Whilst the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s elevation to the US Presidency have turned the international status quo upside down, other things – such as the nuclear industry’s insatiable appetite for taxpayers’ money, never change.
Due for publication early next year – a long awaited report, to which CORE has contributed, on the fight between corporate profit and public health corporate-ties-that-bind-press-release
Commenting on the publication today of the 17th Report of the Committee on the Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) – and its spokesman’s statements to BBC Radio Cumbria (minutes 03.35 to 08.07) – CORE notes:
Panorama’s exposure last night of Sellafield safety failings, run-down infrastructure and under-staffing will rightly have shocked many national viewers but will not have come as such a surprise to locals and groups such as CORE who routinely monitor the site’s activities.
A guest blog by Pete Roche: Engie, formerly GDF Suez, owns 40% of NuGen, the Company which wants to build three new nuclear reactors at Moorside in Cumbria, next to Sellafield. Yet Engie is fully aware that “the future is going to be much more about decentralized energy“. As Greenpeace Belgium says it’s time for … [Continue Reading]
The armed Barrow-based ships Pacific Heron and Pacific Egret have returned home this week after transporting 331 kgs of plutonium and a quantity of highly enriched uranium from Japan to the US port of Charleston.
The much trailed debate on the 140 tonnes of UK-owned plutonium stockpiled at Sellafield took place today at Westminster today 14th June 2016. In the event the word ‘debate’ was a complete misnomer as the half-hour session consisted of a 20 minute impassioned plea from the Copeland MP and a 10 minute response from MP … [Continue Reading]
After a 10-week voyage from Japan, Barrow-based ships Pacific Egret and Pacific Heron docked in Charleston’s naval yards in the early hours of 4th June 2016 – at least 3 weeks later than projected.
After half a decade of promises to West Cumbrian communities that the first of three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors would be operational by 2024 – a claim repeatedly refuted by CORE – Moorside developer NuGen has today admitted that the first reactor will not be operating until 2026.
As well as dominating the news headlines, the delays to EDF’s Hinkley Point C are also creating waves over 300 miles to the north at Sellafield and the fate of its stockpile of 140 tonnes of separated plutonium recovered from decades of spent fuel reprocessing. A Government decision on how this stockpile is to be dealt … [Continue Reading]