At a West Cumbria stakeholder working group meeting last week (18th April) Sellafield Ltd outlined plans for the long-term storage of an estimated 5500 tonnes of spent fuel from the UK’s Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor fleet in THORP’s Receipt & Storage pond. The pond, measuring 73m x 23m x 8m deep, became operational in 1988 and the first … [Continue Reading]
Almost seven years ago the NuGeneration (NuGen) consortium was officially established. Then consisting of France’s Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Spain’s Iberdrola and UK’s Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE), the consortium’s plan was to make a start on its Moorside triple AP1000 reactor site in 2014.
The latest Generic Design Assessment (GDA) update on Moorside’s Westinghouse AP1000 reactor has been published by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
Confirmed by reliable sources within separate Cumbrian local authorities, developer NuGen’s application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for Moorside has slipped back by at least 6 months. This DCO submission date, previously identified variously by NuGen in its Stage 1 and Stage 2 public consultations on the project as April 2017, … [Continue Reading]
Sellafield’s ongoing failure to meet its obligations to an international Strategy is the subject of a CORE critique submitted to OSPAR’s recent Radioactive Substances Committee meeting. CORE’s investigation has revealed that the UK and Sellafield have repeatedly failed to comply with the principal objectives of the Strategy – the ‘progressive’ and ‘substantial’ reduction of discharges … [Continue Reading]
CORE comments on Toshiba’s delayed decision on Moorside. Given that the world’s financial markets are widely speculating today that the delay can only result in the subsequent release of a far worse set of financial figures than already reported by Toshiba – a melt-down primarily brought about by the chronic performance of its subsidiary Westinghouse … [Continue Reading]
My trip down memory lane….. an elusive virus, dodgy radioactive discharges, and an Emperor who changed his clothes. The Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group and other cancer charities united on World Cancer Day. The event brought back memories of not only having to face childhood leukaemia within our families, but also the ongoing battle to find out what … [Continue Reading]
The financial fog swirling around the Moorside new-build project in West Cumbria continues to thicken by the day. The development consortium NuGen must inadvertently have added to the gloom with its recently published statement that “NuGen’s shareholders [Toshiba and Engie] are committed to the development of the Moorside project.”
Head-hunted by Sellafield in 2000 to mastermind the Union’s ‘Save Our Sellafield’ campaign following the damaging MOX falsification scandal in 1999, Jamie Reid was elected in 2005 as the Member of Parliament for the Copeland constituency in West Cumbria in which the Sellafield plant is situated . During his time at Westminster he served variously … [Continue Reading]
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.