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Swedish town welcomes dump 19/05/11

Hosting a permanent nuclear waste repository is not high on the list for most municipalities. But residents of the Swedish town of Östhammar are 77 percent in favor. Transparency on the part of politicians and industrial leaders has made the … Continue reading

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Dump is “trump card” for new Sellafield reactors 16/05/11

Evidence leaked to Greenpeace and released under the Freedom of Information Act shows local nuclear consultation on nuclear waste disposal is a sham. The documents reveal that the three Councils which have made an ‘expression of interest’ in West Cumbria … Continue reading

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Burden on Future Generations 13/05/11

In producing nuclear power we are taking the benefits today but leaving the burden of cleaning up waste and accident risks to future generations, argues a study on nuclear ethics. As we delay and dispute how to manage our existing … Continue reading

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An alternative to Yucca Mountain 13/05/11

President Barack Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on where and how to store radioactive waste from nuclear power plants has called for temporary storage facilities as an alternative to a controversial waste site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Reuters 13th May … Continue reading

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Above Ground Storage for US 12/05/11

A commission created to help resolve the impasse over the disposal of US nuclear waste will propose establishing one or more sites where used reactor fuel could be stored in steel and concrete structures on the earth’s surface for decades. … Continue reading

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Hansard 3rd May 2011 693W

Caroline Lucas MP asks about quantities of nuclear waste created by civil nuclear programmes so far, and the quantities expected from a new build programme. Energy Minister, Charles Hendry MP, refers to the most recent UK radioactive waste inventory published … Continue reading

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Waste Referendums 26/04/11

Villagers from a dozen local communities were in London today, trying to stop the dumping of low-level nuclear waste near King’s Cliff in Northamptonshire. 12 villages to the east of Peterborough held referendums at the beginning of the month – … Continue reading

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WRATS 25/04/11

The UK has a unique problem with nuclear waste. As a pioneer in the nuclear sector in terms of the development of weaponry and of nuclear power a variety of equipment designs were used in the early days, along with … Continue reading

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Nuclear Eternity 24/04/11

Few architects have to design anything to last more than 100 years, so how do you build a nuclear waste facility to last for millennia? And what sign do you put on the door? Onkalo, which is Finnish for “hiding … Continue reading

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Drigg Safety Case 21/04/11

WORK aimed at proving the safety of the UK’s designated low-level radioactive waste disposal site is complete. LLWR at Drigg needs a new permit in order to continue operating the site for many years ahead. The ball will be set … Continue reading

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NDA Response to NWAA Issues Register.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Response to the NWAA Issues Register. Part One: Inventory; Gases; Site Considerations; Construction Issues. Up to page 13. NDAResponse(Part1) Part Two: Waste package & repository components; Chemistry & contaminations levels; Pages 14-27 NDAResponse(Part2) Part Three: Plutonium … Continue reading

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Cumbria fights Lillyhall dump 14/04/11

A LEGAL challenge may be brought against the Environment Agency’s decision to allow low levels of radioactive waste to be buried in Lillyhall’s conventional landfill site. Cumbria County Council, supported by Allerdale Council, is considering making the challenge. They don’t … Continue reading

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Talk on Issues Register to West Cumbria Partnership

On April 14th 2011 Pete Roche gave a short talk to the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership meeting on the NWAA Issues Register and the NDA’s response which focussed on just four of the 101 outstanding scientific and … Continue reading

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Why a deep nuclear waste repository should not be sited in Cumbria: A Geological Review

In February 2011, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) wrote to the West Cumbrian Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership to assert that there was no basis for the views expressed by Professor David Smythe regarding the unsuitability of West Cumbria. … Continue reading

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Prof Smythe counters CoRWM on geology 12/04/11

In February 2011 CoRWM wrote to the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely ‘Partnership’, to assert that there was no basis for Prof David Smythe’s view regarding the unsuitability of West Cumbria. CoRWM wrote: “there is presently no credible scientific case to … Continue reading

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Tim Knowles condemns Lillyhall go-ahead 07/04/11

Tim Knowles, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for the environment, has condemned a decision to allow nuclear waste to be buried at a Workington dump, calling it “disappointing and disheartening”. The Environment Agency confirmed yesterday it had granted a permit … Continue reading

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Lillyhall gets go-ahead 07/04/11

PERMISSION has been granted for Lillyhall landfill site to start receiving and disposing of high volume, very low level radioactive waste. Waste Recycling Group (WRG), which owns and operates the site, will work with its partner EnergySolutions to safely dispose … Continue reading

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Radioactive Waste Inventory

The latest United Kingdom Radioactive Waste Inventory has been published. The UK Radioactive Waste Inventory, currently updated every three years, is provided by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The inventory describes the stocks of … Continue reading

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Issues Register Commentary

The Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates Issues Register Comnmentary is a more detailed look at the 101 outstanding scientific and technical issues which will need to be resolved before a safety case can be compiled for a deep geological disposal facility … Continue reading

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Issues Register

This is a list, compiled by Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, of the 101 outstanding scietific and technical hurdles related to the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. These issues will need to be resolved before a safety can be made. For … Continue reading

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