Sellafield: UK on track to miss key nuclear waste target
“The UK’s biggest nuclear site is failing to cut radioactive discharges into the Irish Sea in line with international commitments, according to a new report.
Sellafield, which was at the heart of the recent Copeland by-election, has been discharging more low level radioactive wastes – resulting from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel – into the North East Atlantic in recent years than it was a decade ago, the latest available data shows.
Anti-nuclear group CORE, which crunched the numbers, says that this means the UK has already violated the OSPAR convention to reduce radioactivity in the maritime environment, as was agreed nearly 20 years ago.
There have been several surges in environmental discharges from Sellafield in recent years, which may go against the spirit of OSPAR, which orders a ‘progressive’ and ‘substantial’ reduction.
It also suggests that the UK may struggle to achieve the goal of cut radioactive discharges to ‘close to zero’ by 2020.” http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2017/02/24/copeland-sellafield-nuclear-discharge-reprocessing-ospar-target/
‘Picking losers’ – UK must not risk taxpayers’ billions on failed nuclear dream
27th February 2017
“With the world’s leading nuclear corporations facing bankruptcy due to ever escalating costs, ‘unconstructable’ reactor designs and financing risks, there’s an easy way to finance the UK’s new nuclear power stations, writes David Toke: pin the cost onto taxpayers. As for schools, hospitals, pensions, housing, social care and other public services, who needs ’em?” http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2988695/picking_losers_uk_must_not_risk_taxpayers_billions_on_failed_nuclear_dream.html
UK nuclear power stations ‘could be forced to close’ after Brexit
“Leaving Euratom treaty will shut down nuclear industry if international safety agreements are not made in time, MPs told”
“But the Office for Nuclear Regulation argued there could even be be some positives to leaving Euratom, such as a reduction in bureaucracy. “If we relinquish Euratom there would be reduced burden from not having to comply with directives,” said David Senior, an ONR executive.” https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/28/british-nuclear-power-stations-could-be-forced-to-close-after-brexit?CMP=share_btn_fb
NO Update on the situation at research reactor IFE Halden, Norway.. YET!
There has been progress dealing with the damaged fuel in the reactor hall, but work still remains to be done. The NRPA have also been particularly concerned about the safety of the reactor and have asked IFE to make several assessments regarding the reactor situation. IFE has assessed the situation and followed up with additional safety measures.
IFE have now initiated circulation of the reactor coolant for example. This means that contaminated air from the reactor hall is being filtered to reduce iodine levels and then released to the atmosphere. This controlled release from IFE-Halden is low level and below permitted limits stated in the operating license. The release has no environmental or health consequences.
The NRPA remain in close contact with IFE and have inspection personnel on-site at Halden most of the time, and during all operations. The NRPA are also continuously being updated about any changes in the situation. http://www.nrpa.no/en/news/93500/update-on-the-situation-at-research-reactor-ife-halden-norway
Sources for this weeks European report
The Ecologist, The Guardian, Greenpeace UK and the NRPA Norway