Campaign Update

Nuclear waste liabilities drain taxpayers

In the same week that the big guns of the energy efficiency world, including the Energy Saving Trust and the Association for the Conservation of Energy, called for energy saving to be declared a top infrastructure priority, and spending increased to a mere £4bn per year to tackle both fuel poverty and climate change, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced that its undiscounted nuclear waste liabilities have increased by £6.6bn to £110bn but warned that next year the total …

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Nuclear is a choice – not a requirement

The number of energy efficiency measures being installed to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.(1) Yet an ambitious programme of insulating buildings, and producing more energy directly from buildings themselves could net savings to the economy averaging £12.1bn per year from now until 2050.(2)

The government’s energy efficiency policies are in free fall” says Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, “as a result,

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A World in Chains

Since Angie Zelter asked me, over a year ago now, to write a chapter about the connection between civil nuclear power and nuclear weapons for her book “World in Chains”, I have become more and more concerned about the likelihood that nuclear weapons will spread to flashpoints around the globe.

Angie is a well-known campaigner on peace, justice environmental and human rights issues, but she is probably most famous for her work against Trident and her role in the world’s …

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Daily News Roundup

27 July 2014

Dounreay

An investigation has been launched after the discovery of radio¬active pollution outside the Dounreay nuclear complex in Caithness. Alpha radiation was detected in a sample of sludge from a drain upstream of the site on July 10 and reported to a sub-committee of the local stakeholder group on Wednesday evening. It was confirmed on Friday by DSRL, the private consortium that is cleaning up Dounreay. According to the Government watchdog, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), a “small quantity of …

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26 July 2014

Sellafield

Since the £2.8Bn Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP) was opened in 1994, Sellafield’s ’flagship’ reprocessing plant has lost some 1000 tonnes of business contracted by overseas customers. Prior to its opening in March 1994, BNFL confirmed that it had secured overseas contracts amounting to 5334 tonnes of Light Water Reactor (LWR) spent fuel from utilities in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Holland. A majority of this fuel was scheduled for reprocessing, along with UK’s Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor …

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25 July 2014

Radwaste

Local communities could be paid over £40m by government for simply considering the building of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility in their area, ministers announced on Thursday. The renewed effort to find a permanent solution for the UK’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste comes after Cumbria council vetoed a proposed waste dump site in January 2013. But the new approach will not allow any one level of local government to veto future site decisions. The plan allows for communities …

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