Member Documents

Fracking Safe? In National Parks? What is Lord Smith Smoking?

Lord Smith’s views on fracking betray an total ignorance of a large body of published, peer reviewed science that contradicts his conclusions, writes David Lowry – not to mention those of his political masters. Is ‘groupthink’ leading the UK astray? … Continue reading

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The China Syndrome

By Dr David Lowry. Last week David Cameron met his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, in London, following his own visit to China last autumn. On their agenda was Chinese interest in investing in the UK nuclear industry via two state-owned … Continue reading

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Nuclear Security

Talk by Dr David Lowry to the European Environment Foundation Convention of Environmental Laureates, Freiburg, Germany, 10?13 April 2014 entitled “Ramping up of nuclear power in the UK: Implications for nuclear secrecy and insecurity.” The final communiqué of the Global … Continue reading

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Fracking’s Radiation Risk

Dr David Lowry’s evidence, dated October 2013  to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs inquiry into the Economic Impact on UK Energy Policy of Shale Gas and Oil. See pages 381 to 384 here: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/economic-affairs/EnergyPolicy/Evidence%20Volume/EAC-energy-ev-vol.pdf

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“Nuclear’s insecurity of supply” and “The truth about evacuation zones as a lesson from Fukushima.”

Remember Fukushima:   No to Nuclear Power: Public Meeting in House of Commons, Monday 10th March Talk by Dr. David Lowry: “Nuclear’s insecurity of supply” and “The truth about evacuation zones as a lesson from Fukushima.” Fourman Films 11th March 2014 … Continue reading

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Energy security unpacked: Insecurity of Supply and Insecurity of Nuclear Facilities

Presentation by Dr David Lowry to ‘The UK and Nuclear Energy – Taking Stock’ Conference at The University of Liverpool, 1st November 2013. This presentation looks at the use of the concept of energy security from a critical perspective, exploring … Continue reading

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Nuclear Insecurities Research Note

Nuclear insecurities research note by Dr David Lowry for the DECC-NGO forum, 20th September 2013. More than 10 years after the 9/11 hijackers considered flying a fully loaded passenger jet into a Manhattan area nuclear reactor, nuclear facilities remain inadequately … Continue reading

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A Wasted Future: how the UK’s nuclear waste programme melted down

Presentation by Dr David Lowry to MKG (Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review (Miljöorganisationernas kärnavfallsgranskning) forum, Stockholm, 21 November 2013. The holes that appeared in the national Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MWRS) Programme – a look at the history … Continue reading

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Nuclear security, nuclear weapons and nuclear new build – key issues for consideration by the NFLA

Speech given to the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Annual Policy Seminar, County Hall, Cardiff, 6th December 2013. Dr Lowry asks how our official nuclear security regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, is getting on in making the security of our nuclear … 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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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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Scottish Waste Policy – a brief assessment

The Scottish Government’s Higher Activity Waste Policy – a brief assessment. The Scottish Government does not support deep geological disposal. It published its finalised Higher Activity Waste Policy in January 2011. This brief assessment by Pete Roche was written for … Continue reading

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Minister congratulates David Lowry

Paul Flynn (Newport West) (Lab): Will the Secretary of State congratulate Dr David Lowry on publishing evidence from the 1962 report of the Medical Research Council’s National Radiological Protection Board to show that there was an experiment in which people, … Continue reading

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Why we shouldn’t join the nuclear bazaar again

Dr. David Lowry is an independent research policy consultant specializing in nuclear issues, working with politicians, NGOs and the media.  He is a former director of the European Proliferation Information Centre [EPIC] in London.   This article for the New Paradigms Forum, is … Continue reading

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Radioactive Waste Inventory

Any community expressing a willingness to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) should know exactly what it is letting itself in for. So the first question such a community might be expected to ask would be “how much waste will … Continue reading

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Letter to Geoffrey Podger

Letter to Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive of the Health & Safety Executive, regarding comments made by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) representative at  the Cumbria County Council Planning Hearing of November 2008, which  misrepresented the position of the NII, with … Continue reading

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NDA & ‘Credibility of Evidence Base’

For the Autumn 2008 Waste Planning Hearing into the Waste Framework to be adopted by Cumbria County Council, the Inspector had requested evidence concerning whether the proposed approach to radioactive wastes was based on a “robust and credible evidence base”. … Continue reading

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NII & Incorrect Evidence to Waste Planning Hearing

At the November 2008 Cumbria County Council Planning Hearing into their Framework for Wastes, Rachel Western referred to the July 2008 NII Newsletter, to show that: the NII required ‘urgent’ measures to be carried out to address problems with waste … Continue reading

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Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 3, 2010 Contents include an Editorial by Professor Blowers and five research papers focusing on issues of participation in radioactive waste policy covering the Nordic countries and the UK. Radioactive waste has long been the Achilles Heel of the … Continue reading

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Doubts over Geological Repository

Experts believe that gases generated by metal corrosion and degradation of organic waste would be likely to accumulate within a geological repository. The main gases produced would be hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. It is thought these could contain radioactive … Continue reading

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