The much delayed update from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on its plans for dealing with Sellafield’s burgeoning plutonium stockpile was quietly published at the end March 2019 under the title ‘Progress on plutonium consolidation, storage and disposition’. The lack of fanfare for its publication may be attributable to the absence of any major breakthrough … [Continue Reading]
Some 25 years ago Sellafield’s then operator British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) took many by surprise by publishing plans to supplement Calder Hall’s electricity output (for Sellafield site use) not with a new nuclear plant but with a Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP) that would run on natural gas pumped from the Irish Sea … [Continue Reading]
A Sellafield Stakeholder committee was told last week that, by the 11th November, THORP would have chopped up (sheared) its last batch of spent fuel, bringing to an end almost a quarter century of operation – a performance described to stakeholders as ‘ mission completed successfully’. As has now become customary for such milestone events, … [Continue Reading]
In a not unexpected announcement by Toshiba today (8.11.18), the Japanese conglomerate has pulled the plug on its subsidiary NuGen, the consortium tasked with developing the £15Bn Moorside new-build project in West Cumbria. In its press statement, Toshiba’s Board said “After considering the additional costs entailed in continuing to operate NuGen, Toshiba recognises that the … [Continue Reading]
The findings of the spending watchdog’s latest report on the status of Sellafield’s clean-up projects and costs makes yet more dreary reading for the UK taxpayer – the costs described as ‘a misuse of public funds’ by a spokesman for the report’s authors the Government’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
With Toshiba having stripped South Korea’s KEPCO of its ‘preferred-bidder’ status to take over the Moorside new-build project, NuGen’s intrepid Search for Hopeful Investor Team – shoulders hunched and heads down – are back once again on lookout duty scanning the seas for any sign of a new investor heading for West Cumbrian shores. Already … [Continue Reading]
‘As a site, the full appreciation of chemical legislation, including The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations DSEAR, has been inadequate’. [Sellafield Ltd Board of Investigation report on 2017 ‘chemical event’ and made available to CORE in April 2018]
Days 12-18. Epidemiology; the principles and the various types of studies, prior to Gardner, the Gardner case control study, A Bomb data and studies since Gardner. Start of the epidemiological section where the Plaintiff’s experts were heard before the Defendants. with Professor Stephen James Evans, a medical statistician from the London Hospital Medical College giving … [Continue Reading]
There can’t be many nuclear bodies that choose to bury – just three days before Christmas – what is touted as a good news story by the industry. But this is exactly what Sellafield Ltd has contrived to do in its 22nd December announcement that the long overdue and eye-wateringly expensive Evaporator D has come on line at Sellafield.
“If the current litigation had not been commenced and discovery both vigorously and intelligently pursued by the plaintiffs’ solicitors, the true extent of the discharges of radionuclides to the environment and in particular the massive contamination of the countryside around Sellafield by uranium oxide and plutonium prior to 1986, would have been lost in the … [Continue Reading]