Windscale a dark anniversary

This item from Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic News Mannin draws attention to the recent anniversary of the Windscale Fire at the nuclear plant (now renamed Sellafield) on the English Cumbrian coast which borders the Irish Sea. The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in British history, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. At the time, the British government released only sketchy details of the accident and minimized its seriousness. The fire burned for three days with a release of radioactive contamination that spread across Europe. Its impact were felt upon the east coast of Ireland, Wales and the nearby Isle of Man. Cumberland is also the English county that borders Scotland. All of these Cetic nations surround the Irish Sea which suffered contamination and then joins with the Celtic Sea on the Cornish coast:


This month marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Windscale Fire and the nuclear plant on the Cumbria coast:…/windscale-britain-s-worst-ever-nucle…

I’ve heard little mention of it from our media - perhaps I wasn’t listening close enough.

Windscale was a pivotal event ending the honeymoon over thoughts of cheap clean nuclear energy - in fact it was a cover for nuclear bomb making.

Does the event matter now? I think it does because many think the plant, the accident, the notorious Island experiment involving controlled release of radioactive waste and the later leaks caused a high incidence of cancer on the Island and near the plant.

Of course governments deny any link but when's the last time you believed anything the government told you?

Bernard Moffatt

pp Celtic League


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