TOXIC CARGO IS A PERFECT TERROR TARGET
By Stephen Tindale, Executive Director, Greenpeace
21 July 2006
EVERY week, trains carrying extraordinarily
dangerous nuclear waste criss-cross the country.
They trundle through passenger stations,
past our schools, our back gardens and our workplaces.
Anyone who thinks that these toxic trains
are not a near-perfect terrorist target is either lying ... or deluded.
And anyone who believes that terrorists
aren't perfectly aware that unprotected radioactive waste is passing through our
major cities isn't living in the real world.
There's absolutely no reason for these
trains and their ridiculously hazardous cargoes to be traipsing around the
This waste will never be safe, but it is a
lot less dangerous to keep it on the site of the nuclear power station that
created this mess, rather than lumbering it around the UK.
After arriving at Sellafield in Cumbria, the
mobile terrorist target is supposed to be separated into plutonium, uranium and
what's known as high-level waste.
But this isn't happening at the moment
because the site sprung a leak last year. So there's even less reason for these
transports to take place.
Everyone who lives or works near one of
these radioactive routes is entitled to know that these nuclear trains are
passing them every week.
That's why Greenpeace published a full map
showing the routes these highly dangerous trains take.
Worryingly, the train routes were easy to
work out. Anyone could do it, including a terrorist.
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