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Hunterston to Torness Waste Transfers

Questions about the possible threat of terrorist sabotage on convoys transporting Hunterston power station waste have been raised with the body that regulates the nuclear industry. Dr David Lowry, a member of the Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, asked to see … Continue reading

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Sweden wants to transfer ownership of 834 kg of separated plutonium to UK

The Swedish government is set to approve the transfer of ownership of 834 kg of separated plutonium from the Swedish nuclear power company OKG to the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, NDA. OKG has applied to the government for permission for … Continue reading

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Slow motion nuclear disaster

There is a £70 billion slow-motion nuclear disaster happening in Cumbria. It has implications for both the growing nuclear programme and for government spending in general. And a former Tory minister is cashing in on the mess. It should be … Continue reading

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Nuclear leaks bill will be paid by taxpayer

The private consortium that will manage the decommissioning of Britain’s ageing Magnox nuclear reactors will not be held financially liable if they suffer a major radioactive incident – even if it costs billions of pounds to clear up, it has … Continue reading

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Risk of nuclear leak sparks call for installation of flood defences

Managers of a nuclear waste dump on the Cumbria coast have been ordered to start preparations to defend the site against floods and erosion, amid fears that radioactive material could one day leak into the sea. Much of the waste … Continue reading

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Geological Disposal & Jobs

There have been a few media stories placed by those interested in selling the plan to bury the UK’s nuclear waste in Cumbria, which have suggested that the scheme would create a vast number of jobs and bring economic wealth … Continue reading

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Radioactive Waste Consulation

In January 2013 the Government’s plans to undertake preliminary work on an underground radioactive waste dump were rejected by Cumbria county council. The county and its western district councils Allerdale and Copeland were the only local authorities in the UK … Continue reading

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Regulators Scrutiny of RWMD Work on Geological Disposal

In May 2013 the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency published the latest summary of their ongoing scrutiny of the work of the NDA’s Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD). The summary covers the period April 2010 to March … 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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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 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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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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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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