Tim Knowles, who chaired the last search process, known as Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) has changed his view since 2013 and no longer supports the idea of geological disposal of nuclear waste in Cumbria. He appears to share Cumbria Trust’s view that Cumbria does not have suitable geology, and that there are much better sites elsewhere in the country. It is interesting that we have now had 2 search processes in Cumbria and both the Lead Inspector of the first Nirex process, and now the Chair of the second MRWS process have reached the same conclusion – that the search should move to an area of simple geology in the east or south of the country. Both of them want Cumbria to not volunteer again. In a few months the national geological screening report will be published before councils are asked to volunteer for the third search process. We know that the GDF developer, Radioactive Waste Management, has decided to take control of this report by producing the narrative itself, and our concern is that they may manipulate the output to suit their intention to return to Cumbria for a third time.
Cumbria Trust 15th Jan 2018 read more »
Though nuclear energy is regarded as one of the prominent sources of energy with a huge potential, waste generated from nuclear activity can pose a significant risk to the environment if it is not properly handled. The vast amount of nuclear waste created by power plants can lead to high radiation and raise temperature levels. In recent years, many concerns have been raised over the disposal of radioactive waste and harmful radiations from the nuclear plants. The transmission of this radiation can cause a potential damage to the surrounding atmosphere. The cost of managing the nuclear waste is also high. The damage that could be caused by mishandling of nuclear waste came into focus after the occurrence of Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. Spent fuel rods were found to be one of the major causes of the radioactive emission for the accident that took place at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan. The nuclear accident is considered as the second worst nuclear disaster in the world. The Kyshtym nuclear disaster also occurred as a result of a radioactive contamination accident that took place on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a plutonium manufacturing facility Russia for nuclear fuel reprocessing plant of the Soviet Union. A failure of the cooling system used for one of the tanks containing about 70–80 tons of liquid radioactive waste had led to the accident. The event resulted in hundreds of deaths of the people staying in nearby villages to the production site. The various types of nuclear waste include uranium tailings, transuranic (TRU) waste, low-level nuclear waste, intermediate-level waste, high-level waste and spent fuel rods.
Energy Business Review 12th Jan 2018 read more »