from The House Magazine, 29 October 2007
The truth about nuclear power can take a long time to come out. It wasn't until the 50th anniversary of Britain's worst nuclear accident that we learnt just how bad it was.
The real dangers of the cloud of radioactive contamination that billowed out of a blazing plutonium reactor at Windscale in Cumbria on 10-11 October 1957 were covered up for decades. Only now, after a series of new analyses by scientists, do we know that there was twice as much contamination as previously supposed, that it spread far across Europe - and that it caused more than a hundred fatal cancers.