Member Documents

RWM Site Evaluation Consultation

Dr David Lowry’s exasperated submission to the latest RWML consultation on its proposed Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) is available here: http://drdavidlowry.blogspot.com/2019/04/nuclear-waste-very-long-term.html 

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The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste

Report – The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste, by Robert Alvarez, Hideyuki Ban, Miles Goldstick, Bernard Laponche, Pete Roche and Bertrand Thuillier. In this report commissioned by Greenpeace France, international independent experts produce an overview about the current status of … Continue reading

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Response to BEIS consultation on the regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up

Dr David Lowry’s response to BEIS consultation on the regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up. Nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and cleanup

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The Atomic Ostrich

The Atomic Ostrich policy: UK ignores Swedish landmark court decision in backing flawed radioactive waste technology. A path-breaking decision was taken by the Swedish independent Environmental Court on Tuesday this week to reject arguments advanced by the Swedish nuclear waste … Continue reading

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Exposing UK Government Folly of Investing in New Nuclear

Letter from Prof Andrew Blowers to The Guardian: In 1976, Lord Flowers pronounced that there should be no further commitment to nuclear energy unless it could be demonstrated that long-lived highly radioactive wastes could be safely contained for the indefinite … Continue reading

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The Humpty Dumpty approach to nuclear diplomatic relations

Written Evidence to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill scrutiny committee by Dr David Lowry I listened with increasing degrees of disbelief to the ‘evidence’ given in oral sessions to your scrutiny committee on 31 October. While it is very difficult to … Continue reading

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More money for nuclear research

As Osborne doubles nuclear research support for small modular reactors (SMRs) in the UK, David Lowry asks if he has ignored the new, multiple terror risks this brings in its wake? One omission from every single presentation at a recent summit on SMRs … Continue reading

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Japan’s Atomic Ambivalence over Nuclear Relations with UK

Japan has an ambivalent relationship with Britain over nuclear. The history is not encouraging. In 1941 many of Britain’s top scientists left their war-threatened research labs in the UK to join a unique group of international scientists in the secret … Continue reading

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Sellafield: How the nuclear industry fleeced taxpayers

Last week the consortium holding a £22bn contract to clean up the Sellafield nuclear site was sacked, writes David Lowry. But this is just the end of a long and scandalous tale of corporate profit at taxpayers’ expense, and the … Continue reading

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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’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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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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