Campaign Update

Hinkley – Extremely bad value for consumers

Evidence has poured into the European Commission as it investigates whether the deal with EDF on Hinkley Point C breaks EU competition rules. Many objectors,   who made submissions by 7th April, claim that the contract will wreck Europe’s chance of building up renewable energies to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

In a damning and succinct demolition of the UK Government’s case in favour of state-aid for Hinkley C, Friends of the Earth (FOE) show how the …

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Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) a dismal failure

The Government has launched a consultation to seek responses to an application submitted by the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) for a regulatory justification decision in relation to the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). The consultation runs until 13th May 2014.

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has published a briefing which provides an overview and model response to the consultation. It is available here.

Chair of the UK and Ireland NFLA, Councillor Mark Hackett, writing in The Ecologist, …

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Time to end reprocessing at Sellafield

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a consultation on whether to allow the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) not to reprocess small quantities of overseas origin oxide fuels that are either not economic or not possible to reprocess in Sellafield’s Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP) before its currently scheduled closure date of 2018. The consultation closes on 28th May 2014.

DECC says around 300 tonnes of overseas origin spent fuel still remain to be reprocessed, …

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Daily News Roundup

24 April 2014

Sellafield

SAVINGS of £7m have been made as a major nuclear clean up project in Cumbria was completed four years early. One of the UK’s top 10 nuclear safety risks has been significantly reduced after a project to repackage historic plutonium-contaminated filters at Sellafield was completed four years early. The work involved removing the filters from a building deemed no longer fit-for-purpose, repackaging them and placing them in a more modern store. The filters had been removed from facilities around the …

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23 April 2014

Radwaste

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is concerned to read the detail of an Environment Agency (EA) report that outlines that the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) near Drigg in Cumbria is virtually certain‟ to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, as the potential effects of climate change impact on the English coastline over the next few hundred years. NFLA is concerned that the EA appear to be …

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22 April 2014

Radhealth

Ex-workers of Albion plateau, France’s Soviet-era nuclear land missile base, have launched legal proceedings to receive compensation for diseases they say are linked to radiation exposure. A group of soldiers tasked with guarding the Albion military base in the Drome-Vaucluse area of southern France are fighting to have their mystery illnesses recognised, claiming protective measures were so lax that some even touched the plutonium-filled warheads with their bare hands. Dozens of soldiers have since been struck down by rare forms …

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