The UK has long grappled with what to do with its nuclear waste. Now, the authorities are mulling an underground storage site and are offering cash incentives to persuade locals to accept the radioactive refuse. But environmental groups insist nuclear power must be phased out. A Cumbrian resident reviews the community reaction during the last site search process, and Prof Neill Hyatt explains the science behind geological disposal
Deutsche Welle 8th March 2018 read more »
Events in America over the past couple of weeks reveal some stark differences but also many similarities between the US and the UK that can help inform this country’s current debate on sorting out our nuclear waste. Reading British newspapers you wouldn’t know there was a debate, or that two important public consultations are currently taking place on how we permanently dispose of our nuclear waste. Reading American papers you couldn’t miss the bipartisan fervour behind the proposed solution. Across the US political spectrum, from The Heritage Foundation on the right, to progressives on the left like satirist John Oliver, there is common agreement that entombing the waste deep underground is the safest option. Called ‘geological disposal’, this is also the international community’s, and UK’s, preferred option. But in Britain the issue is unknown to the majority and opposed by a vocal minority.
GDF Watch 11th March 2018 read more »