Tor Justad, Chairperson
Tor believes that all waste produced at Dounreay should be retained under constant monitoring and security which would create and maintain employment in Caithness.
He sees his role in HANT as campaigning for greater openness and transparency from the UK and Scottish Government, the nuclear industry and nuclear regulators to ensure that the public are consulted and informed about plans to transport nuclear waste including the risks and the emergency plans in place to deal with accidents or a terrorist attack
He believes in the opinion of the social scientist Margaret Mead who said : “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Tor has been a Member of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group since 2013 and attends quarterly meetings in Thurso attended by representatives of public bodies and other organisations in the area with an interest in the Dounreay site.
Diana Mackenzie – Treasurer
Diana Mackenzie used to drive around in an orange 2CV with a big Nuclear Power No Thanks smiley sticker on the back, and had her fair share of toots, thumbs up and thumbs down and fingers up. Nuclear energy is an issue that divides opinion, but there is a need for clarity and open-ness rather than secrecy, and on the particular issue of the transport of nuclear materials I support the aims of HANT, in bringing this issue to a wider community.
Whatever your views on the nuclear industry it is fair to say that most of us are a bit vague on the details of how it works. I was impressed how HANT works to raise awareness of what is happening within our own area; Dounreay, its changing role and how nuclear material is transferred out of the site. Knowing how this can potentially affect local communities is, I feel, very important. Try coming along to one of our talks – they are very informative!
I have campaigned against nuclear power and weapons for many years for a variety of reasons. Not least because of the horrific legacy that is left behind for countless future generations to have to deal with. Nuclear waste is a scary product that carries enormous risk to both people and the environment. Large quantities have been and are being created by vested interests with little regard to future health.
Society must make sure that those vested interests are held to account and in check. It is good that Scotland will hopefully soon be free from any production of the waste product but I believe it is wrong for us, or indeed any other country, to inflict the burden on others by moving the stuff about.
I agree wholeheartedly with the core principle that the best and only way to deal with nuclear waste is to store it securely where it has been produced until, if ever, a better solution for it’s disposal is found.
It is incredibly foolhardy to think you can transport it without putting both the environment that it crosses and the people living there at risk. The risk may be small but the consequences are so terrible that the risk is completely unacceptable. Any insurance company will tell you that risk is quantifiable by multiplying the probability of an event happening by the amount of damage caused. So how can you quantify an area being unfit for human habitation for thousands of years.
I will do all in my power to stop this stupid and reckless practice of transporting this lethal material across our land, sea, and airspace.