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RWMD approach to issues management

RWMD report dated March 2012 which includes a full compilation of issues raised with RWMD by various bodies, including NWAA, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM),  and Helen Wallace for Greenpeace International. The issues are grouped together in subject … Continue reading

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NDA RWMD Issues Register

An Excel File (dated March 2012) showing the status of NDA/RWMD work in responding to each of NWAA’s 101 issues in our issues register. The table shows whether or not work is ongoing to address the issue, inactive or planned … Continue reading

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Speech by leader of Cumbria County Council 30th January 2013

On 30th January 2013 Cumbria County Council rejected Government plans to undertake preliminary work on finding a site for an underground radioactive waste geological disposal facility in the County. This is gthe speech made by Councillor Eddie Martin, leader of the Council … Continue reading

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Prof Smythe’s response to Dr Dearlove

Professor David Smythe has written a response to a letter submitted to the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Partnership by the Dr J Dearlove on 13th May 2011. His letter is a commentary on Prof. Smythe’s critique: “Why a deep nuclear … Continue reading

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Nirex Inquiry Inspector’s Report

Over 66 days between 5 September 1995 and 1 February 1996 a public inquiry was held at The Civic Hall, Cleator Moor, Cumbria into an appeal by United Kingdom Nirex Limited against the refusal by Cumbria County Council to grant planning … Continue reading

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Why was Sellafield rejected as a disposal site for radioactive waste?

March 17th 1997 may be remembered by most people in Britain for the announcement of the general election. But for the nuclear industry, this was the day that their waste disposal plans fell apart. A planning Inspector and his team … Continue reading

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Environment Agency Consultation on waste from new nuclear reactors

It is the Environment Agency’s job to regulate discharges and waste disposals from nuclear power stations in England and Wales. The Agency has been working with the Office for Nuclear Regulation on a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) to assess the new … Continue reading

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MRWS – desk-based studies of potential sites consultation

Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: Desk-based identification and assessment of potential candidate sites for geological disposal – a public consultation. A consultation seeking views on how potential sites for geological disposal will be identified and assessed. It sets out how desk … Continue reading

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First Annual Report on the MRWS Programme

The Government’s response in November 2010 to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s report “Radioactive Waste Management: a Further Update”, committed Government to the production of an annual report to Parliament that would be published and copies … Continue reading

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Government publishes MRWS Annual Report 28/06/11

The Government today published the first annual report of its Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Programme. The programme is focused on implementing the long-term geological disposal of our higher activity radioactive waste. Alongside this, the Government published a consultation on how … Continue reading

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Do we want Cumbria to be the UK’s nuclear dump? 22/06/11

The issue about whether Cumbria should host the UK’s nuclear dump was debated enthusiastically at a public meeting in Whitehaven at the end of June 2011. It was organised by West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership, an advisory body … Continue reading

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Retrievability & Reversibility 17/06/11

When the Scottish Government published its Higher Activity Radioactive Waste Policy is January 2011, it also published a series of additional documents. One of these documents – on Retrievability and Reversibility – was outstanding. This was finally published in June … Continue reading

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West Cumbrian Geology Unsuitable 16/06/11

The West Cumbrian Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership has organised a geology seminar to take place in Whitehaven on June 20 concerning proposals to dispose of higher activity radioactive wastes in West Cumbria. The announcement states that I declined … Continue reading

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Kings Cliffe Fight Continues 15/06/11

RESIDENTS fighting plans to dump radioactive waste at a landfill site are considering their next campaign move. The step comes after waste handling firm Augean secured government approval for its plans to dump low-level nuclear waste at its landfill site … Continue reading

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NuClear News

NuClear News is a free monthly newsletter designed to keep climate campaigners informed about nuclear developments in the UK, and anti-nuclear campaigners about climate issues. Building more reactors will make the climate change problem worse, so NuClear News will promote understanding, … Continue reading

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Nuclear Waste Jobs 26/05/11

AN average of 550 jobs generating £3 billion worth of wages over 140 years will come to any area which can take a deep nuclear waste repository. A study by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has illustrated the employment and … Continue reading

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Kings Cliff Dump Go-ahead 25/05/11

Plans for low-level radioactive waste disposal at a landfill site in Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead by the government. The decision for Kings Cliffe near Peterborough follows a two-year stand-off between the hazardous waste company Augean and campaigners. Some … Continue reading

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NDA Manpower Study

Disposal of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste underground will generate an average of 550 jobs over its 140 year lifespan, according to a study published by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The highest employment rate during the £12 billion … Continue reading

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Hansard 23rd May 2011 386W

Caroline Lucas MP asks about the proportion of high level radioactive waste which has been vitirfied into glass blocks. Energy Minister, Charles Hendry says that approximately 50% of the total HLW inventory in stock has been conditioned (or vitrified), but … Continue reading

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Canadian Waste Still Coming 21/05/11

Bruce Power still plans to ship nuclear generators to Sweden via the Great Lakes. Officials at the Owen Sound, Ontario, plant just don’t know when that’s going to happen. For now, things are on hold.  David Ullrich, executive director of … Continue reading

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