Its home to the sweeping dramatic vistas that inspired Wordsworth. Scenery so breath-taking tourists will flock there this summer bringing £2billion to spend at local businesses. And while the picturesque landscape of the Lake District shaped over thousands of years shows no signs of abating, scratch the surface and you see a tale out of kilter with the areas reputation for afternoon teas and leisurely hikes. The story is one of big business, angry locals and radioactive waste. Plans are currently being considered by three councils in the area to build the UKs mammoth radioactive dumping ground the size of a small city underground there. The move has polarised the community and led to accusations and counter accusations. Here The Sunday Post looks at the escalating row over the controversial disposal site as decision day looms.
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EDF Energy restarted its 610-megawatt (MW) Heysham 1-2 nuclear reactor on Saturday, the company said, after an unplanned outage cut it from the grid on June 25.
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As several European countries retreat from nuclear power, the Czech Republic is taking a big step forward in a tender to build new reactors which some in the industry see as a pivotal test of the technology’s future on the continent. On Monday three U.S., French and Russian firms will file bids to build two units at the Temelin plant, testing the waters in central and western Europe after the economic crisis and a disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant which stirred safety fears.
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Japan recently altered its basic law on atomic energy to include national security among its goals for nuclear power. An Upper House session was quick to revise the main principles of the basic law on nuclear power for the first time in 34 years so as to avoid the neighbors watchful gaze. That adds fuel to the fire that the new wording could be a stepping stone to legally permitting the development of atomic weapons in the not-too-distant future. It is hardly the first time that Japan has fumbled the nuclear issue with its neighbors, although Japanese officials in the past have always immediately moved to squash such allegations.
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A PROTEST has taken place at the gate of a Japanese nuclear power plant as it was restarted yesterday the first such facility to go back online since the country shut down all of its reactors for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Ohi nuclear plants reactor No 3 returned to operation despite a deep division in public opinion.
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Iranians are abandoning traditional eating habits, being thrown out of work at alarming rates and face running short of medicines as the nation braces itself for fresh sanctions aimed at forcing its leaders to scrap their suspect nuclear programme.
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Everyone is lying through their teeth. Countries are not working to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. They are working to maintain and/or improve their geopolitical position vis-à-vis their presumed antagonists.
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