been contaminated and hundreds of tons of explosive radioactive waste are jammed into a pipe which is leaking into the open sea.
The Royal Family own 55% of the foreshore beaches of Britain – and it is the Crown Estates who have usually given planning permission for Nuclear Power Stations – the plants usually need to be situated near the sea for two reasons;
Sea water is used as a coolant for the radio-active core
The sea is used as a dumping ground with concealed discharge pipes spewing carcinogenic radioactive particles and debris directly into the sea
In Scotland, the mainstream media have been whitewashing and ignoring a nuclear plant which has cost billions to build and then demolish. The amount of electricity this nuclear plant has produced is only 1% of the energy which could have been harvested in the same 55 year lifespan of the plant if Fuel Cells, Wave Power, Wind Turbines and Solar Panels had been installed in the same area.
The result is that Scottish people are now exposed to radioactive particles – one of which was detected on a nearby beach measuring 2million becquerels.
The Dounreay Nuclear Power plant was built in 1955 – the ‘official’ explanation for the site to be constructed was for the creation of electricity for people’s homes – but in fact the site has been used to develop nuclear technologies for warfare. In 1977 the plant exploded but it was censored from the media.
Away from the prying eyes of local residents and the whole world, the entire Dounreay beach has been contaminated and a staggering 900 tons of dangerously explosive material is jammed into an outflow pipe. Sodium, if you remember your chemistry classes at school, explodes on contact with water, and gives off huge amounts of Hydrogen Gas which itself is also highly explosive – in fact, sodium could easily explode and catch fire when in contact with moisture in room temperature air.
Successive governments and the BBC have been quietly ‘decommissioning’ the four reactors on the site, following catastrophic leaks and at least one major explosion where local tourist beaches are now contaminated – and, yes, all of this has happened in recent years, under a blanket of secrecy.
According to a brief and lonesome Wiki page, this is the current toxic state of the plant:
SEA USED AS TOXIC WASTE DUMP: A 200 foot deep shaft filled with potentially explosive nuclear waste is contaminating groundwater, and is threatened by coastal erosion. That means the shoreline is fracturing and crumbling – and this poses a threat that cracks and fissures in the current foundations of the plant may have already happened. The shaft was used to dump highly poisonous and radioactive material on a very ad-hoc and poorly monitored basis, without reliable waste disposal records being kept. This is almost identical to what has happened at Sellafield/Windscale in Cumbria which has the world’s most toxic and potentially explosive ‘swimming pools’ filled with radioactive waste that has been ignored for 50 years.
HYDROGEN GAS EXPLOSIONS CENSORED IN THE TV NEWS: Radioactive waste in the shaft has resulted in one hydrogen gas explosion caused by sodium and potassium wastes reacting with water. The only reason we know any hard detail of the explosions is because of a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT request. The first major explosion blew a SEVEN TON PIECE OF CONCRETE into the sky – exactly the same as what happened at Fukushima. Naturally, like in nearly 100% of all the world’s nuclear disasters, the public were lied to about the intensity of this sodium-atomic explosion. The explosion was was dismissed at the time as a “minor incident” by senior staff at the nuclear plant. The Scottsman is the only newspaper to have accurately reported that the explosion in 1977 caused extensive damage and propelled material 250 feet into the air.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that a 93-word press release issued on the day described it as a “Minor Incident at the Solid Waste Facility Dounreay”. It said that a chemical reaction, “probably involving 2.5kg of sodium”, occurred, adding: “The energy generated displaced the concrete cover and some insignificant spots of activity were deposited close to the facility”. However, the papers show the waste shaft’s concrete plug, weighing seven tonnes, was blown 15 feet into the air and thrown against a security fence, while a steel plate, nearly 1.5 metres in diameter, was blasted 40 feet into the air. Think about that for a minute. SEVEN TONS of CONCRETE blown into the air – can you imagine the size of this explosion? It is obviously a major incident and Scottish people now have enough documentary evidence to sue the government for not only damaging the environment but also lying about this nuclear-hydrogen explosion.
MUSHROOM CLOUD MOVED OUT TO SEA: According to the Scottsman newspaper, radioactive, molten hot debris was projected over the boundary fence onto public land and onto the beach. Solid lead panels were thrown over the security fence and two six-metre scaffolding poles were found outside the fence, one 40 yards away on the beach. The windows of the control room were also shattered and asbestos weather shields surrounding the waste shaft and a 20ft length of the nearby security fence were extensively damaged. About 50 spots of ground contamination were found to the north of the shaft and pieces of asbestos [which is carcinogenic] were discovered up to 75 metres away. Accounts from staff say a white “plume” was seen moving towards the sea. The cause of the explosion was said to be hydrogen collecting in the air space above the water in the shaft. That plume would be highly radioactive hydrogen.
Hundreds of thousands of radioactive nuclear fuel particles have been spewed onto the seabed causing the beach to be closed in 1983.
Fuel rods containing the most toxic and poisonous substance in the world – plutonium – have been dumped into the sea.
In 2012, a two million becquerel particle was found at Sandside beach.
- A staggering 1,500 tonnes of sodium – which explodes in contact with air – is stored on the site.
On 18 September 2006, Norman Harrison, acting chief operating officer, predicted that more problems will be encountered. The decommissioning process means some rooms at the plant are being entered for the first time in 50 years.
In 2007 UKAEA pleaded guilty to four charges under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960 relating to activities between 1963 and 1984 – one of disposing radioactive waste at a landfill site between 1963 and 1975, and three criminal charges of allowing nuclear fuel particles to be released into the sea.
The fine was a measly £140,000- so small, in fact, that it is highly unlikely to protect the public from any further breaches of the law.
Cleaning up the mess will take at least 25 years and will cost around £4.9 billion. In other words, the total cost of this disastrous project – around £6 billion, could have been invested into a nest-egg fund earning 5% interest every year and the interest could have by now populated the region with 100 large scale wind turbines, wave power harvesters and a million square feet of solar panels, producing electricity forever, and provide far more safe jobs and added to the tourist appeal of this region of Scotland.