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 which will require new employment as Dounreay is decommissioned, with the current interim end state being 2333.
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 from Dounreay 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 Public Co-opted Member of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group since 2013 and attends quarterly meetings in Thurso attended by representatives of the nuclear industry, regulators, public bodies and other organisations in the area with an interest in the Dounreay site.
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.
Chris Birt is a public health physician who in recent years has taken a special interest in public health nutrition. He has held Lecturing posts at several English Universities, Maastricht University in The Netherlands, and has initiated a number of EU collaborative Public Health projects. He was elected as an SNP (Scottish National Party) Councillor for the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer & Lochalsh Ward on Highland Council in May 2022 The SNP opposes the build of new nuclear stations, ensures that radioactive waste stored in Scotland is stored safely and engages with stakeholders on nuclear issues.
Chris became a Committee Member of HANT in 2021 and supports its aims and is aware of the links between public health and the large body of knowledge about the impact of uranium mining and milling, transportation of partially enriched ore, fabrication of fuel-grade material, power reactor operations, and waste disposal and decommissioning of commercial reactors. Also the well documented links between Public Health and Medical Preparedness for a Nuclear Detonation as highlighted by MEDACT MEDACT (Medical Action for Global Security) works mainly in the UK, but also work across national boundaries through international affiliations such as the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)