Category Archives: nuclear power

Ireland: scientific and political concern about the environmental impact of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station.

  Since the 1950’s Sellafield (above) has pumped a quarter of a tonne of plutonium and a cocktail of other radioactive isotopes out of twin sea discharge pipes into the Irish Sea. Because the radioactive pollution is detectable the pollution … Continue reading

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Seven years ago, the Environment Agency warned that 12 of our 19 nuclear sites were in danger of flooding and erosion

In the Guardian recently, Paul Brown reminded us that in 2012 a document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed that the Environment Agency was warning that 12 out of the UK’s 19 nuclear sites were in danger of … Continue reading

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America’s plutonium: bury it, dilute and dispose or use it to produce MOX fuel?

o A Moseley reader draws attention to this Reuters special report by Scot J. Paltrow, summarised here with added material. The United States has a vast amount of plutonium and, under the 2000 Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, agreed to … Continue reading

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Nuclear news: 2017 European cloud of radioactive pollution, bushfire threatening reactor, Dr Paul Dorfman

Lefteris Karagiannopoulos writing from Oslo for Reuters, reports that international experts have not been able to find what caused a cloud of radioactive pollution that spread over Europe last year and prompted fears of a nuclear leak, Swedish authorities said … Continue reading

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Protests as highly enriched uranium is flown to America and Australia

o The Scottish Express reports that four US Air Force flights carrying highly enriched uranium bound for South Carolina have taken off from Wick John O’Groats Airport, in Caithness, at weekends as the base is closed to civilian aircrafts on … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince causes concern and a scientist reflects on radiation

  On the BASIC website news from Riyadh was highlighted: RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if its arch-rival Iran does so, the kingdom’s crown prince said in remarks released on Thursday, raising the prospect of a nuclear … Continue reading

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Decommissioning: teams developing robots to work in radioactive areas

o As hopes rise, cautiously, pending negotiations with Kim Jong-un, many hope to see all nuclear installations safely decommissioned and never replaced. Tom Robinson, Deputy of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Centre of Expertise at Sellafield, points out in The … Continue reading

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