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Moulton veteran supports fight against nuclear waste facility at Theddlethorpe

A South Holland nuclear test veteran has joined the fight against plans to build a waste facility in the county.

Moulton man Doug Hern is among thousands of British servicemen and their families who are paying the price for being exposed to atomic and hydrogen tests in the 1950s.

Now he is putting out a warning over plans to construct a nuclear waste facility at a former gas terminal in Theddlethorpe.

British nuclear test veteran Doug Hern
British nuclear test veteran Doug Hern

Government company Radioactive Waste Management is looking at the plans and Lincolnshire County Council has agreed to join a working party on this project.

People living close to the site have launched a campaign to oppose the bid.

Doug, who fought for the rights of veterans alongside his late wife Sandie, is putting out a warning against the plans.

He said: “Do they understand what they are handling. Anything with a half-life of anything within the range of hundreds to thousands of years hasn’t given up all its surprises.

“I cannot understand the methodology of putting financial gain and jobs to forefront of health and safety of the residents of this county.

“If other countries find it such a desperate material to handle why is it they get rid of it and send it to Britain to be neutralised.

Doug, who served in the Royal Navy for eight years, witnessed five tests on Christmas Island while in the Royal Navy in the 1950s – one atom bomb and four hydrogen bombs.

While on the island, Doug and his colleagues were repeatedly told that they were not being put in any danger.

But it was not until the 1980s that veterans began to fear that the tests were having an effect on them and their families. Doug lost his daughter Gill at the age of 13 to a rare form of cancer.

Sadly Sandie (75) passed away on August 6 .

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