Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, will demand the end of nuclear waste trains travelling through the Olympic site at a demonstration in east London on Saturday.
Campaigners will march from Victoria Park in Hackney to Stratford, around the perimeter of the Olympic Park, to draw attention to the danger posed to Londoners by the regular movement of radioactive waste from power stations in southern and eastern England to Sellafield. The ‘nuke trains’ travel along the Northern London Line which passes through the Olympic Park, just a few dozen metres from the Aquatics Centre.
Jean, who will be speaking at the event, said: “The transportation of such highly dangerous radioactive waste puts the lives of Londoners at unnecessary risk of potential accidents and terrorism. These trains carry all the vital ingredients for a ‘dirty bomb’ and the very real threat of a terrorist attack will be amplified in the run up to the Games. For this reason the Olympic organisers must put a stop to these trains before the Games begin. The lives of Londoners must be the top priority.
“Of course, the real crux of the problem is the use of nuclear power in the first place. It is not the green solution to climate change, however its proponents try to wrap it up. Uranium is still a finite fuel and no safe solution has been devised to store the toxic radioactive waste, it is damaging to the environment and people’s health.
“The only real green solution to climate change is renewable energy. Renewable energy is affordable, safe and clean and the UK has some of the best resources in Europe. Wind power at sea alone could meet our electricity needs three times over and bring thousands of jobs to the UK. And yet the government is still considering investing more money in nuclear energy.
“Just as climate change is an ecological debt for the future, so too is nuclear power. It is dirty, dangerous and expensive, and only compounds the problem is supposedly seeks to solve.”