Dr David Lowry

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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Treasury rebuked over hidden waste costs

Chancellor George Osborne has been criticised by the European Commission for failing to reveal all the costs associated with building the UK’s first nuclear power station since the 1990s. Some members of the Commission were critical that the Government has … 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 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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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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Uranium Exploitation and Environmental racism

The draft Nuclear Industry Association ‘Justification Application’ – dated June 2008 – devotes only seven paragraphs to general discussion of uranium supplies, and  eight further paragraphs in the Annex 1 on the nuclear fuel cycle (three on uranium mining and … Continue reading

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Ed Grothus Obituary

Ed Grothus, who has died aged 86, started his career building atomic bombs, before becoming a committed nuclear abolitionist. He worked for nearly 20 years at the US nuclear bomb factory at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), New Mexico. But … Continue reading

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Sosnovy Bar Conference on Decommissioning

At present Russia is not prepared for the decommissioning of its power units and for implementing solutions to the complex of social, environmental, technological, financial and moral problems of the Decommission Regions (DR) – the regions, where NPPs and radioactive/nuclear … Continue reading

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Uranium mines threatening long-term ecological catastrophe

Gremlins must have entered Sarah Arnott’s article (“Rolls-Royce eyes cut of £50bn nuclear market”, 17 July) for her to write, “In the face of growing pressure to replace existing dirty power sources with environmentally friendly alternatives, nuclear is firmly back … Continue reading

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Tom Tuohy Obituary

The main claim to fame of Tom Tuohy, who has died in Australia aged 90, was his bravery in dousing the worst accident in British atomic history. In October 1957, he was deputy works manager at Windscale, the plutonium production … Continue reading

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