Category Archives: nuclear waste

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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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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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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Will the government opt for small ‘new-style’ nuclear reactors – an unproven technology?

Andrew Ward and Peggy Hollinger (Financial Times) report that the government is preparing to build a number of small ‘new-style’ nuclear reactors – in spite of doubts about the economic viability of this technology. Greg Clark, business secretary, sees this … Continue reading

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Nuclear power: misjudgements and mismanagement

It is reported that more than 300,000 tonnes of “radioactive” mud, some of it the toxic by-product of Britain’s atomic weapons programme, will be dredged at Cardiff Grounds, a sandbank in the Bristol Channel, to make way for England’s newest … Continue reading

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‘Transport’ tunnel filled with toxic nuclear waste collapsed in Washington state

Though this incident was widely reported we put it on record here in case any of May’s visitors (left) missed it. The US Department of Energy declared an emergency after a ‘transport’ tunnel filled with nuclear waste collapsed in Washington state at … Continue reading

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