BREAKING NEWS: Ann McCall, Siting Director for RWM, the organisation responsible for delivering the UK’s geological disposal facility, will leave the company at the end of the year. Following news of RWM MD Bruce McKirdy’s retirement, it is thought that her departure forms part of the wider review of organisational leadership being conducted by RWM’s parent organisation, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). No further information is yet available. We will update you as further information becomes available.
GDF Watch 15th Oct 2019 read more »
A species of photosynthetic bacterium could help to soak up radioactive contaminants in polluted waterways. Benjamin Kocar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Karim Benzerara at the Sorbonne University in Paris and their colleagues found that the bacterium Gloeomargarita lithophora is particularly adept at sucking up the radioactive isotopes radium-226 and strontium-90. The former has a half-life of 1,600 years, can be found in mining and power-plant runoff, and is one of the most common radioisotopes in groundwater. By contrast, 90Sr mainly reaches waterways from nuclear tests and accidents, and has a half-life of 29 years. Both are thought to pose risks to the environment and human health, and prior research has explored the ability of various microbes, fungi and other organisms to gobble them up.
Nature 15th Oct 2019 read more »